When asked her opinion about newer female MCs during an interview with The Women of Hip-Hop last week, Eve admitted although she enjoys Harlem MC Azealia Banks, she isn’t a big fan of Australian femcee Iggy Azalea.
“I like Azealia Banks — I think her style is dope,” she said. “If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really fuck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
XXL caught up with Iggy during the Freshmen Live Tour stop in New York City on Monday (April 9), and asked the leggy blonde for her thoughts on E-V-E’s comment.
“I like Eve,” she began. “Everybody is different, everybody hasn’t lived out of the box and for you to even know if it’s real, you have to kind of be an out-the-box person or somebody who likes something they’re not suppose to [like]. A girl like her that raps is expected, so, how could you understand something so different?
“I’m not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it,” she continued. “How could you if you’ve never been ostracized or loved something you weren’t suppose to love? Everything you’ve loved you’re allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? Thus, how could you know if it’s real? I used to be like, ‘It is real, let me prove it to you. Now, I don’t care if you think it’s real or not because it’s what I love, it’s my life. I don’t put my story all out there for you because I don’t need to put my story out there and prove it. I don’t give a fuck if you think I am or not ’cause that girl in the crowd understand it and that’s who it’s for, if you don’t then it’s not for you.”
When asked about other female MCs that have come at her lately, like Banks —who took to her Twitter to dismiss Azalea‘s talents after Iggy appeared on the 2012 XXL Freshmen cover in February— Iggy didn’t seem too worried by it.
“Females are competitive like that and that’s how it is,” she said matter-of-factly. “I’m sure if I was the best sprinter in the world, all the other sprinters would hate me and I would hate them, too. It’s the same thing— it’s competition, it’s women. I don’t take offense to it. I don’t wake up thinking about another woman. I think about what I am going to do to make sure my career has longevity because that’s my only job. I just think about that, not who can be doing my job better than me —no one can, because I’m the only one that can be me and they’re the only ones who can be them.”
On February 28, not even 24-hours after the Freshman cover dropped, Azealia Banks hit her Twitter to express her displeasure with Iggy being on it.
“Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong,” she wrote. “How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a “runaway slave master”?” The song in questions is Azalea’s “D.R.U.G.S” track in which she spits the lyric: “I’m a runaway slave….master.”
T.I., who recently signed Iggy Azalea to his Grand Hustle imprint, responded to Banks’ comments days later during a radio interview, posing the question, “Was she not happy with her being on there? Or, was she not happy because she was not on there?
“Strategically if she really cares about a freshmen cover maybe she could hope that she’ll suck enough to get shelved and then next year when the freshmen cover comes back around, maybe she’ll still be a freshman,” he added. “If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.”
Iggy also responded, stating, “This is my day and it’s my achievement. You have to work to have your own achievements, with all due respect. Instead of worrying about who else is on there, you should just be happy that I’m on there as a woman for women, and if you want to have your own achievement, work and have your own achievement. I can’t take what’s meant for you and you can’t take what’s meant for me.” —Mariel Concepcion (@Mceezy)