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Iggy Azalea Sparks Controversy On Twitter, Justifies Using the “N” Word

Two white rappers, Iggy Azalea and Macklemore, are now the Queen and King of Rap, according to a comment on Twitter by one of Azalea’s fans that has been circulating on the internet as of late.  A few months ago, Forbes Magazine shared similar sentiments, saying hip hop is “run” by Azalea.  Although the Australian rapper has been growing in popularity this year and is currently on billboard.com’s ‘Hot Rap Songs’ list twice, news of her being rap’s reigning queen may not sit well with some rap fans who have questioned Azalea’s authenticity and respect for the culture of hip hop.

Former Flipmode Squad rapper Rah Digga recently expressed her irritation with the “Black Widow” rapper who has been criticized several times for her use of a “fake” black Southern accent.

“Iggy Azalea…I can’t even get into her.  It’s not even real to me,” she told Gossip Viv on a ThisIs50 interview.  “Teach me Australian Hip-Hop culture. Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo…We’re not going to believe you if you’re trying to convince us that you’re out here trap shooting.  There’s too many passes given.”

She went on to say that she doesn’t even consider Azalea’s music style to be hip hop, but views her music as “pop.”

Then there have been critics of Azaleas who have noticed that some of the language she displays on social media can be very disrespectful to the black community.  In July, Chuck D, a hip hop pioneer, tweeted a photo that Azalea took with TI, B.O.B, and Drake that had the caption “Me and Ma N*ggas.”  He believed  the “Fancy” singer had captioned the photo herself, so in response, he wrote  “A new straight path to slavery Here comes a endorsed sanctioned CORPlantation artists with A line straight out of 1853.”

Although, according to BET.com, the caption turned out to be fake, Azalea apparently sent out a tweet in the past that may explain why she feels she should be able to use the degrading word:

“So you’re allowed to say n*gga because you’re black. Yet I can’t say it?  The word n*gga is different from n*gger.  N*gga is used to describe someone who is arrogant.  Idk why it’s such a problem when white people say it, when black people know d*mn well that a MAJORITY of people saying it aren’t even saying it to be racist because most racist don’t say n*gga.”

So Azalea is an Australian rapper who does pop music and does not respect black culture enough to understand why a white person saying ‘n*gga’ isn’t a good idea.  Can someone who fits this description truly be a ‘Queen of Rap’?

Respected hip-hop and sports writer John “Hennry” Harris is livid with Azalea’s reaction to the use of the n-word.  According to Harris, who is the founder of the hip-hop group “Tha U,” Iggy needs to take the time to educate herself on black culture before she starts using her power to dictate the discourse in highly sensitive debates.

John "Hennry" Harrris

John “Hennry” Harrris

Here’s what Harris had to say about Miss Iggy:

“What does Aussie Iggy Azalea know about racism anyway? She comes from Australia, a land that was almost completely populated by Aboriginal peoples until the British Empire imposed political and economic control of the continent .. sound familiar (Native Americans . ) Here in America, her blonde hair and white skin are revered in the media and she is only a benefactor as the music industry uses her (and artists like her) to whitewash hip-hop and take ownership of the culture that people of color has created. Why would she want to say Ni88a anyway? I don’t see her running to use cracker in her rhymes? Oh, I guess because her boyfriend Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young is black she deserves a pass? “Ni88a is used to describe someone who is ignorant” … that idiotic statement alone lets me know that you definitely should not use the word. She clearly does not understand it but if she uses it around the “right” person she will have a more legitimate reason not to use it.”

Another hip-hop artist, Yarima Karama, isn’t happy with Iggy’s words either.  Yarima paid the real dues of the street, serving 20 years in prison before he was able to get a chance to begin his career in hip-hop.  Shortly after his release, he went right to the studio and recorded “My Testament: Volume 1,” a telling reflection on his hard days on the streets and even harder days in prison.  It was behind these racist walls that Karama says he found himself and began to truly develop his essence as a hip-hop artist.

Karama says that Iggy isn’t hip-hop, she’s actually pop.  It’s hard to even compare Karama’s many struggles as a black man with the life experienced by a 20-something year old white girl named Iggy.   Karama feels that Azalea is being used by other whites and white-owned companies who exploit hip-hop culture and degrade it for their own financial gain.

Yarima Karama

Yarima Karama

Here is what Karama had to say:

Again this a pure display of Iggy and other whites using words and our culture to make millions off of demoralizing and degrading language. Of course she feels justified using the word because other black rappers have endorsed her use of the word. I agree with Rah Digga, I don’t consider her to even be a hip hop artist. She’s pop all the way but white media will flip anything the way they want, especially when there’s a white artist involved.

 

A third hip-hop artist who has thrown his opinion around on the matter is Vigalantee, out of Kansas City.   Vigalantee (aka Roger Suggs) founded a popular movement in his city called the “No Jangle” movement.   He has been pushing for years to get hip-hop to return to its roots and to reject the ignorant, violent messages being promoted today.  His hometown of Kansas City has seen more than it’s share of violence, addiction and incarceration, so he’s flat out sick of it.

He says that black people are the ones to blame when white artists like Iggy step into the game and take over.  He says that when hip-hop made the conversion from meaningful music to overly-materialistic nonsense, this opened the door for other artists to enter the industry with empty messages.

Vigalantee

Vigalantee

Here’s what Vigalantee had to say:

Chickens have come home to roost.  Our people dropped our integrity for the bling and fame.  Hip hop used to be about a movement, now it has birthed the ‘wigger’ offspring and we are to blame.

What do you think? Is Iggy trying to get a ghetto pass that she hasn’t earned yet? If she can’t call black people n*ggaz, then why do black people use this word on each other?  Has hip-hop lost its soul?

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

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127 Comment

  1. or Chuck Berry

  2. Sho u rite!!

  3. Well said. I'm tired of our people give the word a pass. That person that hates you because of your skin just sits back and laugh because you look stupid trying justify using the word.

  4. TURN YOU BACK ON HER AND ANY ONE WHO SUPPORTS HER…. T.I. is real silent on this one

  5. Aaron Tanner I do not use the word, and I do not encourage others to use it. BUT I also understand that there is such a thing as in-group and out-group usage. The in-group may refer to themselves as one thing within the group, but that does not make it okay for the out-group to do it. Dan Savage uses the word "fag" to empower himself as a gay man. Plenty of people use the term "redneck" to empower themselves. It is fine in the ingroup, but when someone in the outgroup says it, it is likely an insult. Personally, like I said before, I think IF we as the black community are going to make a concerted effort to change or end our usage of the word, it should be because we find it too offensive or ignorant, NOT because it's unfair for white people not to be able to say the word without there being a different connotation. Cause otherwise we're just changing our speech to make white people comfortable…

  6. Don't worry about the fact Iggy is a complete fraud and no stranger to racist or homophobic tweets. She dates black dudes, so it's okay.

  7. is someone going to do something about it or,we all going to sit with our devices blogging our mind

  8. If someone from Australia can’t come to America to do hip hop (or any other music) then AC/DC Shouldn’t have been able to America to do rock-n-roll.

  9. My ex-husband is black, my son is half-black, I have black friends and family and not once ever in my life has that word passed my lips. Fuck T.I. for bringing us this HORRENDOUS ASS BULLSHIT POP STAR IGGY AZELA and trying to pass her off for someone with talent. I am so sick and tired of people thinking that because they have black friends or they have a black boyfriend or kid that this fact somehow gives them a free-pass to utter that word. It is so fucking disrespectful. Fuck the Corporate World MAKING MONEY OFF THIS bullshit ass pop music and Fuck sorry ass bullshit rappers like T.I. for even giving Iggy Azela a platform to show her IGNORANT ass!!!!

  10. My ex-husband is black, my son is half-black, I have black friends and family and not once ever in my life has that word passed my lips. Fuck T.I. for bringing us this HORRENDOUS ASS BULLSHIT POP STAR IGGY AZELA and trying to pass her off for someone with talent. I am so sick and tired of people thinking that because they have black friends or they have a black boyfriend or kid that this fact somehow gives them a free-pass to utter that word. It is so fucking disrespectful. Fuck the Corporate World MAKING MONEY OFF THIS bullshit ass pop music and Fuck sorry ass bullshit rappers like T.I. for even giving Iggy Azela a platform to show her IGNORANT ass!!!!

  11. I understand how one can be offended by somebody saying the "n" word, slang or not. However if you're going to be offended by it be equally offended when a black person says it. It is not ok for anyone. Saying it is for one race and not another is completely hipocritic

  12. It also doesn't help the case by using terms like wigged either. More eloquent words could've been used. It brings the general message of the quote down

  13. It also doesn't help the case by using terms like wigged either. More eloquent words could've been used. It brings the general message of the quote down

  14. Is this really the problem with hip hop. I mean the hip hop mainstream music I hear is shit anyway. I think you do like the last guy said. Take it back to the day and get better again. Than you have a right to bitch. I agree her music isnt rap, but honestly better than 90 % of whats out. And quit crying racism, she didnt even use the word to begin with.

  15. She just shouldn use the word to keep all the bs dwn flatout.

  16. Nigga is an acronym created in the 80s

  17. I'm really serious when I ask this question: Who or what is an Iggy? Is she suppose to be a rapper that's from Australia? What is hip hop about kangeroos? Crocodile Dundee and the late great Steve Irwin are all that comes to mind when I hear Australia. Why is she popular in the USA? Does she have an urban message? Has she witnessed cultural genocide here? What does she have to say that's prolific to our history? Why is she of any importance at all? She does not get nor deserve a pass! She cannot hold a title that deserving artists have held, ie, Queen Latifah,

  18. MC Lyte, Salt n Pepa, YoYo, to name just a few of our authentic Queens of hip hop. IMO! Carry on…

  19. Blah blah blah!
    Always making something out nothing. I can't stand this bs

  20. Omg get the fuck over it. This subject is so old n played out its annoying now. FREEDOM OF SPEECH no one owns a fuckin "word" don't you ppl have anything better to do with your time? Smh…. get a real job just a bunch of drama starters.

  21. She needs to keep her mouth quiet and stop using it, she the definition of what the word means, ignorant.

  22. I just want to point out that while we waste our time aiming our anger towards Iggy about using the “N-word,” shouldn’t we be asking ourselves who really motivated the use of this word? I am pretty sure that this would not even be an issue if we, ourselves, as a group didn’t use the word towards each other. This sort of controversy of the word would probably be irrelevant if it wasn’t a word that was popularized by our own “kind.” While we blame and slant someone else for using the word, we use it ourselves, which a lot of people don’t understand, is demoralizing and further belittling to our culture- AND WE ARE THE ONES DOING IT. So what if she uses the word ONE TIME. We use it everyday, so why should it be an issue. We call our friends and loved ones the word. It’s ironic because the variation of the word is define as “someone who is ignorant AND/OR arrogant.” I know some people who claim that they are the “hardest” out there and call their white friends the N-word or let them use it, so why is this any different? I am sure that half of the people in this post use this word towards their friends, or even everyone. I don’t personally use the word because of its origins, but I hear it tossed around like it DOESN’T have the heavy origins behind it. I don’t think our ancestors (you know- the ones who not only fought for our freedom but ALSO the equality of all?) would be too impressed with the display or hatred and dislike towards someone who is only making a living for themselves. If we promote the free-reign usage of the word by using it ourselves, why should we shun someone else for saying it? It’s simple, people, the finger that we point at others should REALLY be pointed at the mirror.

  23. Hip hop is a style of music that I’ve grown up with and although I’m not black I connected with it because I grew up in less than ideal circumstances. To me, it wasn’t about what color you were… It was about your struggle to live. At what point can we stop arguing over which race this genre of music belongs to?! Why can’t this be our music, American music. Like I said, I’m not black, but I damn sure feel that this music belongs to me. It’s what I’ve used to get through the lowest times in my life. I don’t know, I grew up listening to Pac and his words were gold. I considered myself a thug because I grew up poor, in the struggle and had to hustle for every success or achievement in my life. I’ve also really tried to understand and empathisize with the plight of African Americans in this country. More people died during slavery in this country than the holocaust. It’s unimaginable and terrifying and fucked up on all levels, but we as a country need to get past this together. I’m sure the wealthiest 1% in this country would like to keep us fighting… Because a country divided cannot stand and they know that shit. Let me confirm for you that those 99% are people of all races. This bickering is fucking stupid. We should be discussing why hip hop has lost it’s ideals… Why aren’t there artists with anything profound to say? Hip hop was a movement…. And whether you’d like to admit it or not all races in this country participated in that movement. So I don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks… Hip hop is mine just as much as it is anyone else’s.

  24. Zero fucks given. i’m hungry, I’m thinking tacos for lunch sound good.

    • You gave enough of a fuck to click on the link…. scroll down (after having read — or not. It doesn’t matter)… enter some info… type a comment.. and hit he button to post it.

      You idiot.

  25. Dear Ms. Azalea,

    You are a beautiful woman with obvious star power and intriguing innovation techniques, so why does it bother you that you can not say the N-word? Why do you think you have the right to say it? As an artist you are supposed to tell a story through your music. When you leave this world you are supposed to want to have done something that no one else has done. Are you just another person with pale skin that feels they have earned the right to use the N-word? Let me explain something to you, you will never accomplish enough in this world to use THAT word. You are nothing more than a modern minstrel show. Everything about you is a carbon copy of a person with dark skin turned around to be fed to the white masses. You are tool being used to promote the ideas that all a black person is is “twerking” and having an “urban” accent. There is much more to being black than those things Ms. Azalea. To be black is a sense of pride because we as a people have come from literally the bottom of the food chain to the top. We have come so far that a white girl from Australia grew up and wanted be us. Do you know what it means to be US? US, means we can overcome anything that has been put in our way. US, means that we will never be silenced. US, means that no matter how far life has beaten us down we will always rise back up. That is the message that the media wants to use you to hide. You have been named “the queen of rap” by a white fan who most likely knows nothing of the history of rap and hip hop. A real artist would have responded and said ‘no the real queens are those that paved the way for me to get me here.’ Please show some respect for the people that did the ground work. Instead of fighting with an Artist such as Nikki Minaj you should be thanking her for paving the way for you to ride her coat tails. Do you really think a woman rapper would have been taken serious if there never was a Missy Elliot, an Eve, a Trina, or a Lil Kim? Until you realize that though you have achieved a lot of fame, you have not accomplished half of the things these artist have. Though you have tried to penetrate the country club called Hip Hop you have not been successful. Hip hop is storytelling in an ingenious way. The way rappers put words together and come up with phrases that speak to people who don’t know how to phrase it themselves should be an art form taught at the most respected conservatories. If you haven’t noticed Hip Hop isn’t about color, so why do you think that because you work in a genre created by black people you have the right to insult them. When you use that word you are biting the hands that feed you. You are not a rare flower Ms. Azalea every branch you have grown started with the grunt work of the black artist and when you use that word you might as well spit in their faces. You of all people should want to stay away from that word due to the fact that the people who are most offended by that word gave you your wings so you could fly. You say that the N-word is calling someone ignorant, I believe english is your first language. Why can’t you say the simple three words “You are ignorant”? You are a carbon bleached copy of works that people of the dark complexion could never get recognition for, and therefore you will go far. Like Elvis and many other white artist you have been given the credit for the work of the black Artist but you are not Elvis. Elvis was his own person and never found it fit to call the people who inspired him the N-word.He knew his place and played his role well. Where is your place Ms. Azalea? Do you have one? Or are you just creating a rift farther and farther from you and your fans? People may say this isn’t about color, but in reality everything is about color. You can steal and be called an Icon I steal and go to jail .My final point is that the difference between you and I using THAT word is that when you use THAT world only one of us gets hurt. When you use THAT word every person who did the ground work for you has just been stepped on. We as a people made you Ms. Azalea and without us you will come unraveled just as easily.

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