Dear Iggy Azalea,
I was a Black child of the ’90s who grew up on hip-hop and R&B. Some of my favorite adolescent memories were set to the soundtrack of the likes of Toni Braxton, Tupac, Sade, Lauryn Hill and Nas. I may have only been seven-years-old when DJ Kool announced, “Let Me Clear My Throat,” but I was always right on time with the chorus as the beat dropped. I Hammer-timed and sang along to “Baby Got Back” while shaking my booty in the mirror. These “Black” music genres gave me an identity to be proud of. It taught me how to display and be proud of my culture and heritage. These “Black” genres were dominated and represented by people who looked like me — and those “Black genres” were at the top of America’s music charts. It was a true phenomenon to behold; a very recent freedom acquired by Black Americans after a long history of musical and cultural theft by Whites. I am the byproduct of that freedom: confident, strong and unapologetically Black. Sadly, today’s Black youth will not have the chance to see themselves in the music created by their people — a cyclical, unbreakable White tradition of theft and appropriation has once again taken that from them. And you are part of the problem. Keep reading »
Snoop Dogg (Lion?) has been taking to Instagram this week to rip on Iggy Azalea’s looks, call her a bitch and a cunt, and try to feed into the rumors about a fight between Azalea and Nicki Minaj. Snoop’s been repeatedly comparing her looks to Marlon Wayans’ character in “White Chicks” and put up a video rant in which he said he was going to “check” her, whatever that empty BS amounts to. Azalea told him she was disappointed in him for being kind to her face in the past and an “asshole” on social media now.
Before you jump on Azalea’s bandwagon, remember that she called a paparazzo a cunt and told him she hopes he dies of Ebola just a few days ago. She’s said plenty of racist and otherwise ignorant shit on Twitter. She’s not exactly classy, nuanced, considerate, or enlightened, she’s just ducking out of this fight because it’s totally pointless. Keep reading »
I never thought I’d hear a bluegrass rendition of any Iggy Azalea song, let alone “Black Widow,” which is the total opposite of what I picture when I think of the genre. That said, I’m kind of loving this. [Tastefully Offensive]
Ready for your mid-week mindfuck? Check out this side-by-side of Iggy Azalea and young Diane Sawyer. Twinsies! Is Iggy Diane’s long lost daughter? Is Diane a time-traveling beauty queen rapper? Will Iggy grow up to be an internationally revered news anchor? Who knows, but let’s get one thing straight right now: Iggy wishes she had half Diane’s swagger. [via HeatherMostlyGretel]
Hip-hop is probably my favorite genre of music, but goddamn, sometimes the lyrics can go and ruin a perfectly great song. Such is the case with T.I.’s collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “No Mediocre,” which musically is cool and catchy and would be super fun to dance to — if not for the lyrics being painfully sexist from start to finish. The song is all about how T.I. doesn’t want to get with any women he deems “mediocre,” specifically women who don’t do their hair, have “bush” (“I should see nothing but pussy when I look down there”), wear tennis shoes instead of heels, and don’t have pretty faces and a “fat ass.” In other words, the song is about how mediocre and unworthy the vast majority of women in the world are, according to T.I. Keep reading »