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Iggy Azalea Addresses Cultural Appropriation, Still ‘Hates’ Azealia Banks

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Iggy Azalea has been the scourge of social media mostly because of her feud with rappers like Q-Tip and Azealia Banks, and her discontent with critics who accuse her of cultural appropriation. In her cover story with Elle Canada, the Aussie rhymer reflects on her past mistakes and vows to keep it positive in 2016.

As for any reconciliation with her rap nemesis Banks, don’t hold your breath. Iggy doesn’t regret beefing with Banks but regrets that people think that she doesn’t care about the Black Lives Matter movement.

“If I could, I would Men in Black memory-erase 2015, I totally would… I think the Azealia Banks thing is what really started it all,” she said. “We don’t like each other on a personal level, and that has gone on for many years — before the Black Lives Matter incident happened. So when I dismissed her, people started to think that I dismissed the whole movement, but I wasn’t trying to dismiss Black Lives Matter — I was trying to dismiss her because it’s our personal s—.”

I don’t think the subject matter of her tweet was invalid; I just think it was emotionally charged and driven by something else, and the whole thing got so misconstrued,” she continued. “Even though I still hate Azealia Banks, I wish I had said it in a way that didn’t make people think I was oblivious to the movement.”

As for critics who say that she’s appropriating hip-hop culture, Azalea disagrees and insists that he loves rap music and the culture.

“So many people think that I don’t care about rap music and the community, but I absolutely care about it, to the core of my being,” she says. “That’s why the Q-Tip incident annoyed me so much: Why do you think I need a history lesson? Because surely if I did know anything about hip-hop, I wouldn’t mix pop and rap together? Or I wouldn’t rap in an American accent if I truly understood? I just have a different perspective about rap music.”

Recently, the 25-year-old rhymer returned to social media after a brief hiatus. Azalea now reflects on why her Twitter skills backfired on her in 2015.

“For me, what happened, not just on social media but with everything in my career, was like a whirlwind,” she said. “I started to feel like I was losing control over my own life…it was really scary. I even think back to the Papa John’s incident and ask myself ‘Why did that piss you off so much?’ At that point, I needed to take some time, step away and just get that control back.”

You can read Iggy Azalea’s full interview at ellecanada.com

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