Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks and hip-hop’s appropriation problem

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The pop stars Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks share more than just similar names.

Both are emerging young women in an industry that has, especially since the turn of the millennium, all but relegated women to video-girl roles. Both are artists whose hype to date exceeds their output. Both are also notoriously short-fused and a little overeager to go off on Twitter, particularly on each other.

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9th Wonder Criticizes Hip Hop Fans While Addressing Iggy Azalea

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9th Wonder speaks on Iggy Azalea, encourages Hip Hop fans to “buy and support your artists to the end of the earth.”

Producer 9th Wonder serves as one of a number of artists to share their thoughts on the controversy surrounding Aussie musician, Iggy Azalea. While sharing his two cents on the matter, 9th criticized Hip Hop fans for not flexing their purchasing power when it comes to buying albums.

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Iggy Azalea thanks Will.i.am, Lupe Fiasco for defending her

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The Australian rapper has more hip hop veterans siding with her after Banks classified rap as ‘black music.’

In the Australian rappers’ ongoing feud with Azealia Banks, who doesn’t feel the white emcee has a place in hip hop, which she recently described as “black music,” some of the genre’s hitmakers have tweeted messages about hip hop’s global appeal.

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Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks feud: T.I. and Q-Tip chime in on Twitter

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Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks feud: T.I. and Q-Tip chime in on Twitter
As the Tribe Called Quest rapper gave a hip hop history lesson, the Atlanta emcee agreed and offered words of advice to his Aussie rapper protégé. ‘I know you don’t deserve all da negative s–t that comes your way.’

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