Iggy writes an open letter explaining her lyric "runaway slave Master"
Since Azealia Banks has brought to light a controversial lyric in Grand Hustle's Iggy's song, Iggy decided to write an open letter apologizing and explaining the lyric.
Im writing you today to address a lyric I said a few months ago in one of my songs that I feel has been used to unfairly slander my character and paint me as a racist person.
Kendrick LamarÂ is one of my favorite artists and I loved his song âLook Out for Detoxâ so much I decided to do my own version of it last year. The lyrics I wrote follow the original version closely; One lyric in particular has offended a lot of people and for that, I apologize.
The artistâs lyric was:âwhen the relay starts Iâm a runway slaveâ
My lyric was: when the relay starts Iâm a runaway slaveâ¦Master, shitting on the past gotta spit it like a pastor
This is a metaphoric take on an originally literal lyric, and I was never trying to say I am a slave owner.
The intent was to say was that past histories have been mastered, or overcome, and that you may feel my
line was âshitting on the past,â just as many feel pastors shit on the bible or biblical historyâ¦although they mean no ill and just have their own take, hence the lyric âgotta spit it like a pastor.â
In all fairness, it was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we donât stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.
I donât hate any race of people, and it pains me to wake up to other young people being misled to believe I do. I am for unity and equality. People should get a fair shot at whatever they want to do no matter what color they are; rap and hip hop as a culture is not exempt from this.
It is unfair to say other races who also grew up listening to rap donât get a place too. We have a place and the Azaleans and myself are evidence of that fact. All people have a voice and equal right to use it. In your lifetime you will say a lot of things you will wish you hadnât too. I have to have my poor choice of words live with me forever on the internet. Please know that I have grown from this and hope to have your continued support in life and my mission of bridging the gap. As one of my lovely azaleans said last week: we are the prototype and far beyond the stereotype. Love always, Iggamonster.