Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston Globe: Iggy Azalea is 'hip-hop'

The Boston Globe wants to know if "hip-hop" is ready for Australian raptress Iggy Azalea.

But the better question may be, does hip-hop really care about her?

I'm sorry but just because you happen to rap doesn't mean that you're hip-hop or a hip-hopper -- it just means that you rap.

As seen in the photo at left from today's paper, The Boston Globe is among the latest mainstream media to try to brand a white musical artist as "hip-hop."

Meanwhile female rappers, such as Nitty Scott, MC, who have been co-signed by the genres greats while showing and proving on the mic for a few years now, go without the mainstream coverage garnered by their non-colored counterparts.

A closer look at Azalea's catalog reveals her collaborations with the likes of Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, T.I., and other rappers who've made it no secret that generating income is higher than producing quality music on their list of priorities.

Nitty Scott deserves more pub!
Conversely, Nitty Scott, who currently has a banger in her song "Feng Shui," which is produced by Ski Beatz, has rubbed shoulders in the studio with underground stalwarts including Blu, Termanology, Troy Ave, and Action Bronson -- rappers who "know the money connects" but would conceivably "rather be broke and have a whole lot of respect," as O.C. would say.

However, considering the Globe's demographic (read: not people of color), I suppose they're justified in jumping on the Azalea bandwagon and hyping up the latest white rapper.

However, it would be nice if the Globe just could leave what it calls "hip-hop" out of the conversation, though.

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