The cries of sexism on behalf of Azalea just seem to replicate a familiar script—and only moreso when Nick Young defends his white girlfriend by tweeting that “these old heads tur[n]in’ into suckas.” In other words, the black people who started hip-hop are irrelevant now that white women have taken over. Iggy has arrived with her appropriated black Southern accent, and Snoop Lion and the rest of aging black hip-hop can just crawl off and die in obscurity.
The Snoop/Iggy beef, then, restages a long-standing dynamic in which black men and white women confront each other with accusations of racism and sexism—with black women as the displaced, ignored center of the discussion. In this case in particular, the misogyny directed against Azalea is visible in no small part because of the shock of seeing abuse that is usually reserved for black women suddenly turned on someone who is white.
& pretty easily summed up in the phrase “Snoop BEEN shit.” the language & rhetoric of insult/beef is a longstanding part of hip-hop but is seeing a new discourse in the Internet age, with Iggy, the first white lady of hip-hop.
hip-hop is no stranger to white success, especially in the pop realm, but we’ve never had a frontrunning white woman who has lasted longer than 6 months to a year. Iggy’s presence provides an alternative, though not entirely different, lens to the ongoing, 30-year-old sexism & internalized racism in hip-hop.
as it goes, nothing really seems to matter until it affects a white person.
anyone else feel like they learned too much about volcanoes in school? like, an excessive amount of time was dedicated to volcanoes? volcanoes are cool and all but i can remember learning about volcanoes in some capacity virtually every year of school and i don’t know why. it’s not really pertinent info. is the Big Volcano lobby to blame