In a case of the obvious, rapper Iggy Azalea spoke about her choice to stay away from political issues in her music. Speaking to Elle Canada, the rapper discussed her backlash-filled 2015 and her issues with social media.
With the rapper’s sophomore album Distortion scheduled to drop sometime this year, Iggy says her sound will continue to deliver club-friendly tunes although she respects politically-charged movements like Black Lives Matter. “I think it’s important for music to reflect what is going on socially and for there to be those kinds of voices within the industry,” she said. “But I want to be that person you can listen to for four minutes and not think about that stuff at all, and it’s important to have that too…. I’m not going to suddenly start rapping about political matters; it’s just not what I do.”
The rapper says she was shocked by critics last year who believed she didn’t care about social issues. One of her highly publicized Twitter beefs involved rapper Azealia Banks, who called her out for her use of Black culture. While she still hasn’t shared her opinions, she believes there are other rappers who have provided a more respected view on social justice.
“There are other great people who do that, like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole,” she explained. “I’m not here to offer that commentary, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care. I don’t think everyone has to be everything—like, does Katy Perry have to start making songs about politics? I think it’s good to still be able to have a little fun.”
When discussing some regrets from last year, the “Fancy” rapper says she’d like to find a neuralyzer to erase her Twitter beefs from her memory, Men In Black style.
“Umm, yeah…of course. If I could, I would Men in Black memory-erase 2015, I totally would—that would be amazing! Oh, God, there are so many things. I think the Azealia Banks thing is what really started it all. We don’t like each other on a personal level, and that has gone on for many years—before the Black Lives Matter incident happened,” she said. “So when I dismissed her, people started to think that I dismissed the whole movement, but I wasn’t trying to dismiss Black Lives Matter—I was trying to dismiss her because it’s our personal sh*t. I don’t think the subject matter of her tweet was invalid; I just think it was emotionally charged and driven by something else, and the whole thing got so misconstrued.”
She later continued, “I just wish I had acknowledged the issue head-on because it made people think I don’t care about what’s going on socially and what’s happening in America, and I do care. Even though I still hate Azealia Banks, I wish I had said it in a way that didn’t make people think I was oblivious to the movement. And I wish I hadn’t gotten into a fight with Papa John’s!”