It’s been a stormy week for Iggy Azalea. She’s been criticised, pilloried, defended and schooled in a Twitter beef that she’s kept pretty well away from. That is until now.
The rapper, who was raised in the Australian hippy haven Mullumbimby, has returned serve with a string of tweets. In one message, Iggy says she finds it “patronizing to assume i have no knowledge of something I'm influenced by, but I've also grown up with strangers assuming that.” There’s no name-check, but it’s a safe bet the note was aimed at Q-Tip, who taught Iggy a hip hop history lesson via the platform of Twitter.
Iggy is no stranger to criticism, though her supporters are just as vocal. Back in May, R&B artist K Michelle kicked things off with a single tweet: “How can you be from another country and rap like you're from Memphis TN? But u don't hear me though #offended”. That time, Perez Hilton stepped up to defend the Aussie while Questlove later declared "Fancy" a “game-changer”. Iggy backed herself when Snoop Dogg shared an inflammatory meme, and when she was caught in a brutal Twitter barrage from Azealia Banks (Banks later gave an emotional radio interview where she discussed the appropriation of black culture by white artists).