Iggy Azalea has fired back at fellow rapper Eve and singer Jill Scott after they urged her to embrace more of her Australian roots amid a continued debate over her place in hip-hop.
The Black Widow hitmaker, who was born in Sydney but moved to the U.S. at the age of 16, has come under attack in recent weeks for attempting to tackle African-American culture issues in her songs.
Rapper Azealia Banks publicly criticized her for taking on societal and racial themes and then staying silent on the same issues following the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white U.S. police officers, who were not indicted for their actions in November (14). Rap veteran Q-Tip also took aim at Azalea via Twitter, as her mentor T.I. and stars like will.i.am and Lupe Fiasco came to her defense online.
The controversy has continued to rumble on into 2015, and now Eve and Scott have tackled the controversy while promoting their new TV movie With This Ring during a radio interview.
Eve insisted she was a fan of Azalea, but commented, "I just wish there was a little bit more of where she came from...", while Scott was more blunt, suggesting the Aussie copied her style of rap from Eve and Da Brat.
Azalea has now tackled the latest round of criticism in a series of posts on her Twitter.com blog, insisting she isn't pretending to be something she's not. Without referring to Eve or Scott directly, the annoyed rapper writes, "There's a difference between being yourself and being your stereotype. When people I've never met say I should act more like 'myself' I feel like they're really saying 'act more like how I stereotype you to be, so I can feel comfortable...'
"I'm myself as strange as I may be, daily. I think it's really important we all feel free to explore or feel passionate about whatever u (sic) wish. And I hope all my young fans take what I'm saying and remember it if you ever find yourself in similar shoes. Be as complex and multidimensional and interesting as you possibly can."
Rapper Lupe Fiasco hinted at a departure from the music industry as he quit Twitter.com, insisting he "never really liked dealing with the public". The Superstar hitmaker, real name Wasalu Jaco, told fans he will "go back to the shadows" as he revealed his recording career is the only reason he speaks publicly.
Fiasco hinted that he is departing from the music industry as his contract has ended, and he has "other things that I'd rather be doing".
His posts also indicated his upcoming fifth album, Tetsuo & Youth, will be his swansong.
He writes, "These are my last few days addressing the public directly. Im not tired. I could carry on for years. I just really want to do something else... I never really liked dealing with the public. My recording career thus far put me in a place where i had to for promotion etc... Now that my contract is over and I have other things that I'd rather be doing I get to make the decision to go back to the shadows."
Iggy Azalea has aimed a lengthy rant at her detractors, including rappers Azealia Banks and Q-Tip, who have been questioning her place in hip-hop.
The Fancy hitmaker has received a barrage of criticism from Banks for attempting to take on African-American culture issues in her songs, but then keeping silent on those problems when two U.S. police officers, who killed two unarmed black men in separate incidents, were not indicted for their actions last month (Nov14).
A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-Tip also took to Twitter.com to teach Azalea a brief history on hip-hop culture over the weekend (20-21Dec14), and shortly afterwards rappers T.I., Lupe Fiasco and will.i.am. came to her defense over social media.
Azalea has now broken her silence on the criticism, writing in a series of posts on Twitter, "Thanks Lupe and will.i.am what you guys said was really nice and I appreciate it... I find it patronising to assume I have no knowledge of something I'm influenced by, but I've also grown up with strangers assuming that... Im (sic) also not going to sit on Twitter & play hip hop squares with strangers to somehow prove I deserve to be a fan of or influenced by hip hop... I would have to be an idiot or incredibly bored to think that would change anyones (sic) already cemented opinion of me. I'm neither...
"How you feel about me blending musical genres together doesn't bother me, no one is making you support or buy pop rap albums. Its (sic) entirely up to you what you support and are interested in, thanks if you are interested in me and enjoy my music. I love to hear that!... now, if you guys don't mind... I'm on my Christmas break enjoying it with people I actually know.... in real life. You should do the same.... Merrrrrrrryyyyyyyy Chrissstttttttmmaaassssssssss (sic)! see ya in the new year (sic)! peace and love!"
A new sports documentary produced by rapper Lupe Fiasco is set to air on America's Nickelodeon network next month (Nov14). Little Ballers, which focuses on a group of talented 11-year-old basketball players in New York's Amateur Athletic Union, will be broadcast on the new NickSports channel on 26 November (14). New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire also served as executive producer on the show.
Kanye West shocked the audience at the AAHH! Fest in Chicago, Illinois by making a surprise appearance on stage on Sunday (21Sep14).
The Stronger hitmaker was a shock addition to the bill at the inaugural music festival in his hometown which was organised by fellow rapper Common in conjunction with West's arts organisation Donda's House Inc. West performed 16 tracks including All of the Lights, Jesus Walks, Gold Digger and his collaboration with Common, Get Em High.
The AAHH! Fest, held in Chicago's Union Park, was hosted by comedian David Chappelle and included sets from Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jay Electronica and Jennifer Hudson.
Gwyneth Paltrow's star-studded Stand Up To Cancer telethon on Friday (05Sep14) raised a whopping $109 million (£64 million) for charity. The actress, who served as show producer, gathered celebrity pals including Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Rob Lowe, Sofia Vergara, Will Ferrell, Robert Downey, Jr., Kerry Washington, Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Pierce Brosnan, among many others, to help her appeal to the public for donations and man the social media outlets in Los Angeles to boost funds for the organisation, which supports research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Charity totals for the fourth biennial event, which was broadcast live across the U.S. and Canada, have since been tallied and the amount raised this year (14) exceeded 2012's fundraiser by $28 million (£16.5 million).
The hour-long broadcast also featured performances from the Dave Matthews Band, The Who, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson and rappers Common and Lupe Fiasco.
The Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) telethon has now raised more than $369 million (£217 million) since its launch in 2008.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston, Rob Lowe and Reese Witherspoon joined forces on Friday night (05Sep14) to raise money and awareness for the Stand Up To Cancer charity at a star-studded telethon. The fourth biennial event, broadcast live in the U.S. and Canada from Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, featured a slew of famous faces, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Mike Myers, calling on viewers to give generously to the organisation in order to continue supporting research into groundbreaking new cancer treatments.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson boosted awareness online by engaging with fans on Twitter.com as Fast & Furious' Jordana Brewster participated in a Facebook question and answer session, during which two male fans proposed to the married actress.
Angie Harmon, comedian Dane Cook, Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello and Scandal star Tony Goldwyn were among the celebrities who helped man the phones and accept live donations, while Robert Downey, Jr. sent in a video message and Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and funnyman Danny McBride all took part in a humorous, pre-recorded cancer awareness public service announcement (PSA).
However, one of the most touching celebrity appearances of the night came from former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who recalled losing his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, to the disease in 1991, followed by his stepdaughter Charlotte last year (13).
Addressing the audience, he said, "To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away, bit by bit, by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.
"I held the generous, strong, beautiful hand of my first wife, Cassie, as ovarian cancer took her life much too soon. And just last year, I held the hand of my funny, wonderful daughter Charlotte before she too died from this wretched, inherent disease."
Thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also gave a moving speech towards the end of the hour-long show, urging audience members to shine a light for loved ones battling the disease as she and Kevin Bacon introduced the event's closing performance from rappers Lupe Fiasco and Common and singer Jennifer Hudson, belting out their new cancer survivors' anthem, Remission.
Dave Matthews, Ariana Grande and The Who, via satellite from London, also performed during the telethon.
But the night didn't go quite as smoothly as planned - a live link-up with Ben Stiller from Toronto, Canada had to be axed at the last minute due to a technical problem, prompting presenter Mike Myers to quip, "Evidently, lightening has struck something in Toronto, because I am doomed never to have a live telecast without controversy. I think it's Hurricane Kanye has hit Toronto... (sic)".
The Austin Powers star was famously left dumbstruck back in 2005, when he stood by as rapper Kanye West notoriously lashed out at then-U.S. President George W. Bush in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a live TV fundraiser to help the victims of the New Orleans, Louisiana natural disaster.
Lupe Fiasco has teamed up with singer Jennifer Hudson and fellow rapper Common to record an inspirational song for America's Stand Up To Cancer telethon. The hip-hop star released Remission, a remix of his original moving track Mission, over the weekend (29-31Aug14), ahead of the trio's planned performance of the cancer anthem during the TV charity special on Friday (05Sep14).
Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon will lead this year's (14) Stand Up To Cancer telethon in America next month (05Sep14) The fourth biennial fundraiser will also feature Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell and NCIS star Mark Harmon, while The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco & Common, Ariana Grande and Dave Matthews will perform.
Paltrow, who lost her father Bruce to oral cancer in 2002, will also co-executive produce the broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
She says, "Cancer affects us all and each and every person can help the scientists who are working 24/7 to save more lives.
"We want to get that message out in as many ways as possible, so we're excited to use social media to reach supporters from all over who are helping to grow the Stand Up To Cancer movement, and hopefully, get even more people to stand up with us."
For the first time, a 'digital lounge' will replace the traditional phone bank staffed by celebrities, and from there celebrities will be able to reach out to viewers via phone, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
The SU2C initiative launched in 2008, and telethons have been held in 2010 and 2012. They have raised a total of more than $260 million (GBP153 million) for cancer research charities.
Rapper Lupe Fiasco shocked fans during a YouTube.com concert earlier this week (begs23Jun14) after falling off stage in the middle of his show. The Superstar hitmaker was performing for fans as part of a pre-taped episode of online series SKEE Live on Wednesday (25Jun14) when he lost his footing and tumbled from the stage into the front of the audience.
He refused to let the incident disrupt his gig and hopped back up to the platform without missing a beat, reports HipHopDX.com.
He later brushed off the mishap by referencing the fall during a rap freestyle, prompting the crowd to cheer.
Fiasco isn't the only musician to suffer an embarrassing stage fall in recent weeks - country star Luke Bryan famously tripped up during a gig in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of May (14), and video footage of the epic tumble went viral.