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The Conspiracy to Whitewash Hip-Hop
The Root ^ | June 18 2014 | TRAVIS L. GOSA, PH.D

Posted on 06/20/2014 1:09:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Why Iggy Azalea’s music is so popular and problematic.

hen asked about Forbes’ claim that hip-hop is run by a white, blond, Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea, incumbent queen bee Nicki Minaj laughed hysterically. The financial magazine may be qualified to calculate the $250 million valuation of Nicki’s Myx Fusions Moscato wine coolers, Nicki reasoned, but only the hip-hop community can bequeath the throne to Iggy.

One week later, Iggy Azalea became the only artist since the 1964 Beatles to have her first two singles occupy the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the fourth female emcee to hit No. 1 on the chart. Nicki has yet to claim the No. 1 spot.

However, the coronation of Iggy as one of the most successful rappers in history has occurred without much support from the imagined hip-hop community or from black people not invested in her brand. Funkmaster Flex has called her music “trash,” and Iggy’s hit singles have received little airplay on Top 40 “urban,” hip-hop radio stations. Reviews of her album The New Classic have been lukewarm at best. Even XXL, which made her the first female inductee of the magazine’s Freshman Class, admits that the music doesn’t live up to the hype.

If Iggy isn’t a great rapper, why is she so popular? Is it her whiteness? And is her reign part of a larger industry plot to whitewash black music with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke?

Iggy’s meteoric rise is due, in part, to the music industry’s willingness to promote only a handful of super-sexy female artists. The twerk videos, cake Instagrams and a track literally named “P---y” is a recipe for profit in a hypersexist marketplace. It has worked so well that men and women are buying tickets to Iggy concerts with

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: callawaaambulance; firstworldproblems; grievances; hiphop; playtheracecard; rap; rapmusic

1 posted on 06/20/2014 1:09:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Guess they gonna haveta have another Million Man March...................


2 posted on 06/20/2014 1:11:14 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,735 threads and 84,728 replies, as of 06-20-2014)
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To: nickcarraway

The majority of the hip hop audience has been white for a long time. Eventually the labels were going to figure out that the white kids were buying the music and the attitude not the color.


3 posted on 06/20/2014 1:13:46 PM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: nickcarraway
I can remember when Iggy was a man.


4 posted on 06/20/2014 1:14:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway
There would be no hip-hop industry today if it were not for the hard-earned dollars of Caucasian consumers.

The prominent has-been, Funkmaster Flex, was more than happy to sell records to Caucasians, but he is upset when Caucasians want to make records.

5 posted on 06/20/2014 1:17:13 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM_K73IyBMo


6 posted on 06/20/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT by Brother Cracker (My Mossberg 500 helps me deal with being cranky)
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To: a fool in paradise
There comes a point in every recording artist's career when it is time to ... PUT ON A SHIRT ! Geeze!

I mean I know that is part of the Iggy lore, the bare chested performer and all, but seriously, he's 80 years old or something.

7 posted on 06/20/2014 1:30:03 PM PDT by Jack Black ( Disarmament of a targeted group is one of the surest early warning signs of future genocide.)
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To: nickcarraway

So Iggy’s a white rapper. Big whoop. Eminem was a white rapper also.

There’s a word used for the majority of the rap music audience:

Wigger.

You see, there has always been a certain class of whites who get off on racist black entertainment.

Years ago it was artists like Stepin Fetchit and Snowflake who amused the whites. Now its Kayne West and Ice Cube and thugs like that.


8 posted on 06/20/2014 1:36:25 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: wideawake

Everybody black and white knows if you want to sell a million records, you have to have white kids buy it. Period


9 posted on 06/20/2014 1:42:26 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: wideawake

Blacks American culture is a joke. They want black only exclusiveness yet demand everyone cater to and include them. When whites enter their cultural arena they are accused of theft and exploitation yet they have no problem entering anyone else culture making their typical demands and catering.

You don’t get to be exclusive while demanding others be inclusive and complaining about race exposes they petty and racist nature of black hip hop and black America. This is why blacks outside of America think you are a total joke and complete losers. Yours is a culture of failure and your supposed celebration of it through music is nothing more than the promotion of vileness and evil. Have fun in your black bed with your black car black music and wannabe black world. Nobody else wants to be in it but idiot white kids that grow up and see it for the joke it is and move on.

RIP to the real black entertainers of the world who approached their struggles with creativity and overcame real hardships. They turn in their graves with what you have done off their backs.


10 posted on 06/20/2014 1:43:02 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: nickcarraway

I had to read this just so I could comment that I have no idea what any of this tried to tell us.


11 posted on 06/20/2014 1:45:30 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: nickcarraway

Everyone listens to Funkmaster Flex.....
Is that the kid from “Married with Children”?


12 posted on 06/20/2014 1:47:28 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: nickcarraway

Who’s ‘whitewashing’ rap? Debbie Harry is the singer of the first rap song to ever chart, Rapture. That was a long time ago now.


13 posted on 06/20/2014 2:29:57 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: nickcarraway

Big deal..a white rapper..tampons have a white rapper covering them also


14 posted on 06/20/2014 2:42:02 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: OldNewYork

I guess they forgot about Marshall Mathers aka Eminem. Little white kid from Detroit who outsold nearly all of them and managed to still be a dad to his little girl. How dare a white kid take part in such blackness.

The so called hip hop world is so afraid of losing their identity. Meanwhile the pop mindset has invaded and all that sells are garbage hooks over repetitive beats talking about stuff no decent person gives a crap about. Its hilarious to see the rednecks blasting this crap while riding around in their farm trucks yet the hip hop racists want to maintain its blackness and shallow identity.

The hip hop crowd can take their music and culture and shove it. Send it back to the ash heap where it belongs. They can’t all be Saul Williams, but I wish they were. Maybe then we wouldn’t have these tiny dick egos hiding under their beds at the thought of someone not like them being successful at “their” thing.


15 posted on 06/20/2014 2:45:14 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: nickcarraway
As far as whites "stealing" black music, many of the old blues musicians (Son House, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and other) had their careers revived by young, white blues afficianadoes. Many black musicians who supposedly had their music "stolen," became wealthy thanks to millions of white teens who bought their music. The fact is without a white audience, most successful black rockers from the fifties and sixties would have never progressed beyond the small black clubs and record labels.

While rock and roll certainly derived from black blues, few successful white rockers sounded like black bluesmen. The Beatles certainly didn't need to record any blues songs to become famous and wealthy. Ditto for the Stones. Everybody is affected by everybody else. Black jazz musicians were influenced by white, classical musicians. White musicians were influence by black musicians. That's the way of the world.

16 posted on 06/20/2014 4:02:00 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: wideawake

That’s the same for black rhythm and blues and jazz musicians from fifty years ago. A number protested when white musicians recorded their music. I can’t recall any white musicians protesting when Ray Charles and other black musicians recorded country music or white standards. Likewise, I can’t recall any black musicians protesting white people buying their recordings.


17 posted on 06/20/2014 4:06:29 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: drunknsage

The difference in talent between Nat King Cole or Ray Charles and Kanye West and other rappers is the difference between bright, shining diamonds and lumps of you know what.


18 posted on 06/20/2014 4:08:59 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless2
Kill the white people yeah, but buy my record first
19 posted on 06/20/2014 5:14:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: OldNewYork
Debbie Harry is the singer of the first rap song to ever chart, Rapture.

Rapper's Delight was the first to chart. Rapture was the first to hit #1. But to me it sounds like a Blondie song, with some rapping, not a rap song.

20 posted on 06/20/2014 5:17:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I stand corrected, partially.


21 posted on 06/21/2014 1:25:37 AM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: OldNewYork
There were a couple of Clash songs at that time that might be considered rap. They may have been hits in the U.K., but not the U.S. I think they are This is Radio Clash and The Magnificent Seven.
22 posted on 06/21/2014 1:28:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The real conspiracy is to convince everyone that hip hop doesn’t suck.


23 posted on 06/21/2014 1:33:33 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: nickcarraway; OldNewYork
The first rap to make the charts was a country song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65_-vNtWLLs

24 posted on 06/21/2014 1:47:57 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: uglybiker

I never heard this version, but I ‘vI’ve heard the one by Phil Harrism


25 posted on 06/21/2014 1:55:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
That one is the original, but almost everybody did a cover at some time.

I'm kinda partial to this version. :-P

26 posted on 06/21/2014 5:27:46 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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