Iggy Azalea Comments On Race & Hip Hop, Applauds The Cultures Diversity

Iggy Azalea asked to give her thoughts on Scarface's remarks about race and Hip Hop, says artists and fans ultimately run the culture.

Following Houston rapper Scarface’s controversial remarks on race and Hip Hop in a recent interview, Australian emcee Iggy Azalea has gone on to share her thoughts on the sensitive issue. Iggy was informed of Scarface’s comments on those involved in Hip Hop being White and Jewish during an interview with Hard Knock TV and was then asked to give her opinion on the matter.

The rapper shared that it doesn’t matter how many executives happen to be white men, at the end of the day Hip Hop culture is dictated by artists and their fans.

“I think you can have a million white men that are executives in a building, but that doesn’t make a culture a color. And that’s because they can sell you whatever they want, but unless you buy it it doesn’t mean anything,” Iggy explained. “So, I think sometimes people get caught up in this thing of ‘record labels dictate things and oh no, it’s white old guys that are putting this out.’ Well, it’s not old white men creating the content and it’s not old white men buying the content either. Yes, they’re the middleman putting this out, but it’s just a bank.”

Iggy even went on to applaud the diversity in Hip Hop and the ability the culture has to bring people from all races and walks of life together.

“I think what shapes the culture is who’s consuming it and that’s people of all different colors and that’s a great thing,” said the Aussie rapper. “I think this idea of ‘rap should be black’ or ‘rap should be this or that’ is worrying to me because it’s like—segregation. Why would you want to segregate cultures and races and things like this? Isn’t that where conflict has always come from in the world? Shit like that? If we have something in music that is unifying, that other cultures are drawn to…then it should be a positive thing.”

Although it’s set for release this year, Iggy Azalea’s debut album, The New Classic, has yet to receive a solid release date.

RELATED: Iggy Azalea Signs To Island Records, Says She's Still Affiliated With Grand Hustle

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78 Comments

  • Get Real

    Lables owned by black people are putting out just as much garbage as white or any other race for that matter. No one blames the black artists, the black consumers, the black producers, etc..? Take some accountability, start with yourself. Clean up your own act and then you can go around blaming everyone else in the world. No one owns a genre of music, you can't make a claim that dressing a certain way is only for you, talking and acting a certain way is only for you, etc... That is plain stupid and lame as hell. Grow up!

  • anonymous

    lol where is her southern accent now? SMH go back to austrailia, or stop cojacking american accents

    • GetReal

      99% of all hiphop artists are actors and nothing more. Even the "great" eminmen,tupac, etc... were/are fake as hell. They took some talent, hard work, and truth; made themselves a character for marketing. It is all an act, and the dudes that are 100% don't get much if anything. Hell, even Jay-Z had a wack past and some cats hold him on a pedestal. They didn't do all that, they be talk'n about. Hell, even some real dudes aren't as real as they think they are and get their ass kicked; see TI v. Lil-Flip. What I am say'n is you can't hold an Australian white girl to a higher level than the dudes at the top of the food chain in hip hop. I mean, what the hell do you really expect from a freshman white female from Australian bro?

  • RIcky Rozay

    What I learn most about white people from reading these mostly white comments, is that they have a massive superiority complex. They're very self righteous and think they're somehow "above" the things a lot of 'black people' choose to rap about. "How dare they talk about the struggles they had to deal with at the hands of white people, how dare they rap from the perspective a person from a white created ghetto, how dare they rap about having a better life after being deprived of anything and everything their whole lives. They should act like hipsters or pick up a dictionary and use big words to impress us. We control this shit and we should dictate what they do, even though they invented and we're just guests" lol That's what you guys sound like to me. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!

  • mal617

    someone tell this dirty white bitch to go somewhere, she's not hip hop

  • Doubl Negative

    I hate this bitch and her horrible, false politically correct comment. Gentrification has not improved our music, it's only waterd it down. This music is starting go the way of jazz and rock n roll, see Dave Brubeck, Elvis. We never invited these people into our culture, they've just commandeerd our music like the parasitic whores they are. Raping and pillaging is part of their genetic make up, they've done it ever since they fucked over Red Indians, now they're trying to do the same with hip-hop. It's a shame we never took Cube's prophecy more seriously: "Soon hip-hop won't be so nice/No Ice Cube, just Vanilla Ice". Fuck this skank and all the bigoted faggots who support her.

  • hah

    black ppl are mad bec they only thing they had to seperate themselves from the world was rap music. now white people are rapping better than black people and to be honest white people got more to say and stories to tell.. more soul in our raps than black raps now adays.. id say black ppl had rap and big dicks but i debunk the white ppl have small dicks theory by a long shot (if you get what i mean)..:)

    • Anonymous

      the op is a troll

    • What???

      Hip-hop is for everyone not just black people. Seriously??? Racist pricks!

    • G

      @hah your a fuckin idiot, you say "black ppl are mad bec they only thing they had to seperate themselves from the world was rap music." the only thing? u serious?? fuck outta here. we're mad bcuz once again white ppl who are in a position of power are tryin to steal from us and what little culture we have. Its cool for it to be rappers who are white,latin, idian, etc...BUT when another group of ppl try to come in and turn it into somethin its not then theres a problem and thats what this iggy bitch and you fail to realize. Rap is NOT the suburbs, is NOT skate boards, is NOT euro/pop music, is NOT most of this bullshit that a lot of these new cats is doin now days. and most of these white rappers out are either average or just plain fuckin suck! Eminem and action bronson are examples of white rappers who know and respect the culture that can actually spit. But a lot of these other cats, just lame.

    • Finess

      Hip-Hop is for black not white people don't know the meaning of hip-hop I am not racist or rude it's just black people know hip-hop and what is all about

  • IMhO

    WERD! glad someone with a mouth piece to the world said this shit..black ppls just mad bec white ppl r takin over, and better at rappin at that. better with lyric game and since MGK came on the scene with swag rap for white folks its taken over. WHITE PEOPLE ARE HERE IN HIPHOP TO STAY.. accept it black ppl..or dont we dont care. its over

  • shadyari

    Iggy you slap this hoe ass dirty look CUNT, and show him how white people can Rap and Slap if you talk shit :) fuck Scarface that bitch been slap by Iggy hahaha, White Rap

  • niba

    scarface is just mad that there isn't as much money in black culture anymore. but you can still make all the albums you want all day, just sell them independent and tour. you won't make multi-millions but you'll make more than working a 9-5. radio is about pandering to the audience, and the 90s fascination white people had with black culture is over.

  • 614grind

    I agree with her basic premise...in theory. Yes, the consumer should shape the culture. The problem is, the consumer is being shaped by big corporate investors that control all the media outlets. That's why Face said they only let the ignorant black rappers on the radio; it makes the white rappers look better.

  • Hip Hop

    She is who the labels use so of course she will defend it. Fake everything and the so called "fans" do not care. When rap is done and you have no outlet, you will suffer supporting non-talented wanna be's like this. Iggy = FAIL

  • anonymous

    im not a fan of iggys music but i have so much more respect for now that she said this. i feel like no one in the rap game would have to balls to say anything about the matter cause it was scarface but i applaud that she stood up to that racist asshole.

    • AND

      wanna know whats rly rly racist.. a c.o named rick ross whos faker than any white person in rap gets play and love more than iggy whos prob realer than ross. hiphop aint black no more, get over it..its american now:)

    • GD's

      You know whats really racist? When a white chick with an Aussie accent imitates and emulates the most ratchet black girls voice and gets treated seriously. She is a joke and a bad for rap music.

  • NECRO 2 SCARFACE

    HE IS SPEAKING HIS MIND ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE IS BOTHERED WITH WHO HAPPEN TO BE WHITE AND JEWISH IM SURE HE IS MAD AT SOME BLACKS TOO ITS JUST EASY TO DISS WHITES AND JEWS AND NO WHITES OR JEWS WILL STEP TO HIM WHERE IF A WHITE DISSES A BLACK, MANY BLACKS WILL STEP TO THAT WHITE PERSON SO HE KNOWS HE CAN GET AWAY WITH IT AND HE HAS TO BE SUPER BURNT AT SOMEONE THAT FUCKED HIM OVER THAT IS WHITE AND JEWISH I BEEN FUCKED OVER BY JEWS BEFORE AND ITALIANS AND IRISH AND LATINO AND BLACKS TOOOOOOOOO I CAN TALK SHIT ABOUT EVERYONE THEN LIKE HE ONLY GOT FUCKED OVER BY A WHITE OR JEW????? NO EASY TARGET FOR HIM CUZ JEWS ARENT VIEWED LIKE NECRO THEY ARE VIEWED AS PUSSY CUZ THE ONES IN THE INDUSTRY ARE PUSSY I HATE THEM THEY ALWAYS FRONTED ON NECRO SOFT JEWS NEVER SHOW LOVE TO RUGGED JEWS BUT I GUESS SOFT PEOPLE IN GENERAL AVOID RUGGED PEOPLE SO IT MIGHT NOT EVEN BE A JEW THING SO HE IS DISSING JEWS AND WHITES BUT REALLY WHAT HE HATES IS SNAKES AND SNAKES ARE ALL COLORS OH SO HE LOVES PUFFY????? PUFFY IS COOL FOR RELEASING MGK???? LOL ISNT PUFFY A SNAKE THEN? WHITEWASHING THE GAME?? ISNT DRE A SCUMBAG THEN? DRE MADE A TON OF LOOT OFF EM WHY DIDNT SCARFACE DISS DRE???? U KNOW WHY? HE WANTS A BEAT FROM DRE EVENTUALLY THESE OLD SCHOOL RAPPERS ARE BITTER I KNOW THEY ARE FOR A FACT CUZ THEY ARENT CARED ABOUT ANYMORE IN 2013, THE LEGENDS GET NO FUCKING RESPECT FROM THE GAME U WILL NOT OPEN A MAGAZINE AND SEE SCARFACE OR ANY LEGEND IN IT ANYMORE THE SOURCE AND XXL ARE SUCKING OFF MACKLEMORE'S DICK AND U KNOW WHAT IS FUNNY ABOUT MACKLEMORE? I RESPECT THE DUDE CUZ I SEE HE IS GRINDING, AND HIS BEER SONG WAS COOL AND I LIKE THE IRISH PRIDE BUT MY PROBLEM WITH DUDE IS, HE IS TOTALLY POP I VIEW HIM MORE AS POP THAN REAL HIPHOP NOTICE HOW WHEN A WHITE BOY IS POP, ALL THE BLACKS SAY HE IS OFFICIAL BUT NECRO WHO RAPS PURE HARDCORE, I WILL BE CALLED A WIGGER, AND FAKE, AND A WANNABE HAHAHAHAHAHHA SCARFACE IS MAD????? BE MAD AT YA OWN PEOPLE MAN YA OWN PEOPLE DONT RECOGNIZE REAL HIPHOP AND THEY ARE THE ONES MAKING THIS GARBAGE MUSIC HIS OWN PEOPLE WHITE KIDS ARE PROBABLY BIGGER SUPPORTERS OF SCARFACE THAN BLACK KIDS IF YOU DID A PERCENTAGE I BET 75% OF HIS SALES HAVE BEEN FROM WHITE KIDS NOW THE WHOLE STEAL ROCK AND ROLL SURE, BLACK ARTISTS GOT FUCKED OVER, NO DENYING THAT BUT ITS NOT THE SAME ANYMORE IT HASNT BEEN LIKE THAT FOR YEARS WHEN LABELS LIKE CASH MONEY ARE GETTING 30 MILLION DOLLAR DEALS HOOKED UP BY A WHITE LADY, AND THEN WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PAY WENDY DAY, CASH MONEY SAID FUCK YOU WHITE LADY AND SHE HAD TO TAKE THEM TO COURT TO GET HER 1 MILLION COMMISSION TRUE STORY!! HOW THE FUCK CAN SCARFACE SAY ITS THE SAME GAME??????? RICK RUBIN FUCKING PRODUCED THEIR DOPEST ALBUM THEIR BEST ALBUM WAS PRODUCED BY A JEW NOW I DONT KNOW IF THEY DIDNT GET ALONG BUT OBVIOUSLY A JEW WAS THERE AND THAT JEW WAS DOWN WITH A BLACK TOGETHER AS PARTNERS THAT BASICALLY PUT OUT THE FIRST HIPHOP GROUP THAT PROBABLY MADE SCARFACE WANNA RAP SO TECHNICALLY WITHOUT THAT JEW RICK RUBIN, THEIR MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A SCARFACE THE RAPPER I THINK WHEN SMART PEOPLE THINK SHIT THROUGH, HE WOULD REALIZE, I CANT DISS JEWS AS MUCH AS I HATE THAT WHITE JEW WHO RECENTLY FUCKED ME OVER, I GOTTA REMEMBER, THEIR IS RICK, NECRO, I JUST DID A SONG WITH WHITE VINNY!!!!!! HOW CAN I DISS WHITES WHEN I JUST FEATURED ON A WHITE BOY'S ALBUM????????? HAHAHAHAHAH I COULD GO ON FOR HOURS MAN I LOVE SCARFACE STILL CUZ HE IS A LEGEND AND INFLUENCED ME BUT KOOL G RAP WOULD NEVER SAY SOMETHING IGNORANT LIKE THAT AND IF HE WAS GONNA SPEAK SOME TRUTH HE WOULD SPEAK IT ON POINT SCARFACE COULD HAVE MADE HIS POINT SPECIFICALLY AND SPOKE ABOUT THE TRUTHS WE ALL AGREE WITH BUT TO BLANKET ALL WHITES AND JEWS WITHOUT SPECIFICATION TO WHO, HE LOOKS IGNORANT SO END OF STORY IS SCARFACE IS AN IGNORANT BITTER DUDE, AND SHOULD THINK BEFORE HE SPEAKS BUT HE IS STILL A LEGEND AND I PROB BELIEVE HE HAS JEW FRIENDS PLEASE DEBATE ME IF IM WRONG HERE!!! LET ME DROP SOME MORE GAME ON YOU WHICH SHOWS THAT SCARFACE IS AN IGNORANT FOOL UNTIL EMINEM DROPPED, HIPHOP DIDNT HAVE THAT MANY WHITE RAPPERS ONCE EM DROPPED AND BECAME "ELVIS" OF HIPHOP, THERE WAS YA SELECT FEW WHITE RAPPERS BEFORE, THEN AFTER EM, ALL OF AMERICA COULD RAP OR WANTED TO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BLOWING UP EM? A BLACK GUY AND AN ITALIAN GUY DRE AND JIMMY WHY ISNT SCARFACE SAYING THESE BLACKS AND ITALIANS ARE THE PROBLEM? BECAUSE HE CANT DISS DRE AND HE WILL LOOK STUPID DISSING AN ITALIAN, WHEN ALL HIS SHIT IS BASED OFF ITALIAN MAFIA "MOB THIS, MOB THAT" YET HE DOESNT OBVIOUSLY SEE JEWS AS GANGSTA, OR HE WOULDNT HAVE DISSED HE DOESNT AKNOWLEDGE THE JEWISH GANGSTERS OF MURDER INC HE JUST SEES JEWS AS THE EXECUTIVES THAT RUINED HIS CULTURE HAHAHA I ASKED MY FATHER ABOUT ANTI SEMETISM CUZ HE IS ALWAYS A TOUGH SICK FUCK HE WAS NEVER HAVING IT AND IS REALLY BLUNT HE SAID PEOPLE ALWAYS HATED THE JEWS JEWS ARE HATED BY EVERYONE WE ARE VIEWED AS CHRIST KILLERS, AND WE ARE VIEWED AS THIS OR THAT CUZ WE RUN HOLLYWOOD AND CAME FROM THE GHETTO AND MADE SOMETHING OUT OF OURSELVES, OPENED BUSINESSES, ECT. ALWAYS SOME REASON TO HATE JEWS ITS NOT COMMON TO HATE BLACKS AND ITALIANS PUBLICLY IN MUSIC SO I VIEW SCARFACE IN THIS SITUATION AS JUST BEING TRENDY HE ISNT A SMART DUDE ANYONE WITH BRAINS WOULD KNOW THE PLAYERS IN HIPHOP ARE FAR FROM JUST JEWISH BUT ANTI SEMITES DONT NEED ANY EXCUSE TO HATE JEWS THEY JUST DO VINNY BEING A MUSLIM ITALIAN FITS PERFECT FOR SCARFACE TO WORK WITH HIM I BET SCARFACE DOESNT EVEN SEE HIM AS WHITE HAHAHAHA YET NECRO IS THE ONE THAT HAS BIGGED HIM UP FOR YEARS IN INTERVIEWS I GAVE GETO BOYS PROPS FROM DAY FUCKING ONE BUT A JEW IS A JEW RIGHT? HAHAHA

  • zzzz4

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  • Anonymous

    Wow, this is the first time she makes sense !!!

  • eeeee1o

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  • 9zzzq

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7tvkpeoobo

  • Anon

    She has point. Regardless, Old rich white men are the ones paying millions of dollars to radio stations to play songs. Therefore, people can only buy what they hear. Unless people search for themselves they're buying shit they heard on the radio. They heard shit on the radio because some old white dude paid for it to be there. So that guy can make money of the gimmick he's selling.

    • and

      and people can only hear and buy what you make.. white man dont force black ppl to make stupid, ignorant music that makes their race look stupid.. black men refuse 2 make that music, white men can hussle it..simple

  • Anonymous

    I want to eat her butt

  • 4xxzzz

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4_dfootvfa

  • TRUTH

    Iggy came off way smarter than i thought, towards the end of this interview. Australians are going hard! AUS USA same letters going for the same money. trill shit.

  • Assassin221

    I don't know anything about this broad but she makes a lot more sense than Scarface. What gets me about all these theories about evil white executives force-feeding the world shitty music is exactly what she said. Did an old white man roll up on you in the street, put a gun to your head, and make you shell out $13 for a Chief Keef album? Hell no. If the conspiracy theories are true, then they're obviously not working because the reaction to Scarface's comments reveal thousands of hip-hop fans on this site alone who refuse to support shitty music and want to support real hip-hop, which is still thriving whether or not it's all over the radio. As long as Talib is still putting out music and doing shows and creating a legacy for himself, I could give a fuck if Chief Keef is making loot or not.

    • Anonymous

      lemmings travel in groups so I expect more of you

    • JRich

      The Tuskegee experiments have nothing to do with this in any way, shape, or form. Any man who calls another man a lemming or a sheeple or some other bullshit along those lines is a punk. In other words, no one cares, and shut the fuck up

    • Anonymous

      it's called suggestive marketing and if you believe everything is a conspiracy theory and not true then it worked on you they said the Tuskegee experiments were a conspiracy theory for years, then the truth came out enjoy that lemming life of yours

  • CENTRAL BANK

    Well, what more can you expect from a racist white supremacist suspect? Iggy Azalea is a culture bandit/camouflaged racist, and she has to protect her interest. Those white old men that she is adamantly defending look just like her father, brother, uncles, and cousins. Thus, its no wonder that she has nothing to say about the racist gentrification of hip-hop (inherently black culture for good or for worse) and how these suspected racist old white men are detrimentally influencing, brain washing, and controlling black culture, via hip-hop and rap music. Therefore, F#$K this white racist B@#CH!

    • huh

      what bec shes proud of her white background and that whites got their foot in the rap door shes racist? your an idiot sit down fuck nigga

  • Anonymous

    I would raise my red, white and blue flag pole up in her down under. Am I right?

  • 444444e

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  • 0xxxxxxc

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  • 0xxxxxxc

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  • ur mom my nuts

    Fuck this white pendeja.

  • dentaldamboy

    I just got word from my boss Birdman that Iggy Azalea is getting signed to YMCMB..

  • m.black

    This is just adding more confusion to something that is very simple and logical. WHITE PEOPLE ONLY CARE ABOUT DIVERSITY IN SOMETHING WHEN IT'S SOMETHING THAT DIDN'T COME FROM THEM... Why isn't Iggy promoting diversity in all genres of music? Because she can make bank by imitating BLACK culture. She wouldn't be so hot as a country or rock artist would she? She wouldn't stand out at all in those genres. White people gravitate to something that wasn't started by them to take it for their own...not to add to it. Eminem paid homage and respects the culture because he knew what his place was in this Hip Hop shit. It will never be at the top because he will always be an imitator of a culture that don't belong to him. That's like Jay-Z all of a sudden wanting to do Salsa music and claiming there should be more diversity in that shit...please

    • sno

      and what about black people and the NBA, NFL, and MLB? i suppose you would also argue that all the black people making money from these things are just leeches of white culture as well?? you are an idiot.

  • xxccczzz

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  • Anonymous

    "You may be thinking, Well, Vanguard is only the third largest holder in those media conglomerates, which is no guarantee that theyre calling any shots. Well, the number-one holder of both Viacom and Time Warner is a company called Blackrock. Blackrock is the second largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America, second only to Vanguard, and the sixth largest holder in the GEO Group. There are many other startling overlaps in private-prison/mass-media ownership, but two underlying facts become clear very quickly: The people who own the media are the same people who own private prisons, the EXACT same people, and using one to promote the other is (or would be, depending on your analysis) very lucrative." NOW GTFOH with that nonsense y'all be kicking ya bunch of pussies

  • j

    It does matter when you have money you have influence ie through the media to dictate what people see and hear. You have the machine to MARKET and PROMOTE ignorance on a culture.

  • Trojan Horse

    She is trippin. The "machine" still runs this. Iggy Azalea offering a rebuttal to the Legendary Scarface is proof positive the skew of the color shade of hip hop and hardknock tv as well as this site helps the agenda.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, this site is Canadian based, they don't have to abide by the US Constitution, just the internet protocol.

  • Anonymous

    Y'all are the first ones to praise Eminem for how he doesn't talk pimps, money, and hoes but say it's cool for Blacks to do it because no one wants to hear the Black struggle and it's all entertainment. Hypocrites. The hate is in your genetic code.

  • Anonymous

    loL, ya'll don't dictate what's hot, you're told what is. Industry tells you what's good and spends money to keep it in your face until you believe enough to buy into it, just like any commercial. It's called suggestive marketing, you naive participants. You don't have to buy today's music to hear the same repeated radio playlist on radio. I don't have to buy anything to see certain rappers switch their whole style once they get signed, all for exposure and radio play in hopes of selling units. "its not old white men buying the content either. Yes, theyre the middleman putting this out, but its just a bank" ^ and this is where I know she's ignorant to the facts Those old men invest in the music, they will feel like they need to have a hands on attitude to see their money back, and if you don't make their invest a valid one, they will fire you, regardless if you have sold units and have a fanbase. But you little kids don't know about keeping a job, are experienced in running a business, or know the music industry. All you know is Scarface is racist because he said something about white people, the ones who installed the racist system in the first place. Go f**king figure.

  • shadyari

    you tell him (Scarface) Iggy :) fuck that Scarface racist bitch

  • Burmy

    Now that she's left Grand Hustle, does that mean Tip is FINALLY going to promote Xtaci (the MUCH BETTER femcee duo which has been signed for SEVEN YEARS now) and get them at least a debut single?

  • Anonymous

    I don't like this chick or her music, but Face is just an old bitter man.. get on with life dude, make music and stop bitchin.. follow at noles506

  • average

    this hoe made a mistake jumping ship and leaving Grand Hustle for gay ass def jam