After receiving criticism and even threats from a group of hackers, Iggy Azalea has responded to her fellow rappers’ comments about her place in hip-hop. And she’s got the support of a few other artists to back her up.
Earlier today, Azalea tweeted out her thoughts about the criticism she received from Azealia Banks and a series of tweets Q-Tip sent her. Q-Tip wrote Azalea a stream of more than 30 messages asking her to understand hip-hop’s history and place in society before trying to find her own space in the genre.
Thanks lupe and will iam what you guys said was really nice and i appreciate it.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014
most people learn every and anything they can about the subjects they are passionate about, I’m no different. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014
i find it patronizing to assume i have no knowledge of something I’m influenced by, but I’ve also grown up with strangers assuming that. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014
im also not going to sit on twitter & play hip hop squares with strangers to somehow prove i deserve to be a fan of or influenced by hiphop. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014
how you feel about me blending musical genres together doesn’t bother me, no one is making you support or buy pop rap albums. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014
its entirely up to you what you support and are interested in, thanks if you are interested in me and enjoy my music. i love to hear that! — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014
Will.i.am tweeted in support of Azalea, referencing Blondie’s impact on hip-hop in the ’80s.
In addition to the criticism Azalea received for what some artists and listeners call an appropriation of hip-hop and black culture, a group of hackers also threatened Azalea recently, saying that they would release an alleged sex tape of the artist unless she publicly apologized to Banks.
Azalea has not tweeted out an apology—and it seems, for the time being, she is not planning to say more on the matter.
now, if you guys don’t mind… I’m on my christmas break enjoying it with people i actually KNOW…. in REAL life. you should do the same. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 23, 2014