News: Iggy Azalea Addresses Controversial Lyric, "I Was Never Trying To Say I'm A Slave Owner"
Monday, Mar 12, 2012 3:15PM
Grand Hustle's new female emcee, Iggy Azalea, has finally stepped forward to clear the air on a controversial lyric which ulimately sparked a fury of disses courtesy of fellow rap newcomer, Azealia Banks.
Expressing her regards via an open letter, Iggy set the record straight on the slavery reference she made on her 2011 single entitled "D.R.U.G.S."
"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)
Iggy Azalea went on to further admit that ultimately she should have avoided referencing slavery altogether.
"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." [sic] (Miss Jia)
The verse struck a cord with up-and-comign raptress, 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 the Australian rapper.
"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 Iggy Azalea's "D.R.U.G.S." below: