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Questlove Addresses Claims Iggy Azalea Represents "Culture Vulture-ism" In Hip Hop

(AllHipHop News) With her single “Fancy” dominating the season, Iggy Azalea has become a main topic of conversation in rap music over the last few months.

For some, Iggy represents the “Elvisization” of Hip Hop. For others, she is a symbol of how far the culture has expanded.

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Hip Hop veteran Questlove was asked if he was “pro- or anti-Iggy Azalea” in an interview with Time. The Roots drummer used the opportunity to share his thoughts on the Australian performer and what her hit song means for the current state of Hip Hop.

Questlove said:

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….

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 enunciation, 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.

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  • Starr soprano

    White people are the ones that made rap the culture it is today…with rock rubins help and rock sound helped pushed run dmc into a rap phenomenon…so technically we need them as much as they need us cuz whites are still the ones in boardrooms so if anything we treating this like the word nigger…something we didn’t really start but try to make our own and the white man is looking at us again like we are idiots…we the real vultures

    • The_Good_Life

      Your right. They are the reason hip hop in the mainstream is pure shit…

    • Two_guns_Billy

      You know blacks also influenced rock?So if that sound helped rap blowup it’s only right…Look up all the white rock legends and see who the say influenced them…Jimi Hendrix,Chuck Berry,or Little Richard

  • Fosho3528

    I’d take Iggy Al-whatever her names music over Chief Keef and Souja Boy any day. That sh*t is for straight up retards by straight up retarded people.

    • Two_guns_Billy

      Ill take Big Smo country ass over that shit…

    • Andre Helmstetter

      That’s a hard pill to swallow. But… Yeah.

  • Saiyan Prince

    We’ll see how he feels when she gets the Grammy for rap album of the year.

    • ghettogov

      You know she will be nominated for sure

  • The_Good_Life

    Its not iggys fault. Hip hop has had 40 years to build our own tv radio and music distribution networks but we pissed of the doe on drugs, cars, clothes and hoes….

    • Starr soprano

      Yea…we had an opportunity to use hip hop the way chuck d and them did by voicing our political opinions and things of that nature…but the good Django minded slave niggas we are we use the platform to degrade our own women, glorify selling drugs we don’t make ti our own people and how mu ch better we are than each other…..hip hop Is jus wat we wanted it to b and now we mad that we made it this way???

      • ghettogov

        So now just fu** what happens and just accept this wack Shit? Whether she is successful or not until she comes off as more authentic she gonna be a target and should be. Say what you want about Nicki but at least that bish got bars…

      • The_Good_Life

        Yep. We allowed the standard to fall real low. Kendrick and Cole nice though.

      • Andre Helmstetter

        Truth.

    • ghettogov

      She’s wack af though….

  • ?Love makes me like Iggy’s song!

  • jd

    Bottom line… She’s wack, but I understand.

  • ghettogov

    You can tell he was being politically correct here. I really think some artists should just acknowledge that they represent a subgenre of hip hop just call that Shit hip pop…people wouldn’t have a problem with her if she was actually dope, or that voice she uses was authentic,or if her success didn’t seem somewhat manufactured. They tried to roll her out awhile back but nobody was paying attention so they most likely got a team of writers together to help make her a star. Hell I’d take kreayshawn over this wack bish anyday of the week…at least she was gangsta with it.

  • Eny Daboss

    but eminem is not one ? these nihhas got me dying leave her alone and move on

    • ghettogov

      Eminem was actually dope though and he brought a different style just cause he been kinda wack for the past decade doesn’t mean he’s a culture vulture

      • keith peru

        I agree, em came out with a white person’s view and image and rap style. He did it very well…. BUt I thought I was the only one who thought his last decade has not been great.

    • Two_guns_Billy

      Eminem is authentic i’m just not sure she is..

      • Eny Daboss

        authentic tht callin ppl nihha

  • Papi Peligro

    I don’t get why she got own we having this conversation. Nobody wrote them lyrics theirs nothing to write. She sounds black. So. Most MC’s don’t sound like they rap. Nikki Minaj has a blonde hair a British accent and her name is Rip Van Winkle. GET OUT OF HERE.

  • Papi Peligro

    You can’t expect people to buy and not try to do it too. I remember when this broad tanked. Her last album tanked. Even with TI she tanked. So people like the song let it go.

  • V C Pittsburgh

    I rather have Iggy then Nickis fake funky attention having fake ass coon

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      bro i been saying that Nicki is just as fake as iggy. Nigs mad because Iggy raps like she is from thesouth but then turn and around and give Nicki a pass for rapping in a corny ass british accent on multiple songs, dressing up as barbie dolls, geisha girls, etc. these nigs cant have it both ways.

      • First of all there is a difference between Nicki and Iggy’s music.. Nicki’s music caught on and came from the ground up and the public kinda had a choice….This Iggy chick’s music is being forced down our throats, and we have no choice but to like it.

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        hahahaha that is hilarious…. you just said we have no choice but to like it!!!!! i have a choice, im not sure about the rest of you guys and girls but i listen and like what the hell i want!!!!!! i dont give a shit about ground up, face down ass up, etc, fake is fake!!!!! neither one of them gets burn in my crib or car so i have already made my choice!!!! you can do the same!!!!

      • Two_guns_Billy

        I hate them both

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        well said bro, i feel you

      • keith peru

        I kinda disagree. Nicki may play dumb, but she can really spit with the best of them when she wants to… Iggy is not a good rapper or lyricist. Her song is catch to a younger generation, but her skills are lacking.

  • Markus

    The audience is to blame. The music isn’t hypnotic. You choose what’s hot and the labels keep giving you what you want. Iggy, DJ Mustard music and MC’s more ignorant than ever before have beat hip hop down to the pop rap that’s here now. When the audience changes its tastes then everyone will follow suit. Fact is the fans are easily entertained these days.

  • I just think that when certain people like Quest is asked certain questions about people like Iggy, they get all politically correct, but the minute they get asked about an artist of the same kind (Black) then they go all in and express their true feelings…..The same thing with 50, I have yet to hear 50 speak his mind about her, but he doesn’t hesitate to blast off on a black female rapper. #justsaying

  • cincytown

    For real for real snow da product is harder than both these bitches forreal

    • Two_guns_Billy

      She dont show her ass enough for this rap..you gotta sellout

  • Two_guns_Billy

    I don’t mind if you love the culture,supported the culture,and help make it grow..But if you just jumped on this shit now because it’s hot I think thats fucked up…Niggas cosigned Em and said he loved this shit from the start…He had to earn his spot and is far from a gimmick..

    • Brindle

      well said

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  • Brindle

    Much respect to The Roots crew, but Questloves new “want to be accepted by everyone” ora, is getting to be stupid… just cause you speak intelligently don’t mean you aint saying dumb sh!t… he sellen out a lil bit…

    • chicagostyl

      what did he say that was dumb?

    • Judah Nazayar

      yeah he is… hes another talib kweli azz nigga. just accepts everything to be acceptable. niggas dontstand up for shit

  • oliguti

    I just heard the song for the first time, oh wow, like we bringing 88 back, Wow. 88 was the beginning of the Golden Era hip-hop, I doubt she’s talking about that.

  • Guest

    Ya’ll need to be more concerned why the black girl, Nicki is running around bleaching her skin, wearing blonde wigs, cutting off her nose to look more European, & running around with a British accent…
    Yet you all praise her…and when Iggy comes along and smashes, ya’ll start crying ???
    GTFOH

    • ghettogov

      Most niggas never liked nicki but we will take her before we accept a somebody who we don’t feel is genuine paul wall is white but nobody ever hated on him him cuz he’s more authentic

      • waxx

        I never heard ANYONE ever hate on Paul Wall for being a culture vulture. The man has respect for the culture

      • John Lane

        If you can read, that’s what he said. Now Iggy on the other hand…

      • waxx

        She allows white girls to live vicariously through her. She can pick parts of urban culture to emulate and receive praise for it in the media, whereas white girls wouldn’t get that sort of praise in normal life. I know plenty of white people who want to participate in urban culture, but don’t because they feel pressures from people around them.

  • Danny Martin

    Ya’ll need to be more concerned why the black girl, Nicki is running around bleaching her skin, wearing blonde wigs, cutting off her nose to look more European, & running around with a British accent…
    Yet you all praise her…and when Iggy comes along and smashes, ya’ll start crying ???
    GTFOH

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  • ether

    quest is a coon ass uncle tom who will never say anything to offend whitey. Ol tap dancing for jimmy fallon azz negro. Yo go watch bamboozled by spike lee. The roots was always sellouts.

    • Solo

      Lol i wanna say sumthin slick but you speak some truth. Them niggas be sambo’n for jimmy fallon. But i still love the roots tho.

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  • vie

    Iggy is dope. Why so many haters? I mean she’s talented. Why should she hold back? Its a little bit unfair sometimes when people do this just because of their pride. Sometimes you just got to let others shine as well. In the music industry, those who really got what it takes would last long or are always remembered, if those people could just let her be and just compete with her in the sense of writing and making better music than her, then I guess that would be nice. The fans would like it if the competition results to better music.

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