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Why do we hate (on) Iggy Azalea?

Iggy-Azalea

It’s interesting to me to watch the commotion around Iggy Azalea and the reactions from people who don’t understand why she catches so much heat. I mean, it should be pretty obvious that Black people are never, ever OK with appropriation of our culture (unless you’re the one cashing the checks because of it. *cough*, T.I.) But, just so you can have an even greater understanding of why we hate (on) Iggy Azalea so much, let me enter exhibit No. 3,005:

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Kid Sister.

Kid Sister, whose real name is Melisa Young, is a young woman from Chicago’s south suburbs who’s been making the rounds of the international music scene since 2007. Her brother, Josh Young, of the hip-hop/techno duo Flosstradamus, wasn’t banging out like he is now, and Kid Sister was the budding star of the family. She first got national acclaim with her Kanye West supported single “Pro-Nails” and at the time, it was only a matter of time before she blew up. For those not familiar with her sound, please click here and here for a sample.

I’ll wait …

… So did you listen?

Who did she sound like? Mmm hmm. The question really should be, who sounds like her?

On the conspiracy theory side of my brain, I’ve deduced that a yet to be named ‘Iggy’ Azalea was at one of Kid Sister’s Australian concert tours where she first heard a sound and a style that intrigued her. I imagine she went back to her Australian home and mimicked Kid Sister’s style until she had it down pat, and then entered the performing arena of a hip-hop culture that she already adored. A White girl rapping like a Black chick is much more marketable than Kid Sister, who is a mix of Black, White and Native American, who came out rapping like … herself.

See, these are the things that make us hate on the Iggys, Macklemores and even Eminems of the world. You see Em wasn’t doing anything that Redman wasn’t already doing. Macklemore wasn’t doing anything that, let’s say, B.o.B wasn’t already doing. And Iggy Azalea wasn’t doing anything that Kid Sister wasn’t already doing.

So what’s the big difference between them, you say? Must you ask.

 

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Iggy-Azalea

You tell me. I shake my head at the tomfoolery of it all. Needless to say, that’s why we hate. And that’s why we hate (on) Iggy Azalea.



23 Comments

  1. 5aiah on March 7, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Eminem wasn’t doing anything that Redman wasn’t doing? Just invalidated your entire article right there.

    • guest on March 12, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Well he wasn’t! Unlike Iggy, Eminem is very talented but the awards and accolades he has received compare to his counterparts is laughable. Eminem has 13 Grammy awards compare to Redmans 0 Nas 0. Whether he is a better rapper than either of them is debatable but is he really that much better? He himself has acknowledged Redman as being a huge influence on his rapping style. The problem isn’t white rappers appropriating the culture so much as it is holding them in a higher light based on the color of their skin.

      • 5aiah on March 12, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        Neither Redman and Nas are no where near the producer he is. Eminem got grammys and an oscar because he writes the music he raps over. He’s not THAT much better a rapper but he is THAT much better a complete artist.

        • TJ Crawford on March 13, 2015 at 7:12 am

          You’re tripping if you don’t recognize what Redman was doing in the early 90’s as the forerunner for Em. #realtalk

          • 5aiah on March 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm

            I recognize and like Redman music but he’s not the producer Eminem is. Name his best work as a producer and put it up against Em’s, Em is one of the best in the business. Redman was a forerunner but no where near the talent of Em and that’s why he wasn’t as popular in the mainstream.



  2. detroitdolly on March 7, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    i don’t hate on iggy. my daughter doesn’t like her because she has appropriated a black southern accent. i say, who cares? music, like all art is subjective. everything is not for everybody. my beef with iggy is that she seems dazed when she is performing…but, a lot of new artists don’t have the skills to command a stage, black or white. they know what they are supposed to do in a video and don’t realize it doesn’t transfer when you are in front of a live audience. i have macklemore’s album and it is dope. if you are good, there’s always room at the top, no matter what your color. instead of the other ‘azalea’ or anyone else commenting or ragging on iggy, macklemore or anyone else, i say, ‘what are you doing? worry about yourself.’

  3. Sighhhhh on March 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    By that logic how about we should just never let any other race other than black folks rap or do hip hop!! I mean damn really? All those people B.O.B, Redman, and Kid sister are famous so because Maklemore, Em, and Iggy had talent they should stay on the sidelines watching because they might steal some black person’s turn. This arcticle is dumb and racist!! Black people want to be accepted into everything but as soon as white people try to do something we all jump on them calling them out for having the nerve to be even similar to black people. Every artist sounds similar to someone I think its awesome that us black people inspire all races to want to be like us.

    • Unified people on March 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I completely agree and wish what you said can be projected for all our black people to hear! The author of thus article is no better than the white people who say we shouldn’t participate in for instance…country music…yep…no better than them.

    • Jason on March 8, 2015 at 11:32 am

      The issue is often the lack of respect for the culture and art form. Macklemore and Eminem are humble, but Iggy has not been(runaway slavemaster??). Am I saying they should bow down to Blacks – YES – they should. They should bow down to the innovators who through their hardwork gave them something to emulate. Blacks need to stop being so quick to give away everything they work for. Blacks can’t go into country music without being humble.

      • Darzov on April 19, 2015 at 1:27 pm

        Not blacks in general, that’s horribly racist. The people who created rap. Thank them. Not blacks as a whole. Or feel free to bow down to me because a white man invented the commercial automobile.

        • Jason on April 20, 2015 at 6:08 am

          She needs to respect the culture she steals from. Call it what you want.

    • honeybutter on March 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      exactly what do they expect , we wouldnt have had tina marie if someone hadnt look pass her color and saw her talent, at that time black females were made at rick jamaes for discovering her . and christina aguliar dont call her self soul singer cause blacks are so rootless and judgmemental it dont matter who sings the song if its soul , as many mix race kids we have why is that ok but whites being accepted as soul singers is not ? and rapper is not ? music is universal and no one gender owns nothing , ,that is why darius rucker didnt listen to haters and now sings country music as good as any white boy you cant get caught up in culture . just do you

    • TJ Crawford on March 13, 2015 at 7:13 am

      While I appreciate you all’s comments, almost nobody went to the point of the story. I’m telling one of the reasons people hate on Iggy. MIght not be all. MIght not be the best. But it definitely IS a reason. Is it racist to point out appropriation of style. It’s one thing to still a drum lick. A dance move or two. Even a lyric. But to rip a whole sound, voice intonation, etc., that is nothing like your natural voice or accent? That’s over the top. Iggy sounds almost just like Kid Sister. Kid Sister was first. Low to low moderate fame. Iggy comes a couple years later…best thing since sliced bread. And no, Redman was doing Eminem’s style before Em. Ask Em. He says it. I admit, though, I was stretching just a little with B.O.B and Macklemore. I actually Macklemore touches on broader subject matters. But they both went pop…BOB got low to moderate fame. Macklemore is the best thing since sliced bread. I wonder…why would I be racist when pointing out the truth? Hmmm…

  4. honeybutter on March 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    times have changed little white kids were buying nicky minaj when she had the barbie image and pink hair , until mattell the makers of barbie threaten to sue if she didnt stop profitting off the image lol so she dont sell out like she use to and she did anaconda and that killed her connection with parents and kids forever, no she has to engage in bad relationships and ab plastic booty to keep men interested in her , men are her fan base now … the money train has left then alone come iggy what makes iggy so big and all the haters can just shut up with this pro black mess , she has children interested in her and downloading her she is not volugar in her words and she rap tunes thats simple and dancable for kids . mostly white kids love her and trust me in the new record industyr .. like it was when sam cook took over the white music industry its still the same way now if your marketing to whtie kids your gonna be on top and sell out everyone ask taylor swiss dumb kenya didnt get this when he fronted swift that day and beck … BECK SELLS A LOT TO WHITE S BEYONCE SALES IS SPERADIC AND SHE HAS TO DO THINGS TO SELL OUT CONCERTS LIKE FIGHT IN ELEVATOR WHICH TOOK HER BRAND TO ITS KNEES .. ALMOST ..
    NO ONE cares much bout beyonce she appeal to men and some older whites…. iggy is not that hot she is just popular with kids .. old folks under 40 ish dont buy much music anymore unless its some keith sweat or destiny child…. or new edition old stuff .. i know i do . so RO Writers missed the ball , dont hate on iggly she doing her thing for the times she live in .. not a lot of white female rappers ever come along so she definantly gonna be hated on …. girl rappers never been challenged like this …. nicky minaj may as well be trina right now no one cares … bout her .. . go iggy she is definantly what is happen, my kids love her they say she is fun and dont talk nasty and have plastic booty .. in which she does but my point is she is whats happening due to her sound .. and a lot of rappers sound alike so i doubt if she copied anyone she has a unique sound but of course she sounds like someone rap can only be song in so many ways and styles … kenya is kina unique but the ti and ludacrist and the rest sound alike .. .and lil wayne is unique .. leave iggy alone stop hating

  5. honeybutter on March 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    if your gonna ago a round judging a singer due to color your just wrong . we would not have had the beauty of tina marie if rick james had not saw her valueable talent and looked pass the fact she white .. a lot of female artist were jealous of tina marie cause she could out sing most sistas lol … and only someone could compare was aretha franklin and billy holiday , and some of the first player in motown .. she is a powerhouse singer and the definition of soul …. and christina agulira can sing beyonce , monica, and most of these so called rb divas out the dam box .. but she hold back from getting rb albums cause of critism so she stays on the pop genre . for some reason .. .. beyonce wish she could sing like crhistian aguliar plesssss…. but on the other hand a white female rapper had to come along due to in the last 24 years white kids are into rapp and heavily inflluenced by it .. and is not focused on who started it or whos cultur of music is claimed on it ….. its all about money and selling the downloads and i tunes and if iggy got itune sewed up so be it …………. no wonder BECK GOT THAT AWARD .. BLACK FOLKS SO CLOSE MINDED TO THE FACT WE ARE NOT THE ONLY TALENT ARTIST … and its all about the sell out that get you the award and BECK OVIOUS SOLD OUT BEYONCE AND THE REST . . beyonce didnt do many concerts her last album cause they were not selling out stadiums … . that staged fight hurt them badly coupled with her dissing her siblings and father huhh

  6. velvet rope on March 10, 2015 at 6:31 am

    “You see Em wasn’t doing anything that Redman wasn’t already doing. Macklemore wasn’t doing anything that, let’s say, B.o.B wasn’t already doing. And Iggy Azalea wasn’t doing anything that Kid Sister wasn’t already doing.”

    ignorance at this finest.do you know the history of art and culture has always been about appropriation of other art and cultures? everyoby copies everybody. imitation is the sincert form of flatery and good artist copy great artist steal.

    • TJ Crawford on March 13, 2015 at 7:18 am

      “Good artist copy. Great artist steal.” For real??? If you’re stealing you’re not great. If you’re copying, you’re not good. YOU, my friend, need to do the knowledge. Be inspired by…yes. Jack they’re whole style…NO. Who respects that???? You must be new age, or something…figuring the end justifies the means. No sir. That’s not respected. Go back and listen to Only built for Cuban lynx. Rae and Ghost have some messages for you.

      • velvet rope on March 15, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        ” For real??? If you’re stealing you’re not great. If you’re copying, you’re not good. YOU, my friend, need to do the knowledge. Be inspired by…yes. Jack they’re whole style…NO. Who respects that????”

        first thing first it’s not for me it’s a quote for picasso.it’s means everybody copy everybody who came before and good artist make a replica what have been done before without adding anything new.great artist took artistics element and make their own approach.that eminem did. great artist.that macklemore did.great artist and that iggy did.great artist.

  7. TJ Crawford on March 13, 2015 at 7:11 am

    While I appreciate you all’s comments, almost nobody went to the point of the story. I’m telling one of the reasons people hate on Iggy. MIght not be all. MIght not be the best. But it definitely IS a reason. Is it racist to point out appropriation of style. It’s one thing to still a drum lick. A dance move or two. Even a lyric. But to rip a whole sound, voice intonation, etc., that is nothing like your natural voice or accent? That’s over the top. Iggy sounds almost just like Kid Sister. Kid Sister was first. Low to low moderate fame. Iggy comes a couple years later…best thing since sliced bread. And no, Redman was doing Eminem’s style before Em. Ask Em. He says it. I admit, though, I was stretching just a little with B.O.B and Macklemore. I actually Macklemore touches on broader subject matters. But they both went pop…BOB got low to moderate fame. Macklemore is the best thing since sliced bread. I wonder…why would I be racist when pointing out the truth? Hmmm…

    • guest on March 13, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Funny how the people screaming racism for you pointing out the appropriation of style, don’t see racism on the other side.

  8. Darzov on April 19, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    No one hates Iggy Azalea because she sounds like Kid Sister. Half of the people who despise her probably have never heard of Kid Sister. Eminem may be kind of similar to Redman but they’re distinguishable enough that you can’t say he’s copying. Also as per your ‘white rappers suck because theyre l copy cats’, what about the black rappers that copy other black rappers? They get a pass because of skin color? It’s not plagiarism to perform in a genre developped by people of another skin color. It’s not appropriation. If it is, I’d demand that all non white non immigrants cease wearing blue jeans immediately, as said jeans are historically a staple white immigrant creation.

    • 48GOAT on May 2, 2015 at 11:43 am

      This sort of ties in with my response to the appropriation claim. Humanity has basically shared or taken beneficial aspects of other cultures and societies, even some of the words we commonly used are from different languages. We’ve been prospering on things contributed by others since the dawn of man. We copy what we see others do whether they intend for us to learn their ways or not. We call it ‘influence’ these days to have what someone else did guide our actions, but we’re still prospering from that. It’s a subtle benefit in that case, but many things in life are as blatant as it can possibly get. In the rap game, it began with sampling other records, sometimes using the music, hook, and/or chorus of a popular record, like Genius of Love by Tom Tom Club – one of the most re-cycled and re-used songs ever. There”s a whole section of the wiki that lists many of the people who at least used small pieces of it.
      You’re right – certain people get a pass, but when someone’s targeted for hatred, they get no breaks, regardless of who else did it or how recently.

  9. 48GOAT on May 1, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    So is it an appropriation of culture thing – that’s a reason? That’s basically no reason that hasn’t been part of humanity’s evolution since the beginning. It’s how we develop and prosper new ways of life, entertainment, health, just about everything. Culture isn’t something you can put a stamp on that says ‘property of so-n-so, do not touch’. It’s behavioral practices that every person can -under the law- emulate to their heart’s desire. The only problem the hip hop culture has with it is that somebody who is not of that culture has prospered better.

    The talent or quality behind it is a trivial detail, as is her place of origin, accent, or skin color. The bottom line is she appealed to a wider audience and minorities don’t. If that is part of their limited success, it’s not anyone’s fault but their own. Stop dropping the N word every other line and rapping about such ethnic topics that the wider audience can’t relate to, and just maybe they’ll match the numbers it takes to get the success she has.