Talib Kweli took to social media on Friday (Jan. 22) to call out Iggy Azalea over her response to Macklemore’s controversial new single, “White Privilege II”.
On the song, the Seattle rapper takes on racism and cultural appropriation, while naming Iggy, Miley Cyrus and even Elvis. “You’ve exploited and stolen the music, the moment/ The magic, the passion, the fashion, you toy with/ The culture was never yours to make better/ You’re Miley, you’re Elvis, you’re Iggy Azalea,” Macklemore raps.
In response, Iggy accused Macklemore of being two-faced. “He shouldnt have spent the last 3 yrs having friendly convos and taking pictures together at events etc if those were his feelings,” she tweeted, in reply to a fan’s question.
This is when Kweli blasted her for the comments. “The fact @iggyazalea thinks Macklemore song was a diss to her, instead of actually listening, is proof of her privilege,” the Brooklyn rapper tweeted. “F*ck Iggy Azalea.”
He later revealed that while he initially supported Iggy, his opinion changed over time. “True story. I actually rooted for Iggy when she first came out. But she’s disrespected hip hop culture one too many times,” Kweli continued.
When asked by a follower how Iggy disrespected the culture, he explained: “Stole from Kendrick, tweets ‘n*gga’ dissed qtip, dismisses privilege”.
Iggy obviously saw Kweli’s tweets, and responded: “ive never tweeted ‘ni**a’ didnt ‘diss’ qtip, just think he didnt understand the back story behind me and banks. you saw a ‘screen shot’ and stan twitter makes tons of them, they arent real. ive never said that. am i perfect, no.”
“i understannd the point of the macklamore song, it didnt go over my head. all i said was that im not bothered about it,” she continued.
I actually love hip hop, i wouldnt endure the amount of shit i get if i didnt. maybe i dont showcase it in the way you like, but i do love it. maybe i dont tweet as much about political issues or go about things the way macklamore does, but that doesnt mean i dont respect something or even help with things behind the scenes because i do.”