Receiving accolades and winning awards in one of the ways to brush off the hater. Ask rapper Iggy Azalea.
Recently, Azalea, 24-year-old Australian, has been getting a lot of criticism from the likes of Q-Tip and Azealia Banks over her cultural appropriation use in the world of hip-hop.
However, Azalea, who is nominated for Best New Artist and three more Grammys, finds solace in winning awards. “Uh, awards season helps,” Iggy Azalea told to GQ, continuing: “Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it.
And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue. When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, Well, I don’t really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice.
So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don’t care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn’t feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it’s needed.” – “Fancy” rapper said.
One month ago, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Azalea said the reason she is criticized so often has to do with the fact that she is a woman. Iggy also said that being a white rapper is nothing strange, especially considering artists throughout history, such as the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley, who have basically done black music.
Iggy Azalea believes that she has left a mark on the music industry, even if her fame disappears tomorrow. “At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change – that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop. And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great.” – She told to GQ.