*Eve and Jill Scott may take issue with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and her “blaccent,” but MC Lyte has no problem with her rapping style, saying it’s not unlike British actor Idris Elba mimicking an American accent for a role.
“Every time we see an English actor, they’re putting it on to act like an American,” she said in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97. “We don’t get on Idris when he has to act like a homeboy from Baltimore to make his job work. It’s a job, you know. But with Iggy, I think she catches a lot of heat because she’s so damn confident, you know. It’s a catch 22. You wanna be humble but if you’re too humble, they’ll tear you up. So she’s caught between a rock and a hard place.”
Lyte said hip hop needs to stop tripping over her Australian origins.
“Iggy’s style is different,” the veteran rapper said. “You know, people want to get on her because of wherever she’s from. Wherever she’s from really doesn’t matter. She has a love of the craft, of the art. And the reason why I can say it and mean it is because one of the first tours I ever did was in Denmark, Copenhagen and everybody in the audience looked just like her.”
She added, “hip hop is universal, no color lines.”
MC Lyte’s first studio album in 12 years, Legend, dropped as a limited edition vinyl release on April 18.
Watch the clip below (Iggy talk begins at 9.30).