Will.i.am supports Azalea, saying "hip-hop is global now"
Rapper Iggy Azalea has responded to recent criticisms about her role in the hip-hop world.
Attempting to rise above the brewing debate, she told her critics she was “not going to sit on Twitter & play hip-hop squares with strangers to somehow prove I deserve to be a fan of or influenced by hip hop” in a series of tweets posted last night (December 22).
The Australian rapper recently came under fire from New York’s Azealia Banks, who accused Banks 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”.
On December 20, rapper Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest 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.
Yesterday William spoke out in support of Azalea. The former Black Eyed Peas man said “hip hop is global now… it doesn’t matter if you’re white or black,” and went on to say that Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ was responsible for hip-hop reaching a wider audience. Rapper Lupe Fiasco also came out in support of Azalea.
Read the full series of tweets below.
Azalea has been moved to comment on 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 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”.