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Iggy Azalea Responds To Eve: ‘I’m Not Mad At Eve For Not Understanding My Music’

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 04/13/12

Iggy AzaleaEve surfaced last week, via a new interview with TheWomenOfHipHop.com, during which she gave her opinion on the new crop of female rappers emerging, specifically Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea.

While female rap vet admitted to liking Banks, Iggy's music? She isn't so fond of, responding: " I'm not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can't really f*** with her music."

Iggy has since been asked about Eve's comments, in a chat with XXLMag.com on Monday (April 9), saying she's not mad at her at all. Instead, the Australian femcee accepts that not everyone will understand what she's doing.

"I like Eve," Iggy began. "Everybody is different, everybody hasn't lived out of the box and for you to even know if it's real, you have to kind of be an out-the-box person or somebody who likes something they're not suppose to [like]. A girl like her that raps is expected, so, how could you understand something so different?

"I'm not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it," she continued. "How could you if you've never been ostracized or loved something you weren't suppose to love? Everything you've loved, you're allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? Thus, how could you know if it's real? I used to be like, 'It is real, let me prove it to you.' Now, I don't care if you think it's real or not, because it's what I love, it's my life. I don't put my story all out there for you because I don't need to put my story out there and prove it. I don't give a f*** if you think I am or not 'cause that girl in the crowd understands it and that's who it's for, if you don't, then it's not for you."

As far as other female rappers who have taken a stance against her -- specifically Banks, who dissed her on Twitter shortly after she was named to XXL's 2012 Freshman Class -- Iggy tells the mag she's not worried about it, and stays focused on her own career

"Females are competitive like that and that's how it is," she said. "I'm sure if I was the best sprinter in the world, all the other sprinters would hate me and I would hate them, too. It's the same thing -- it's competition, it's women. I don't take offense to it. I don't wake up thinking about another woman. I think about what I am going to do to make sure my career has longevity because that's my only job. I just think about that, not who can be doing my job better than me -- no one can, because I'm the only one that can be me and they're the only ones who can be them."

Iggy has since dropped the first single off her upcoming major label debut, a T.I.-assisted song titled "Murda Bizness." It's the first off The New Classic, set to drop this summer.

  • razrblazr

    word. I'm not really the biggest fan of Iggy, I think she's ok, and she interests me enough to def want to hear what she puts on her album. That's said, I think Eve is wack for even weighing in tbh. Why should anyone care about what an artists who's last successful musical endeavor was the corny ass prose in "Tambourine" thinks about females who are making bigger moves than she'd be able to make if she came back?

    Imo, Iggy is more lyrically proficient than Eve... and has a more legitimate persona. *shrug* Iggy is right, they really aren't on the same level in any regard...so... if it all goes over Eve's head... who cares?

  • Nikki

    Okay, it doesn't matter how much someone "understands" you, your life story, how you came into hip-hop, blahblahblah whatever. Either they like your music or they don't. If it were about "understanding" then hip-hop wouldn't be the worldwide phenomenon that it is today and white people wouldn't be the largest consumer group of it in the United States. Ho-hum.