Jill Scott and Eve had some unflattering things to say about Iggy Azalea recently. The pair let their opinions fly about the Australian pop sensation on Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning.
Jill Scott and Eve were on the program to promote their new Lifetime movie With This Ring. The conversation turned to the topic of non-black artists “culturally appropriating” black culture. Iggy Azalea quickly came up.
Eve said that Azalea is not her cup of tea.
“At the end of the day I get it. I get that people might be upset about certain things but yeah she’s white but they grew up with our shit. Hip-hop is everywhere — every neighborhood, every country, every city — and it didn’t just hit… yes it’s from us and it’s our thing but she’s representing a group of girls right now as well.”
“I think people right now are too quick to give too many accolades to new people. That’s the one thing I just can’t stand. Let her do her thing. It’s not my cup of tea but she’s representing for somebody. She’s doing her thing. What are you gonna do?”
Jill Scott admits the she herself is a mixture of what came before her.
“I’m a mixture of Sarah Vaughan and of five other things… So if someone else who comes from that era, they be looking at me like… ‘shh, you aight’ So that has been the only thing that stops me is I know where that comes from.”
But both Jill Scott and Eve commented on Azalea’s use of what they called a “blaccent.”
“She’s from a different place and I’ve said this before, it would be dope to hear her with her swag,” said Eve. “Who are you, what are you, what is that?”
Azalea has already had her say about how she feels about people who may not like her. She told GQ:
“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.”