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Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls ‘Fancy’ Song of the Summer

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Outside of being the drummer of the Roots, Questlove is an astute hip-hop historian. In an in-depth interview with Time magazine, the Philadelphia native weighs in on Iggy Azalea and the controversy surrounding her newfound success on the charts.

When asked if he was “Pro- or anti-Iggy Azalea?,” Quest responds, “I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out — ‘Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture.”

Azalea has received much criticism after ‘Problem,’ her song with Ariana Grande, and ‘Fancy’ hit No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the Billboard 100 chart. Not to mention Nicki Minaj threw shade at Azalea during her acceptance speech at the 2014 BET Awards.

Questlove goes on further to defend the Aussie rapper’s hit song ‘Fancy.’

“I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings,” he says.

“I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I’ma let Iggy be Iggy. It’s not even politically correct dribble,” he continues. “The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Questlove talks about his new VH1 show ‘Soundclash.’ The
series invites superstar acts to perform classic jams, current hits, and on-the-spot, unrehearsed collaborations.

“It’s sort of like Jamaican sound clashing,” Quest says. “You do different rounds. Round one is the artist doing their song, round two could be a stripped down version of their song or a cover song. Maybe round three, you put Chris Martin with someone like Odd Future. And you take Earl Sweatshirt, what happens if he goes with Imagine Dragons? That was the mission. As we get further on into the episodes, I would like to go more extreme, have people come out of their comfort zones and do crazy collaborations.

‘Soundclash’ airs every Wednesday on VH1 at 9PM ET.

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