Jill Scott and Eve were a part of the ongoing discussion of cultural appropriation in Hip-Hop on Sway In The Morning, during which the two singled out Iggy Azalea’s “blaccent” as prime example.
The Aussie rapper and Grand Hustle lady has responded to Scott and Eve with a string of tweets, offering advice to her “young fans” in the process.
There’s a difference between being yourself and being your stereotype. When people I’ve never met say I should act more like “myself”. I feel like they’re really saying “act more like how I sterotype you to be, so I can feel comfortable”. I’m myself as strange as I may be, daily. I think it’s really important we all feel free to explore or feel passionate about whatever u wish. And I hope all my young fans take what I’m saying and remember it if you ever find yourself in similar shoes. Be as complex and multidimensional and interesting as you possibly can.
See tweets in question, below.
Does Iggy have a point, or is she in fact already doing what she claims she doesn’t want to –– live up to a stereotype? Sound off in the comments.