Artists / Bands, Hip Hop, Interviews — January 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Iggy Azalea: Criticism of me ‘has 100,000 percent to do with the fact I have a vagina’

Iggy Azalea performing at the ACL music festival in 2014

Iggy Azalea performing at the ACL music festival in 2014

Never far from the spotlight, Iggy Azalea has seen her fair share of scandal over the past few months. Whether it’s her feud with Eminem over rape lyrics in his songs or defending her music from claims of cultural appropriation from Azealia Banks and Q-Tip, it seems there’s been more of a spotlight on her than on her music.


In an interview with Vanity Fair, Azalea (born Amethyst Amelia Kelly) opens up to the magazine and addresses her critics and the issue of being a white, female rapper from Australia in an industry where she is certainly the exception to the rule. “Well, I never thought it was strange,” she said. “If you go back to the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley and Eminem — they’ve all basically done black music. I felt this wasn’t that far from what we’ve seen in music history over and over again.”


When pressed on whether criticism aimed at her is misogynistic, she continues “Well, they don’t say that stuff about Macklemore. So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina.”


In a later interview with Hot 97, Macklemore, whilst carefully avoiding specifically responding to Azalea’s comments, went on to say: ‘Just because there’s been more successful white rappers, you cannot disregard where this culture came from and our place in it as white people,” he said. “This is not a culture that white people started. I do believe that as much as I have honed my craft and put in years of dedication into the music that I love, I need to know my place.’



In the interview Azalea goes on to talk about her upcoming collaboration with Steve Madden, the possibility of an online sex tapes and how the success of her No. 1 album Fancy has changed her life.

You can read the full interview with Vanity Fair here and stay tuned for the 2015 Grammy Awards in which Azalea will be up for 4 awards including record of the Year on Sunday, February 8.