Rah Digga (Remember her? She used to run with Busta Rhymes and the Flipmode Squad) came out of nowhere this week to chat with ThisIs50 about her new album and women in Hip Hop. As it turns out, she’s not too fond of Iggy Azalea. At this point, I don’t think anyone is surprised when other female MCs discredit the “Fancy” rapper. It’s like the new trend…
“Iggy Azalea, it’s like., I can’t really get into her because it’s just not real to me. And not for nothing because people have accents in real life as opposed to when they work. But let me say this to you. There is a white girl from Australia that spits in an Australian accent and her name is Chelsea Jane. That I can get into. Teach me Australian Hip Hop culture. Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo. She’s a beautiful girl. Capitalize off of the supermodeling thing! But we’re not going to believe you if you’re trying to convince us that you’re out here trap shooting…
This is what I have an issue with because my issue is never with any of the artists and what they bring to the table. My issue is with the higher powers. I don’t consider her Hip Hop. I listen to her album. Everything that I hear on there is everything but that. And I feel like Hip Hop is Hip Hop. The same way they took R&B and okay, for the ones that are considered ‘real’ R&B, we’re going to call them Neo-Soul, so now we can call Ariana Grande R&B. Hip Hop is representative of this: to inform and empower inner city youth. I’m fine with anybody’s race, creed or color participating, but don’t ever forget what it was created for in the first place.”
She also stood with Nicki Minaj in her statements at the BET Awards earlier this year about the importance of women rappers writing their own rhymes.
“There are too many passes being given. Everybody was mad at Nicki for making that comment at BET. This is what I wanna say: When did it become wrong to call out people that don’t write their own rhymes? When did that become a crime in Hip Hop? This is Hip Hop at the end of the day.”
I get what she’s saying…but I don’t get what she’s saying, because how many rappers, male and female, are really out here “informing and empowering the inner city youth” of anything important anymore? If that’s solely what makes someone Hip Hop then very few of the people being touted as Hip Hop, whatever their race or background, are really worthy to be put in such a category and could probably use a calling out too, Rah…just saying.
Check out Rah Digga’s argument below starting around the 6:00 mark.