Iggy Azalea Responds to Eve, Says Female MCs Are Competitive by Nature

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)

  • AZ40

    Damn T.I is cold lol

  • RJII

    If a person does not like something why can’t they just say that without people taking it personal. Eve did not diss her.

  • Heidi Elliott

    Love Eve but great points.. Iggy is a good artist, she will always have haters. Thats just how the Game is..

  • Ivy

    I think the issue here is the whole story of how Iggy came up, and how it’s not believable. Anyone doing hip-hop music in this industry knows that you don’t just waltz into Spaced Out studios or D.R.U.G.Z. productions as a rookie, and put out your “debut” mixtape like that…and then land a spot in Perez Hilton’s “One Night In” line-up months later…. But Eve did give the girl props, and conceded to the fact that Iggy’s look is really on point. Just kinda hard to look past the fact that she’s been manufactured.

  • Ivy

    I think the issue here is the whole story of how Iggy came up, and how it’s not believable. Anyone doing hip-hop music in this industry knows that you don’t just waltz into Spaced Out studios or D.R.U.G.Z. productions as a rookie, and put out your “debut” mixtape like that…and then land a spot in Perez Hilton’s “One Night In” line-up months later…. But Eve did give the girl props, and conceded to the fact that Iggy’s look is really on point. Just kinda hard to look past the fact that she’s been manufactured.

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  • boss

    I think the girl iggy sounds good. But I need to hear more. And EVE needs to drop some music before she critique someone. In all actuality they need to knock Nicki off the top and make some good music for the females…

  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mouth-wide-open/id510935246 VISINEQUEEN

    manufactured? in what sense? a discussion is pointless w.o proof. the girl can rap. its truly unfair that people WANT equality for theirs but can’t extend the same opportunity to others, yeah she might not have blatantly dissed her, but she did one worse, she underhanded anything she does ONLY because the package isn’t what you would expect from a rapper. its bullsh*t, she can speak for herself IN & OUT of the Rap arena. longevity is what will prove if she’s good enough, fuck what she looks like.

  • aaron

    there is no hating in hip-hop…….if you are dope show it through your music…..Someone from Austrulia is
    not that informative about the game so she has to take the shota and show and prove! her talents!

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  • http://'''''''''''' vis pick

    will really need femcees that will give nicki a run for her life she so talented and very multiblasting for this femcees to really to give there skill durg overdose and take the pride of surviving it they tackle

  • Mel

    She sure is defensive for someone who doesn’t care and understanding her has nothing to with it. You either like the music or you don’t. Eve doesn’t. No need to get all butt hurt about it.

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  • Jm

    But in this game giving your opinion will always be relavant when your success and fame starts to grow. And becoming mainstream is definitely tough when you’re unique and some people can’t comprehend what makes you stand out from the rest:)

  • bullets

    i like azalea and iggy the funny thing is EVE was never really that good ruff ryders manufactured her so i guess it takes one to know one…

  • Bwahahah

    LOL XXL is pressed to ensure this girl is a success. You should’ve chosen Azealia for your cover instead. She’s blowing up. You’ll be begging and chasing her for interviews now.

    And Eve was right. Iggy is wack all the way around – wack lyrics, wack songs, wack flow. She is not better than the Trina’s and Diamond’s of the world. And not too many people are buying into her whole fake persona.

    White girls are always behind. Banks is on some new level stuff and this girl is stuck on that Trina Diamond Princess BS for 1999. It’s 2012 Iggy, step your flow, bars, sound, and whole appearance up. Because of Nicki, you can no longer be one dimensional and a hoodrat at all times.

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  • ada.

    People Love to Hate what they just dont Understand.

  • gsar

    Is she manufacture or not? Does it matter at this point regards female emcees?
    Basically, lack of top level competition means Minaj is running around doing her hip-pop nonsense.
    We need other talented females WILLING to be in limelight – even if they get a push or whatever. Balance the sh*t out

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