'They don't say that stuff about Macklemore,' says rapper
Iggy Azalea has said that the criticism she receives for her role in the hip-hop world are “100,000 per cent to do with the fact I have a vagina”.
In December last year, the rapper came under fire from critics for appropriating black culture. In particular, Azealia Banks accused the Australian of picking and choosing from black culture but ignoring larger issues, such as protests sparked by the deaths of African-Americans Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police.
Following Banks’s comments, online group Anonymous threatened to release stills from an alleged sex tape featuring Iggy Azalea unless she issued an apology for what the group described as “misappropriating black culture, insulting peaceful protesters, and making light of Eric Garner’s death”. Rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest also tweeted a long “history” lesson for Azalea in which he placed the birth of hip-hop in context with the civil rights movement and the effects of the Vietnam war.
Speaking to Vanity Fair about her background, Azalea said: “Well, I never thought it was strange. If you go back to The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley and Eminem – they’ve all basically done black music. I felt this wasn’t that far from what we’ve seen in music history over and over again.”
Asked if she thought criticisms of her were rooted in misogyny, she replied: “Well, they don’t say that stuff about Macklemore. So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina.”
Azalea was involved in numerous spats in 2014, including a squabble with Snoop Dogg which started when Snoop uploaded an image of a white man sporting cornrows with the caption reading: “Iggy Azalea No Make-Up”.
In November, meanwhile, she hit back at Eminem after a track in which the rapper threatens Azalea with rape leaked online. Eminem’s track ‘Vegas’ features the line: “So what’s it gon’ be? Put that shit away, Iggy. You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me. Scream! I love it. Before I get lost gettin’ off“. Azalea took to Twitter to say that she was bored of the “old men threatening young women as entertainment trend” and that she was “more interested in the young women getting $ trend”.