ByTom Cox, writer at
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Tom Cox

If you thought Iggy Azalea was black when you first heard her voice, you wouldn't be the first.

The Australian singer of chart-toppers 'Fancy' and 'Problem' has courted controversy for her "blaccent," her black American South accent, when she raps.

The 25-year-old Australian recently told Elle Canada that she does not intend to mimic a black accent in her hip-hop:

I’m not trying to sound black—I just grew up in a country where on TV and in music and film, everyone was American or any Australian person in them put on an American accent.
And I think it’s hard for Americans to understand this because, when you look at the entertainment industry, American culture is the dominating culture across the globe.

She claimed that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban also employ American accents when they're performing. However, she did recognize that the accent was more problematic in hip-hop music because of the "muddy area" around the genre.

Azalea continued to explain how before she moved to the US 10 years ago she had not understood the racial issues with putting on an accent.

I’m marrying a black man, and my children will be half black—of course I care about these things. And I understand if you’re not comfortable that I rap with an American accent, and you are totally entitled to your own opinions, but you don’t have to listen to my music.

A year ago, New York rapper Azealia Banks drew her into a public feud when Azalea didn't comment on the Ferguson protests last year, stating,

What do you think?

Source: Elle Canada, Huffington Post


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