I find Iggy hard to like. I think you have to really question the motives of anyone who, while so heavily appropriating and commodifying black culture and treating black women as background props, writes lyrics like “I’m a runaway slave master.”
At the very least, it shows such a profound lack of self- and cultural-awareness that it’s hard to take her seriously as a person, let alone a musician.
So what about Lil Wayne sayin nigga after every line??
And using black half naked girls in his videos as “props”?
Or kanye west sayin that our former president hated black ppl and did that shit to Taylor swift
But if you did your damn research you would know she got the lyrics from Kendrick’s song Look Out For Detox and she made her own twist to it.
You don’t have to be rude about it. We can just talk about what we each think like the intelligent, mature adults we are because the ability to yell the loudest or be the rudest doesn’t make your opinions more valid. And, while I don’t have to critique every black person or everyone in the genre for my criticism of Iggy Azalea to have merit because other people doing wrong doesn’t make her right, I will address your points because I only ever shut up for people who’re feeding, fucking, or financing me.
I know the reference. I just don’t think recycling Lamar’s lines makes what Iggy said any less problematic or her any less culpable in that.
See, it goes back to your Lil’ Wayne comment: there’s a big difference between when someone like Lil’ Wayne or Azealia Banks says the N-word and when someone like Eminem or Iggy says it. Words mean things, and that meaning comes with both historical and cultural context because nothing exists in a vacuum. And that makes it different when someone says a slur traditionally used against them from when someone who belongs to the group using it against them says it. And it’s your right if that isn’t a distinction you make or agree with, but it’s intellectually and emotionally dishonest to pretend that no one else does.
And it’s the same with the lyrics. When Kendrick says he’s a runaway slave, he’s invoking ideas of freedom and self-empowerment. When Iggy says she’s a runaway slave-master, she’s invoking ideas of oppression, subjugation, and freedom from accountability. And the problem with that, in general, is that it’s not at all ironic or pushing boundaries when you’re just reinforcing the status quo of systematic racism and privilege in our society. And that’s made worse, IMO, by her specific behavior.
And that goes back to your point about other rappers using women as props. When they do it, it’s usually tired ol’ misogyny, and I do have a big problem with that too. But when Iggy does it, the motive is different—think more Miley Cyrus and less Lil’ Wayne. She uses black women in her videos for the same reason she’s adopted the Southern accent and the use of AAVE: to lend herself credibility. It’s the “black friend” trope in music video form. “It’s okay for me to do/say/think this because I have a black friend / a black partner / rode in an elevator with a black guy once.” The “Pu$$y” video in particular: the similar outfits and synchronicity create the idea of sameness and agreement, but her position in front lends distance and gives a sense of authority. And all that may not necessarily be entirely purposeful, but I think it’s ignorant to think that it’s entirely accidental.
And it’s totally cool if that doesn’t deter you from liking the video or her music or her in general. More power to you. I wish I could get past this kind of thing more often. It’s fine to acknowledge that something is kinda fucked up and still like it. But, honestly, if you liking something or someone depends on you aggressively pretending that it’s perfect, then you don’t really like it because nothing’s perfect. You can analyze things and acknowledge flaws and still like something.
But I’m not even gonna address the irrelevant shit you mentioned about Kanye because if you truly can’t tell the difference between racism, social commentary, and being mean to a kid at an award’s show, then I really don’t know what to say.