Roots drummer Questlove had an in-depth conversation with TIME magazine about music television. In it, he found himself explaining why “black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture.”
When asked whether he was pro- or anti- Iggy, the esteemed DJ sang her praises, dubbing her smash hit “Fancy” the summer anthem.
“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,” Quest told TIME. “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.”
In her defense, Ahmir had this to say about the Grand Hustle lady and her appropriation of Black culture:
“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.”
No doubt, Questlove knows what he’s talking about. His Mo’ Meta Blues memoir helps detail the genius behind his approach to music. And perhaps “game-changer” is the better term used to describe Iggy as an artist, as opposed to what Forbes says in their unfounded write-up on why she’s “running Hip-Hop.”
But what do you think? Chime in at the bottom.