DROPPIN' KNOWLEDGE: Q-Tip SCHOOLS Iggy Azalea On The History Of Hip Hop Culture
Q-Tip is taking Iggy Azalea to history class, schooling her on the orgins of Hip Hop and why many people have a problem with the way Iggy is using black culture and the rap culture simply to make money. Read his insightful tweets inside....
Iggy Azalea has been catching hell lately by entertainers in the game for her “white privilege” that she seems to be oblivious to.
Iggy’s nemsis Azealia Banks went in on the “Fancy” rapper for cultural smudging during an interview recently, which resulted in Solange co-signing Azealia’s comments. J-Cole made a song titled “Fire Aquad” dissin’ the Australian raptress (and a few others) for appropriating black culture. And now…Q-Tip is joining in. But, he’s taking a much different approach.
One of Hip Hop’s most influential innovators hopped on Twitter to school Iggy on the history of the culture. In a long series of tweets, Q breaks down how Hip Hop was created, why it was created and why many black artists today frown upon her using Hip Hop to get ahead when her lyrics and "image" are ingenuine at best and completely fraudulent at their worse, seeing that her life does not seem to have been the "hardships" and roughness she likes to rap about.
Rather than bash Iggy, he said he hopes his words can spark a healthy dialogue about the real meaning of Hip Hop.
Here’s what he said:
@IGGYAZALEA HipHop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70's. Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America, specially for blacks in the US our neighborhoods were PROLIFERATED w/a rush of HEROINE. Our school systems here in NY dungeon traps with light for learning blk men some of whom didn't return from tours of duty n the ones who did came w/war baggage (agent orange, addiction, ect..) These men had families but due to these events and throw into the mix the public emasculation...The proved to be handicapped parents. The surrogate parents? The STREETS. The streets of gangs, crimes, and the hustlers coddled us and swept us up but! Being a spirited, rhythmic & expressive people music art dance outlined our existence. It proved a way for us to exhault to scream to dance to laugh and find OUR VOICE. We weren't at the time skilled musicians as kids. We had records, turntables, ideas and INGENUITY. Being natural chemist we took from whatever was availed to us and we created something mighty and special. We cut breakbeats back n forth we took a hybrid of Jamaican toasting along w/ radio jock rap( hank Spann, Gary Byrd, ect.) and we put our rap down..
It was a neighborhood thing really. Black and Latino Kids were carving out their space and it became infectious. Eventually Keith Cowboy coined the phrase hiphop . Yrs later the first rap record was recorded and now we r moving. But during these strides this country still had the monster of racism and racial insensitivity breathing and ruling believe it or not young black n Latino lives specifically weren't acknowledged in mainstream American culture unless Of course…the convo was abt gangs , being criminals or uneducated. And hey! Like I stated early our families were rushed our schools sucked and we were left to put devices to survive but HIPHOP showed that we had DEPTH, fire, and BRILLANCE. The music was undeniable! It moved from NY N became national and even GLOBAL. Hiphop now was FOR EVERYBODY!! All of those who cld relate to the roots, the spirit, the history, the energy.. It reached YOU it touched your spirit n took u up. We magnetized you! That's what BRILLANCE does.
Now u are fulfilling your dreams ... BUT! you have to take into account the HISTORY as you move underneath the banner of hiphop. As I said before hiphop is fun it's vile it's dance it's traditional it's light hearted but 1 thing it can never detach itself from is being a SOCIO-Political movement. U may ask why ... Well once you are born black your existence I believe is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos based on the tangled and treacherous history SLAVERY alone this is the case, it never leaves our conversation... Ever. WeAther in our universities our dinner tables our studios or jail cells. The effects still resononates with us. It hurts... We get emotional and angry and melancholy. Did u know president Clinton was the ONLY PRESIDENT to apologize for it? did u know that remnants of slavery exist today thru white privilege? When certain "niceties" r extended your way because of how u look? Isn't that crazy? I say this 2 say u are a hiphop artist who has the right 2 express herself however she wishes. This is not a chastisement this is not admonishment at ALL this is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight into the field you r in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue. I've been on twitter a long time and this will probably be my last series of tweets pretty much but I'm Kool with it as long as I got to share this w u. Zzzzzzz's up! Peace!
Let's hope Iggy took a few notes....
And in case you may have forgotten:
Let's not forget on Iggy's track "D.R.U.G.S", she refers to herself as a SLAVE MASTER while twisting her wrist as if she's holding a whip. While she "apologized", her comments about the recent anti-police brutality movement & protests across the world that were born out of seemingly racist police acts have not helped.
Folks are not taking kindly to the fact the same woman who is proudly accepting her "queen of hip hop" title mainstrmam media gave to her, also said this movement "has nothing to do with her" and alluded to her tour and self-promotion being more important to promote on her social media accounts.
THIS should explain why many are fed up with Ms. Azalea.