Questlove calls Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" a "game-changer."
Questlove is a man who knows hip-hop music (he even published a book on the subject), so when the legendary Roots drummer speaks, his opinions tend to be held in the highest regard--even when they're not the most popular.
"Hereâs the thing: the song is effective and catchy as hell, and it works," he said. "Just the over-enunciation of âhold you downâ?Â It makes me chuckle because all I can see is my assistant holding a brush in the mirror and singing it.
Iâm caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, âShe said the N-word! She said the N-word!â Iâll call people out â âYo, donât troll.â I know youâre 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. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that âFancy,â above any song that Iâve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that weâre truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.
And to tell the truth, I was saying this last year, I donât think itâs any mistake that four or five of my favorite singers are from Australia. Like between Hiatus Kaiyote, thereâs a bunch I can name for you right now, but I donât think itâs a mistake that a lot of of my favorite artists are coming from Down Under. A lot of them more soulful than what weâre dealing with now. When you think soul music and Aretha Franklin and the Baptist-born singer, thatâs sort of an idea in the past. As black people, weâre really not in the church as we used to be, and thatâs reflected in the songs now.
Iâm not going to lie to you, Iâm torn between the opinions on the Internet, but Iâmma let Iggy be Iggy. Itâs not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. Iâm in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, Iâll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect â I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, âFancyâ is the song of the summer."
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