Unless you’ve been living in some kind of parallel universe, you may have noticed that Iggy Azalea doesn’t have the best rep in the world of rap. From referring to herself as a “runway slave master” in 2012, to the emergence of racist tweets in 2013, to that time she was filmed rapping complete gibberish, the musician has been called out not only for her abilities, but also on appropriating black culture whilst simultaneously failing to recognise the importance of black history in the hip hop genre.
At last night’s Soul Train Awards, singer Erykah Badu, who hosted the ceremony, opened with a monologue that included a big bucket of shade directed toward Azalea. “Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea?” Erykah began, pretending to speak on the phone. "Yeah, hey. Oh no no no no, you can come, 'cause what you doin' is definitely not rap."
The event is intended to honour the best in black music and entertainment, and last night’s winners included the likes of Kendrick Lamar (‘Best Hip Hop Song of the Year’), The Weeknd (‘Best Album of the Year’) and Jill Scott (‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’).