The most obvious gripe about Iggy Azalea is centered around the fact that she raps in a voice reminiscent of someone with firsthand knowledge of the gun violence that plagued so much of New York City in the late-‘80s, but speaks in a voice that’s more in line with the knife violence that plagued the Crocodile Dundee franchise during that same era.
It’s that last detail that sets her apart from the handful of massively successful white rappers who came before her. The Beastie Boys never sounded like anyone other than the Beastie Boys, and Eminem at least grew up in a shitty neighborhood with other rapper friends and such. Iggy Azalea, on the other hand, is very clearly just mimicking the sound of something she likes, with zero interest in understanding why the fact that she’s winning Grammy Awards for it now doesn’t sit well with some people.
Is it really that she doesn’t understand, though? Is she just from a foreign land where things work differently and racial politics are less of an issue than they are here in the United States? No. Fuck no. Quite the opposite. She’s from goddamn Racist Island: