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    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:54:42

    Is Iggy Azalea a Hip-Hop Game Changer? - Questlove of The Roots thinks so

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    The Roots' Questlove addressed the ongoing Iggy Azalea controversy and about whether or not she is a game changer for hip-hop, since she is critized as a white girl co-opting black music with her smash hit "Fancy."

    What does Questlove think? He spoke to TIME about the Aussie rapper and T.I. protégé.

    "You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture," he said. "If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that 'Fancy,' above any song that I've ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we're truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings."

    How does he feel about "Fancy?" Well, he was diplomatic when he said, "I'm not going to lie to you, I'm torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I'mma let Iggy be Iggy. It's not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. I'm in the middle of the approximation of the annunciation, I[ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, 'Fancy' is the song of the summer."

    And what does Questlove think about the Queen Bey?

    "Beyoncé is one of these types of artists that is in such a sweet spot," he said. "She owns this decade. I wake up in the morning and look online, okay, on Gawker, blah blah is covering 'Halo.' She's just one of those artists that's magnetic like that. Even if it's done in a silly notion, it speaks to her power."

    True dat.

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    What do YOU think of Iggy x "Fancy?"

    —Carly Costello
    07.24.14



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