Back over in controversy court, tensions have flared up between two new femcees - Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks!
Harlem princess meets Sydney’s baddest chick, this showdown is certainly one I would want to see live – lyrically speaking of course (#teamnodomestics)!
Following yesterday’s events regarding Iggy and T.I, where the Grand Hustle C.E.O spoke on up and coming rapper Azealia Banks not making it to XXL Freshman cover, Azealia seems to have played this duel well by suggesting lyrics such as Iggy’s ‘runaway slave master’ are racial slurs and offensive. It seems like the Harlem femcee is tactfully trying to decrease Iggy’s popularity and build up her own. (Not that she needs to with 4 million + views on ’212′ via Youtube). This would also explain why T.I was caught fighting girl battles for his artist – no shade!
But two immensely talented female musicians fighting? Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj has taught them how to gain publicity!
Now unlike most bloggers, I am not about to jump on the Iggy Azalea bandwagon just because she is signed by T.I and to Grand Hustle (who I adore by the way) – but Iggy took to release a response behind her ‘runaway slave master’ lyric, explaining the context of the lyric and its purpose and meaning!
Iggy’s letter to the world:
Im writing you today to address a lyric I said a few months ago in one of my songs that I feel has been used to unfairly slander my character and paint me as a racist person.
Kendrick Lamar is one of my favorite artists and I loved his song ‘Look Out for Detox’ so much I decided to do my own version of it last year. The lyrics I wrote follow the original version closely; One lyric in particular has offended a lot of people and for that, I apologize.
The artist’s lyric was: “when the relay starts I’m a runway slave”
My lyric was: “when the relay starts I’m a runaway slave…Master, shitting on the past gotta spit it like a pastor
This is a metaphoric take on an originally literal lyric, and I was never trying to say I am a slave owner. The intent was to say was that past histories have been mastered, or overcome, and that you may feel my line was ‘shitting on the past,’ just as many feel pastors shit on the bible or biblical history…although they mean no ill and just have their own take, hence the lyric ‘gotta spit it like a pastor.’
In all fairness, it was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.
I don’t hate any race of people, and it pains me to wake up to other young people being misled to believe I do. I am for unity and equality. People should get a fair shot at whatever they want to do no matter what color they are; rap and hip hop as a culture is not exempt from this. It is unfair to say other races who also grew up listening to rap don’t get a place too. We have a place and the Azaleans and myself are evidence of that fact. All people have a voice and equal right to use it.
In your lifetime you will say a lot of things you will wish you hadn’t too. I have to have my poor choice of words live with me forever on the internet. Please know that I have grown from this and hope to have your continued support in life and my mission of bridging the gap. As one of my lovely azaleans said last week: we are the prototype and far beyond the stereotype.