Janelle Monae On Iggy Azalea: “She Steals From Us, We Steal From Her”

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Everyone knows that Iggy Azalea has made an entire career off sampling the groove of Black music, the style of Black culture and even the sound of Black dialect. While she’s certainly not the first or the last White person to capitalize off of Blackness, she seems to lack a general sense of respect for the culture from which she chooses to borrow.

And she’s been subsequently dragged for it by other artists and by fans.

Naturally, she’s tried to defend herself against these cultural appropriation claims. When a fan mentioned that Jidenna’s “Classic Man” sampled “Fancy,” Azalea was quick to let people know she makes money off of that too.

https://twitter.com/IGGYAZALEA/status/619993636281937920

Ok, girl.

But Azalea wasn’t the only one who wanted credit, producer DJ Mustard said that both “Classic Man” and “Fancy” are rip offs of his particular sound.

“The producers of fancy sued the n****s that did classic man [laughs] n**** suing for s*** they ain’t start …”

And then: 

“Fancy was a rip off …. Classic mans a rip off …. Str8 up !,” he adds, undoubtedly displeased. “I’m flattered I’m not mad I just couldn’t see how the producers from fancy who’s not from la or the bay was cool with suing the next when they stole they s*** 2.”

Well, alright.

In a recent interview with Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, Peter Rosenburg and Laura Stylez, Jidenna, Janelle Monae and her new artists, a group called Deep Cotton, sat down to address this and discuss the message and movement behind their music.

Has he had any problems with DJ Mustard?

Jidenna: No, not at all. Mustard, he’s from L.A. and I lived in the Bay.

Ebro: Mustard knows that the Bay Area sound influenced Mustard.

Jidenna: He can’t own the sound at all. And also, some of the people have said that Iggy Azalea is getting paid off this record. I’ve seen that a lot. The truth is, we actually didn’t sample it. But ever since the decision of Robin Thicke and Pharrell, we believe that it is important to make sure that we are safe…you’ve got to put the paperwork in place.

When that Robin Thicke verdict came out, we realized that the game had changed in music.

Rosenburg: Wouldn’t it have been ironic if Iggy Azalea had sued someone for having a record that sounded like “Fancy.”

Janelle: She steal from us, we steal back.

Then Janelle does a mild Kanye shrug.

Umph.

Seems like homegirl might have a little trill in her.

And just for kicks and giggles, check out what Ebro, Rosenburg and even Janelle had to say about Tyrese trying to push up, on the next page. Again, there seemed to be some curve action going on.

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