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Music veteran MC Lyte recently shared her thoughts on Hustle Gang rapper Iggy Azalea‘s place in hip-hop and why she is a contributor to the culture.

In Lyte’s opinion, Iggy played a part in hip-hop’s growth.

“There are people of all colors that love hip-hop. When she says that she is a lover of this culture, I believe her. Everyone has something to contribute. You either like it or you don’t but you can’t just say, ‘You can’t be here.'” (Hello Beautiful)

Check out MC Lyte’s interview right here…

Despite Iggy’s critics, rap star Kendrick Lamar said she deserved her spot in hip-hop in a new Billboard interview.

“She’s doing her thing,” Lamar tells Billboard. “Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here.” (Billboard)

Last October, Iggy’s mentor T.I. said too many people liked to classify artists like Azalea without looking at their full bodies of work.

“It should be attributed to her work ethic, her artistic views, her impeccable ability to kind of, she has a vision for herself and this vision for herself, she will not compromise,” Tip said when asked how Iggy should be classified. “I think she should be kind of judged based on that instead of her creed and her nationality and what country she’s from. I think all of that, those are stereotypes. I put her wherever she made the most noise, you know what I’m saying? I think when you start trying to classify people in different categories, you diminish the purpose of what we do. We try to bring people together – I think she can go into a lot of different genres.” (Hard Knock TV)

Rap veteran Rah Digga took specific aim at Iggy’s presence in hip-hop in a recent interview.

“Iggy Azalea, I can’t really get into her. Because it’s just not real to m. There is a white girl from Australia that spits in an Australian accent, and her name is Chelsea Jane. That I can get into. Teach me Australian Hip Hop culture. Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo… We’re not going to believe you if you’re trying to convince us that you’re out here trap shooting.” (This Is 50)