Grammy Awards 2018
Jill Scott & Eve Weigh In on Iggy Azalea's 'Blaccent'
Joining Shade 45's Sway In The Morning on Friday, promoting their new Lifetime movie With This Ring, after pleasantries host Sway Calloway turned the conversation to cultural appropriation and how the Australian import Azalea is at the center of this discussion.
Eve spoke first, staying pretty neutral on the matter, saying, "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."
But she continued, making it known she's not really a fan: "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?"
Scott had similar sentiments, calling Azalea's style a "big bite" of Da Brat and Eve and saying that made it "challenging" for her.
Though, she was sure to qualify she has her own influences, continuing, "I'm a mixture of Sarah Vaughn 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."
On that, the two agreed Azalea isn't "original" before adding a term to her rapping accent -- "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?"
Watch the whole interview here. They start talking Azalea around 8:15: