Iggy Azalea isn’t making many friends among women rappers lately from Nicki Minaj, who seemed to take an undercover jab at Iggy’s writing at the BET Awards to Azealia Banks. Banks recently sat down with i-D magazine to talk about Iggy and the topic of cultural appropriation came up.
Here’s what she had to say:
Iggy Azalea is “some Australian girl who raps like a black girl. It’s kind of silly. Whatever, people are feeling it. She’s good-looking. I get it. […] Just be yourself, that’s really what it is. I mean I get it: black women are the strongest, most confident women in the world. Of course you want to emulate us. I get that. But at the same time, listeners will appreciate it more in the long run if you are just yourself. Eminem did it. He didn’t have to make a mockery of anyone. Beastie Boys did it. They didn’t have to make a mockery of anyone. If you want to treat it as an art form, then really treat it as an art form. Don’t use it as a gateway into a culture that you want to be a part of. Black culture is fun to the rest of the world and they all want to be a part of that, but there are certain things that are sacred to us and certain things that you will never be fully accepted into. That’s just my take on it.
As polarizing as Azealia’s diatribes can be, she does have a point about people wanting to emulate black women. What do you think of her comments?