Iggy Azalea Apologizes for Slave Master Lyric: “It Was a Tacky and Careless Thing to Say”


Vibe / March 13, 2012

Iggy Azalea certainly put herself in the hot seat with a lyric from her song “D.R.U.G.S.,” in which she boldly refers to herself as a “runaway slave master.”

Critics including Harlem newcomer Azealia Banks (who called out T.I. for defending the newly added member of Grand Hustle) found the lyric to be racist and offensive.

The Australian rapstress responded to the backlash when she recently made a public apology via a letter posted on MissJia:

“Dear world,

Im writing you today to address a lyric I said a few months ago in one of my songs that I feel has been used to unfairly slander my character and paint me as a racist person.

Kendrick Lamar is one of my favorite artists and I loved his song ‘Look Out for Detox’ so much I decided to do my own version of it last year. The lyrics I wrote follow the original version closely; One lyric in particular has offended a lot of people and for that, I apologize.

The artist’s lyric was:
“when the relay starts I’m a runway slave”

My lyric was:
“when the relay starts I’m a runaway slave…Master, shitting on the past gotta spit it like a pastor

This is a metaphoric take on an originally literal lyric, and I was never trying to say I am a slave owner.”

Azalea went on to call the lyric “tacky” and “careless,” saying that if anyone was offended, she was sorry.

“Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it,” she said. “In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.”

How do you feel about it? Take a listen to the offending lyric in “D.R.U.G.S.” below, then voice your opinions in the comments. – Stephanie Long