Macklemore Slams Iggy Azalea, Becomes The Latest Rapper To Take Shots At Her
Add rapper Macklemore to the list of Iggy Azalea haters. The Seattle rapper threw shade at the Australian singer in his new song “White Privelege II” for a claim that she has contributed to the appropriation of black culture – an accusation Azalea is quite familiar with.
“You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment, the magic, the passion, the fashion you toyed with, the culture was never yours to make better, your Miley, your Elvis, your Iggy Azalea,” Macklemore raps, as transcribed by Access Hollywood.
The song tackles the Black Lives Matter debate, and its release coincides with the #OscarsSoWhite controversy currently dominating headlines.
He also takes an introspective look at his own cultural appropriation of supposed black music.
“We wanna dress like, talk like, walk like, dance like, but we just stand by, we take all we want from black culture, but do we show up for black lives?”
“I wanna take a stance because we are not free, and I thought about it, we are not we. Am I in the outside looking in? Or am I in the inside looking out?”
But of course, the talk on social media is the Iggy Azalea name drop in the song and forced the 24-year old to take to Twitter to defend herself (as she’s had to do multiple times in the past) according to Cosmopolitan.
@IGGYAZALEA have you heard Macklemores new song where he disses you?
— Iggys Bae (@lggysBae) January 22, 2016
As previously mentioned, Macklemore isn’t the first rapper to target Iggy Azalea either. First, Nicki Minaj famously went on a rant at the BET Awards last year when she claimed Azalea didn’t write her own lyrics.
“What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit “Nicki Minaj wrote it,” the “Anaconda” rapper said at last year’s awards, as reported by Pitch Fork.
The assumption she was making by her accusation was that Iggy Azalea wasn’t a true rapper, but a creation that used black music to appeal to a white audience. And while Minaj later went on to clarify her comments, saying that they were taken out of context and that she had congratulated Azalea on the success of “Fancy,” this would be the first of many attacks on Iggy’s reputation.
Her biggest detractor, of course, is fiery rapper Azealia Banks. The pair have had numerous Twitter beefs spanning months as detailed by The Guardian. The most explosive attack was the rant rapper Azealia Banks went on after Iggy Azalea was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rap album last year. Banks went off on Iggy during an interview with Hot 97 in New York.
“[The message to white kids is] ‘You’re great. You’re amazing. You can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to black kids, ‘You don’t have s–t. You don’t own s–t, not even the s–t you created yourself.'”
Azalea responded to the accusation by (once again) taking to Twitter to defend herself, calling out Azealia Banks for trying to draw attention to herself.
Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven’t is because of your piss poor attitude.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 19, 2014
The back and forth eventually drew the ire of the entire hip-hop community, including A Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip who chimed in with his own opinion, as reported by Billboard.
And now Macklemore becomes the latest to pile on the Australian rapper. At this rate, will Iggy Azalea be able to overcome all the negativity around her as an artist? Or will she simply be a footnote in hip-hop history?
[Iggy Azalea photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images. Macklemore photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images]