The Roots’ Questlove recently offered his opinion on the buzz surrounding Hustle Gang’s Iggy Azalea and how much of an impact her infectious “Fancy” record is having on the music biz.
In Questlove’s perspective, the Australian rapper is proof hip-hop has grown from its comfort zone.
“I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, “She said the N-word! She said the N-word!” I’ll call people out — “Yo, don’t troll.” I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that “Fancy,” above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.” (TIME)
Quest even went as far as to call Iggy’s single the song of this summer.
“I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I’mma let Iggy be Iggy. It’s not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the annunciation, I’ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, “Fancy” is the song of the summer.” (TIME)
Recently, Iggy said her biggest issues stemmed from the media and not her fellow hip-hop artists.
“I have never had any musicians tell me that I wasn’t authentic for being white and Australian,” Iggy said in an interview. “No one. Even I had a warped perception of how I would be received in this business. What I’ve come to realize is that it’s the people who write about music–or who are outside it in some way–who have a problem with what I am doing. The only true insiders are the musicians themselves.” (The Guardian)
A few weeks ago, rap star Nicki Minaj spoke out on financial publication Forbes claiming Iggy was atop the rap game.
“Ok, I’m reloaded,” Nicki said in an interview. “Listen, all Forbes needs to worry about is my finances and when I’m going to be selling Myx Fusion for $250 million. That’s all they need to worry about. We rely on hip hop journalism and blogs for THAT kind of information. So we appreciate that, but no thank you.” (“The Breakfast Club”)