Iggy Azalea, the Aussie femcee is on her way to blowing up in the United States. She’s the latest addition to T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint, and has been romantically linked to Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky. Landing on the cover of XXL’s freshman list has solidified her as one to watch — but it did raise the eyebrows, and blood pressure of fellow female rapper Azealia Banks.
Banks called out Iggy Azalea for what she deemed to be racist lyrics.
Iggy Azalea invoked Banks’ ire for the following lyric from her song ‘D.R.U.G.S.’:
Tire marks, tire marks
Finish line with the fire marks
When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave
After seeing the error of her ways, or just doing what her PR people told her to do, Iggy Azalea released this apology:
Im writing you today to address a lyric I said a few months ago in one of my songs that I feel has been used to unfairly slander my character and paint me as a racist person.
Kendrick Lamar is one of my favorite artists and I loved his song ‘Look Out for Detox’ so much I decided to do my own version of it last year. The lyrics I wrote follow the original version closely; One lyric in particular has offended a lot of people and for that, I apologize.
The artist’s lyric was:
“when the relay starts I’m a runway slave”
My lyric was:
“when the relay starts I’m a runaway slave…Master, shitting on the past gotta spit it like a pastor
This is a metaphoric take on an originally literal lyric, and I was never trying to say I am a slave owner.
The intent was to say was that past histories have been mastered, or overcome, and that you may feel my
line was ‘shitting on the past,’ just as many feel pastors shit on the bible or biblical history…although they mean no ill and just have their own take, hence the lyric ‘gotta spit it like a pastor.’
In all fairness, it was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.
I don’t hate any race of people, and it pains me to wake up to other young people being misled to believe I do. I am for unity and equality. People should get a fair shot at whatever they want to do no matter what color they are; rap and hip hop as a culture is not exempt from this.
It is unfair to say other races who also grew up listening to rap don’t get a place too. We have a place and the Azaleans and myself are evidence of that fact. All people have a voice and equal right to use it.
In your lifetime you will say a lot of things you will wish you hadn’t too. I have to have my poor choice of words live with me forever on the internet. Please know that I have grown from this and hope to have your continued support in life and my mission of bridging the gap.
As one of my lovely azaleans said last week: we are the prototype and far beyond the stereotype.
Grand Hustle boss T.I. further went on to state the following — with regard to Azealia Banks — during a visit to DJ Drama’s radio show (with Iggy in tow):
Strategically if she really cares about a freshmen cover maybe she could hope that she’ll suck enough to get shelved and then next year when the freshmen cover comes back around, maybe she’ll still be a freshman.
If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.
VIDEO: DJ Drama Interview T.I. & The Hustle Gang (Part 1)
VIDEO: DJ Drama Interview T.I. & The Hustle Gang (Part 2)
Iggy did say a couple more things Azealia Banks may not like so this beef may get amped up really fast. However, we prefer these ladies express themselves via their music, and we don’t mean hurling stupid lyrics at each other either.
What’s your take on the beef; Iggy’s apology, and the interview with DJ Drama?
It should be noted DJ Drama is a Grand Hustle artist.
Stay tuned for more.
Photo via Billboard.com