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Let’s Talk About… Iggy Azalea

Salon’s Brittney Cooper has written a great piece on Iggy Azalea and cultural appropriation. *

It goes without saying, but avoid the comments.

Cooper’s thesis, that Iggy’s success is at the expense of black women, and especially black women rappers, is compelling; the piece is definitely worth a read.

What do you think, readers?

*Never judge a Salon piece by the headline.

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4 replies on “Let’s Talk About… Iggy Azalea”

Ms. Cooper perfectly articulated my feelings into words. I CRINGE every time I hear Fancy. My little sister loves her and I had to remind her that the woman rapped about being a “runaway slave/master.” Like…what? What does that even mean? She’s also been put on blast for racist Twitter posts. Even if she wrote her own music, it wouldn’t change my distaste for her. Why can’t be yourself? Why do you have to appropriate style and vernacular associated with black women to make a name for yourself? And you do realize that the only reason black men are co-signing you is because they want to sleep with you? (I actually saw a snippet of an interview she did where she said that that was an issue in her career, and I do sympathize). But yeah, she irks my face.

I saw her tonight on the ESPYs and I felt like I must have missed an important cultural memo where it was explained why what she is doing is remotely OK. I’m glad I’m not alone in that.

Nicki Minaj put the attention on one of the key things about IA, which is that she doesn’t write her own music. I feel like this fact negates any claims that Azalea is an artist whose creativity flows in the direction of hip-hop.

I might be willing to believe, with her age, nationality, and the talent backing her, that Iggy Azalea isn’t trying to misappropriate another culture. Of course that still requires setting aside Australia’s own dismal record on racism and xenophobia.

But Americans who idealize her while complaining about how Nicki Minaj and Beyonce are “trashy,” though? Not one doubt in my mind about where they are coming from.

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