Being A White Rapper
Iggy Azalea: “There have always been a lot of white girl rappers. I know because I am one and I know it's going to come across that there are a billion of them. Somebody said to me once, ‘Why has there never been a white girl rapper?’
“Hip-hop is, one, black culture, and two it’s very male-dominated. The reason that white male rappers can survive and are accepted because they can relate to the masculinity of it all. And the reason that black female rappers can survive is because they can relate to being black. Where can a white female fit in that and relate to it?
“I think that we are at a point where hip-hop has evolved. Now we are at a time where a white girl can put a song out and people will start to say, ‘Oh, maybe this can work.’ But it’s not like we just popped up yesterday.
“When I hear people be like, ‘White people are taking over the rap industry.’ I'm like, ‘Are they really?’ Why, because we have two white girl rappers? Look how many black rappers there are. It's retarded.
“You know why there are more white rappers today? Hip-hop used to be black culture, now it’s so much more. Hip-hop evolved and so did the people that listened to it. That’s why now we see [more white rappers]. It's not what it was 20 years ago so you can’t expect it to be. That's why when I hear people say that, I'm like, ‘You are saying that with this mentality but you are not realizing that we are in 2011 now. Okay?'”