Vince Staples Defends Iggy Azalea; Dismisses ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Argument
Azealia Banks and Q-Tip are among the artists who have called Iggy Azalea out for appropriating black culture. Over the last several weeks there has been a backlash to that criticism, with emcees such as Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar defending Iggy’s right to do her thing.
Vince Staples is the latest to join the “Leave Iggy alone” camp, and he addressed the issue of the Australian import’s cultural appropriation head on during an interview with HipHopDX
“I do not care. White people invented basketball. I don’t care. Why would I care? [Iggy’s] getting paid. We speak English, we go to Christian churches. It’s the same thing. Yeah it’s fucked up but you just now getting a whiff of that? That’s what it is. Nobody got mad when Eminem did it. Why you mad at her ’cause she a girl and Eminem would probably slap you? It’s more than that. Azealia Banks got a point with the stuff she saying. Everybody got a point. But at the end of the day we all just got jobs. That’s the way I look at it because a lot of things are culture, you never know where none of this shit come from, man…
… Who are you to say what somebody actually love? You can’t say what touched anybody any kind of way. I don’t think that’s up to me personally. That’s not up to me. She might love Hip Hop to her core. That might be what she always wanted to do when she was younger because she seen it on the TV, but that’s the reason everybody wanted to do it. We just happen to look like them.”
With his words, Staples echoes Iggy’s complaint that she is being picked on because she’s a girl. What do you think about that, and everything else Staples had to say?