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Where to start? Firstly, she doesn’t make music I want to listen to. Her music is pop bullshit to me and I have no interest in ever hearing her rap. But that’s not really her biggest crime.
I can’t stand that she promotes puppetry. Let me explain…
Hip hop, as well as being about skills on the M-I-C has always been about identity. Whether it be cultural or strictly personal, identity has been a consistent vertebrae in the backbone of hip hop.
Every dope emcee has established who they are from day one. If you don’t have an identity in hip hop, you call into this haze of grey matter where all the mediocre emcees reside. But good hip hop has always sought to identify itself. Look at every classic emcee…there’s something about them. They’re not just this face with words falling out of its mouth.
Now, hip hop identity can be split into two categories: the realness and the not-so-realness. The realness is for emcees who are themselves. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, modern day Nas etc.
The not-so-realness s the other part of hip hop. Hip hop has always had a pro-wrestling aspect about it. It begs the audience to suspend disbelief, right? We want to believe that M.O.P. are shooting people on the streets of Brownsville. Suga Free is a pimp.
Look at Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre just got three billion dollars and yet, if “Detox” ever drops, he’ll be rapping about cocking gats on the streets of Compton. A billionaire. It’s ludicrous but we suspend disbelief in order to enjoy the music.
Iggy Azalea fucked up by breaking the fourth wall. She’s a skinny white girl from Australia and, all of a sudden, she’s a big booty black girl from the Dirty South.
She waltzed into hip hop and seemingly laughed at the idea of identity. She just blatantly created a character that seemingly disrespected the culture. She openly allowed herself to be a puppet to society’s whims.
"But didn’t Lil’ Kim do the same? She rapped about sex to get a male audience." True, but beyond Kim’s sexiness, there was a strong woman there. Yes, Lil’ Kim would suck your dick but you better believe she’d make you cry afterwards. She rapped like her vagina had teeth.
Same with Nicki Minaj. I don’t care for her or her music but, beyond the colourful outfits and whatnot (which she has toned down), there’s this woman that seeks a unity for women in hip hop. When she says she’s a “boss bitch,” you see her striving for it.
"What about Eminem?" Eminem never tried to be black. Eminem was a dope rhymer who rapped about raping Christina Aguilera and killing his wife. Yes, he was a character but he wasn’t bowing down to a concept fashioned by the idea of popularity. He made his gimmick popular.
Iggy Azalea mocks hip hop. She’s a caricature who knows she’s a caricature and isn’t afraid to rub it in our faces.
Okay, so she has ghost writers. I don’t really care about that. Ghost writers are rife in hip hop. Allegedly, Dr. Dre’s never written a rhyme in his life. It’s not about that particular aspect of her facade.
It’s that being who she is - this ridiculous bullshit artist - implies that as long as you get a fat ass and rap about trapping, you’re all good to go. All she is is TI in a wig and dress. She has no identity whatsoever, whether it be an identity centered around realness or not-so-realness. She doesn’t want us to suspend disbelief. She’s making fun of the cultural significance of hip hop.
On top of that, she’s apparently a ridiculous racist. Eminem, years ago, got a shitload of grief when a few of his old songs were released and he was caught using the ‘N’ word. Iggy Azalea turns up on the rap scene, adopts an accent and aesthetic that she thinks makes her “more black” and then, on record - not an unreleased record but an actual on-the-charts record - calls herself a FUCKING SALVE MASTER.
You can’t just shit on hip hop like that. You can’t just borrow the aspects you feel make you more accepted and then say “Fuck you” to the aspects of hip hop that are the most important.
Yes, she has her fans and, hey, if you can look beyond all that bullshit, good for you. If you just want to listen her rhymes…cool.
But she is the ultimate puppet. She dances to whatever tune is playing at any time. She promotes cultural appropriation and, to me, that’s not cool.
Death to iggy music ..