During a recent interview with The Women of Hip-Hop, rapper Eve was asked for her opinion on some current female emcees (as female rappers are always asked), and she stated “I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really fuck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
While Iggy has been touring, XXL spoke with her for comments on Eve’s statement.
“I like Eve,” she said. “Everybody is different, everybody hasn’t lived out of the box and for you to even know if it’s real, you have to kind of be an out-the-box person or somebody who likes something they’re not suppose to [like]. A girl like her that raps is expected, so, how could you understand something so different?
“I’m not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it. How could you if you’ve never been ostracized or loved something you weren’t suppose to love? Everything you’ve loved you’re allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? Thus, how could you know if it’s real? I used to be like, ‘It is real, let me prove it to you. Now, I don’t care if you think it’s real or not because it’s what I love, it’s my life. I don’t put my story all out there for you because I don’t need to put my story out there and prove it. I don’t give a fuck if you think I am or not ’cause that girl in the crowd understand it and that’s who it’s for, if you don’t then it’s not for you.”
Here’s my two dimes: If Iggy was black, most people wouldn’t have an issue with her, since hip-hop seems to always be associated with black people. There are plenty of international rappers/singers with accents who perform through them and adapt to different sounds and cultures. That’s music.
Nicki Minaj raps in all kinds of accents and creates several looks and songs that are completely out of normal hip-hop bounds, but it’s entertaining. Do you really believe any of the gangsta shit that Drake claims to live in his rap music, because I damn sure don’t.
I’d say 95% of the stories rappers feed you lyrically are false, but the link of black hood artists and rap music is universally understood and therefore it is accepted without question. When a white Australian girl starts rapping on the other hand, a lot of people don’t get it and there’s a problem.