News: A$AP Rocky Referees Iggy Azalea/Azealia Banks Dispute, "Don't Pick On Her Because She's White. That's A Low Blow" [Video]
Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012 5:20PM
Rap newcomer A$AP Rocky has come forward to defend alleged girlfriend Iggy Azalea in light of recent shots fired her way courtesy of fellow Harlem artist Azealia Banks.
Along with promising Iggy doens't have a single racist bone in her body, Rocky scolded Banks for publicly getting at the Australian rapper.
"They gotta cut it out. That's bullsh*t. Iggy is not racist," A$AP Rocky promised in an interview. "Trust me, truuusst me. That's some bullsh*t. I think that's petty for Azealia because, come on, don't pick on her because she's White. That's a low blow." (Punch Bowl Blog)
A couple weeks ago, Iggy issued a statement over a controversial lyric from her "D.R.U.G.S." record.
"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, sh*tting 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." [sic] (Miss Jia)
The verse struck a cord with Azealia Banks who used it to blast Iggy's accolade as one of XXL Magazine's Freshmen '12 picks.
"Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong," remarked Banks on Twitter. "How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a 'runaway slave master'?" She continued, "Sorry guys. But I'm pro black girl. I'm not anti white girl, but I'm also not here for any1 outside of my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it." Iggy, who is affiliated with T.I.'s Grand Hustle family, did not personally address the comments, but did respond to her critics. "You can't block my blessings! Today I'm celebrating! Get with it or kick rocks!" she tweeted. "First female freshman. Ever. Period. Thanks world! I used to stick XXL on my bedroom door, now I'm on the cover. Life is great." (Rap-Up)
Although Iggy avoided directly addressing the questionable matter, Grand Hustle rapper and label owner, T.I., stood up for her.
"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," Tip said, referring to XXL's policy of Freshmen being qualified only if they have yet to drop their studio debut. "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." (Drama Like The DJ TV)
Check out A$AP Rocky's interview below: