MC Lyte Defends Iggy Azalia’s “Blaccent”

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<b>MC Lyte</b> aired her defense for Iggy Azalia in a recent interview on New York’s Hot 97 radio station. Ever a diplomatic lady, the veteran femcee took the high road in referring to the Aussie rapper as an “actor,” with regard to her adaptation of “blaccent” (the unique speech of black culture).<!–more–>

Iggy has gained some support from the likes of Lupe Fiasco, will.i.am and Questlove, while catching hell from Azealia Banks, K Michelle and Q-Tip for being “unoriginal” and appearing to have a misguided cultural perspective on race as it pertains to hip-hop. But Lyte says, “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,” said Lyte. “Hip-hop is universal, no color lines.”

Later on in the interview Lyte said, “Every time we see an English actor, they’re putting it on to act like an American. 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.”

Iggy remains active despite her energy field right now; she appeared in the <em>Furious 7</em> blockbuster (which will undoubtedly lead to more real acting opportunities), and recently took to Twitter despite going off it for awhile, to announce her upcoming collab with Britney Spears on “Pretty Girls” at the May 17 Billboard Music Awards.

Additionally, Lyte dropped her first album in 12 years on April 18, “Legend,” as a limited time vinyl release, and recently received the <em>I Am Hip Hop Award</em> at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013.

The clip about Iggy comes in at 9:30 of the interview:

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