Snoop Dogg defends Iggy Azalea and Macklemore: ‘They got soul’

Rapper previously exchanged insults with Azalea via social media

Snoop Dogg has defended Iggy Azalea and Macklemore, claiming that both rappers “have soul.”

Speaking to the NY Times, Snoop Dogg was asked his opinion on their music and the “suburban streak in hip hop.”

“Rap is supposed to grow,” he replied. “One thing about Iggy and Macklemore: They got soul. They’re inspired by hip-hop. I don’t care how you’re gonna take it to your people and flip it and dip it and serve it.”

The rapper’s comments follow an exchange of insults with Azalea which took place via social media at the end of last year.

The insults began when the rapper posted a picture on his instagram account criticising Azalea’s looks. An image of a white man sporting cornrows was uploaded with the caption: “Iggy Azalea No Make-Up”

Azalea took to Twitter to field a series of now-deleted tweets in response.

“Why would you post such a mean pic to insta when you send your body guards to ask me for pictures every time we are at shows,” Azalea allegedly tweeted, later adding: “Every time I’ve ever spoken to you you’ve always been nice as hell, I’m disappointed you’d be such an ass for no reason.”

After further back-and-forths, Snoop eventually apologised via an Instagram video, revealing he’d had a conversation with Azalea’s one-time mentor T.I.: “Boys and girls, I just got off the phone with my boy Tip, the king of Atlanta, and it’s officially over. No more bad talk, I apologise. I apologise. I’m sorry.”

Iggy Azalea has since quit social media. The rapper left Instagram in March after quitting Twitter in February, claiming it was making her so angry it was affecting the recording of her new album.

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg releases his thirteenth studio album ‘Bush’ on May 13.

The album has been entirely produced by Pharrell Williams and features collaborations with Stevie Wonder, T.I, Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross.

Speaking of the record’s funk-inspired direction, he commented:

“There’s a void for that style of music. I think if rap never came out, I’d have been a R&B singer. I would have been like Rick James, though — an edgy renegade.”