I been waiting on this topic for a long time. I wanted to find all the right words and to make sure I did it right. Plus I wanted to see how far the hate and slander would go and to see how real it was. Every once in a while an artist comes along and people decide on what “passes” to give them. White rappers get passes and International rappers get passes and female rappers get passes.
What do I mean by get passes? The people that will say stuff like
“Man! The white dude snapped on that!”
“Dude is from like London though….”
“She got BARS to be a female…I dig it”
I don’t like all that because I come from a “Hot or Not State of Mind”. Meaning I don’t care what color, gender or geographical location someone is, if you got BARS or if I just like what you are doing, then it’s Thumbs up. I don’t like it…Thumbs Down. Period.
Iggy Azalea happens to have fair skin, be a female and from Australia. I don’t have time to play the race card and say “because she’s light she’s white”. I knew an Australian girl who had long flowing curly hair and was brown skin…You know what she considered herself? Australian. Not Mixed, Not Black, Not “Creole”[Which by the way is NOT a real race of people] Australian or “Aussie”
Recently, there has been nothing but slander, disrespect and discrediting to Iggy and her career. People want to see her fall, people want her in beef and she is either getting too much or too little credit depending on who you are talking to. Why? Because she followed the Rap Superstar Format that’s why.
This may be a shocking revelation to some of you but, some people are in the Music Industry and specifically hip-hop to make a lot of money and to become Superstars. Everybody is not concerned with “Keeping It Real” and “being down”. Some of you confuse it with “selling out” and we’ll talk about that soon. The Rap Superstar format has been in full effect since the 80’s. Iggy is following suit. You are just mad. You are just being a hater. I will prove both in a few prime examples
Iggy is ugly: WRONG! Yes, it’s a matter of opinion but Iggy is a GORGEOUS looking female. She look like she about 5’10, Long legs, nice eyes, her skin look soft and she has a cute accent. Right now we have no reason to believe she has had any cosmetic surgeries. You know who is not that pretty? You know what…let me chill.
Iggy Don’t Write Her Raps: Ok. For the sake of an argument lets say you are absolutely correct. However don’t say that as the end all be all trump card to your conversation. Why?
Because Biggie wrote Queen Bish for Lil Kim and many other songs
Because Eazy E’s Debut album was 100% written by Ice Cube and MC Ren
Because The Games Album “The Documentary” started off as 50 Cent’s “The Massacre”
Because Jay-Z Wrote Foxy Brown’s Verse on Affirmative Action and Dr Dre’s Still D.R.E
Because Big Daddy Kane wrote for Biz Markie before he got his chance to shine
Because Diddy told us through another rapper [Possibly 50 Cent] “Don’t Worry if I write Rhymes I write checks”
Using “Iggy don’t write” is like O.J being mad at Rae Carruth….If that went over your head, Google Rae Carruth.
Iggy is on a major label, that’s why she popping: DUH! The point of being a recording artist is to make hit records that are for sale. If you don’t make hits or get sales, you get dropped. Why is that so difficult for people to understand? You want to know some other people who are popping because they made hit records on major labels?
M.C Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Nelly, Eminem, 50 Cent, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Ja Rule, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne. So your point about her being popping on a major is what now?
Has Iggy “saved hip-hop”? No. Hip-Hop doesn’t need saving and until females become a powerful 51% of the game, that will never be a reality. Is Iggy the Hottest female rapper in the game right now? Yes and No. Nicki took a break, Kim had a baby, Jean Grae hasn’t dropped to common knowledge, Remy hasn’t been released yet, nobody has seen Trina, Foxy or Shawnna musically and nobody is checking for Joseline and Karlie Redd no matter what reality show they are on. Charli Baltimore has dropped but she is Indie and I believe officially living in Detroit now. So YES, Iggy took over while all that happened as she should have. The year is not over and it may be hard for y’all to believe but 5 or more female emcees can shine at one time.
Right now, present day, Iggy Azalea is the hottest rapper on the Pop Charts. Pop is short for popular music. Deal with it. If you don’t like that, put your money on another rapper male or female literally so the labels will send them offers, open up a budget and give that artist a push.
All this is to say, you have no real reason to not like Iggy Azalea. It be better for you to say “I just don’t like her” because even with no clear reason people can just say “Ok, she’s not your cup of tea, everything ain’t for everybody.”
You want to know the two reasons I like Iggy Azalea?
That there is way before T.I signed her
I know…my appreciation for her has very little to do with music. I’m a guy what do you expect in the first 3 years?
She did get busy on this though
5 thoughts on “So You Decided To Hate Iggy Azalea Because She Followed The Rap Superstar Format”
Doesn’t excuse her racist and homophobic tweets, freestyles and interviews though, does it. I used to like her, Pu$$y, My World and Work were my most listened to songs of 2013. Then I saw how disrespectful she was towards POC and LGBT+. As Azealia Banks put it: “its funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?” And yes, Iggy has since spoken up about Ferguson, but that doesn’t excuse her from her lyric “I’m a runaway slave master”. So no, I haven’t decided to hate Iggy Azalea because she followed the rap superstar format; I hate Iggy Azalea because she isn’t doing anything good for the game, she can’t rap for shit live, and she’s a terrible human being.
Hey author,i like your article but some things you said weren’t facts especially when you claimed Games Album was started off as 50’s massacre,how factual was that? Was it true because 50 said it? and what did that have to do writing?wrong example man but over all good article
It’s not a wrong example at all. That was the Shady/Aftermath/GUnit umbrella and formula. A quote from Game [Not 50 Cent] is “He did for me the same thing that Em and Dre did for him”. That’s what working camps do. The lend, pass and share rhymes, hooks, beats and songs. Thanks for reading
I’m an 80’s girl; meaning i grew up in the 80’s. Also, born and raised in The Bronx, NY. Meaning, i experienced/lived the birth of hip hop. I first heard Iggy via Fancy via my granddaughter. I half-dismissed it, but something about it stayed with me. I listened again and again then i was compelled to listen to what else this white-girl (yes i admit i went there) has to say. I listened to her whole album and was hooked. She is the female rap artist i have been waiting for for over a decade (jean grae notwithstanding of course). Perhaos she will reopen or lubricate the door for real female rap artists to start maki g their way to the forefront of the hip-hop world once more! I for one continue to wait with bated breath. In the meantime, respect to this new girl on the block, she’s got some serious chops and i think is a force to be reckoned with. As long as she keeps it real i will be following her.
Beautifully put. And nice to hear from someone who remembers the birth of HipHop and yet is still excited for fresh voices and the continuation of growth in the art. Nothing can remain stagnant. If it’s not growing and evolving and moving forward, it’s decaying. That’s the cycle of life and art.