Iggy Azalea

When Nicki Minaj accepted her fifth straight Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award at the BET Awards on Sunday night, she tossed out a few subliminal shots (“When Nicki Minaj spit it, Nicki Minaj wrote it”) that sure seemed to be directed at Iggy Azalea. We, in the media, collectively licked our chops, because how great would it be to see Nicki just rip a hole in Iggy’s soul? But it turns out that probably won’t be happening. Both Iggy and Nicki have taken to social media to claim that this is all inflated media business and that we shouldn’t be trying to pit strong women against each other. Well, uh, fair enough. Iggy addressed the matter on Instagram, sharing the following note:

I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online in the last few days is hard to ignore & honestly…lame

If I had won the BET award that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year & I don’t mind – so you shouldn’t either. Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that ’happened’ at the BET awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time.

Anyone who wishes me well is welcome in my life & those who don’t can’t get any more of my time. I hate to see everyone exhausting themselves on my behalf over things that I’m still not 100% sure even exist & don’t matter. just let it go.

In her caption, she also wrote this:

This is my mind state about everything & the only time I’m ever going to refer to this again so go nuts guys, Enjoy it. Ps. If you squint exxxtra hard you can see tiny elves having illuminati meetings between the lines in my notes app too.

(via Iggy’s Instagram)

Nicki also addressed the non-feud in a series of tweets, writing the following:

The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us! I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for 5 YEARS. I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation. I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness…. Did she read minds? It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more. I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.

And now we we will all slink back to our caves in defeat.

Comments (15)
  1. First things first, Iggy is the realest, white, Australian, former model pantomiming Southern hip-hop.

  2. What happened to the good old days when rappers could just beef it out? This whole meta-thing where you redirect the beef at the media and just try to like out-respect one another is really lame.

    Also, note that Iggy is “unbothered” by Nicki’s comments but doesn’t actually claim that her criticism was off base or that she writes her own rhymes. It’s only distressing because it really shouldn’t take more than one person to come up with “I-G-G-Y” or “who dat, who dat, dat do dat, do dat?”

  3. Two things.

    Thing #1 – Azalea’s comments belie her age. Very smart and and complete.
    Thing #2 – Minaj is a clown. An EXTREMELY talented clown. But a clown nonetheless.

    • I might be completely wrong, are her tweets not as well-articulated and insightful as any series of tweets ca be?

      • rhyme_and_punishment…..I’m assuming you are referencing Ms. Minaj….
        Her tweets are absolutely well articulated. But she’s part of the long running hip hop mentaility that finds it necessary to pat herself on the back at the cost of denigrating others. It’s so ubiquitous at this point it’s not even an issue to most. But that doesn’t make it any less clownish. And then to go to the media to try and somehow apologize without apologize for your tasteless behavior is atypical of this kind of clown.
        An apology sounds like this…”Regarding my comments the other night. I know they were thinkly veiled and were spiteful. I don’t know where that came from. I apologize to Iggy Azalea for my comments”.
        But that kind of statement won’t be coming out of Minaj’s mouth anytime soon.

        I’m trying to imagine this kind of behavior in other musical genre’s……….

        “Yeah, our new album is dope. It drops tuesday. I wrote all that shit. And it didn’t take me 10 years or more to get that shit on wax, yo. The Wrens plan is weak. What takes so long? Get your shit done, son. And get that shit OUT. We busted out three albums since their last joint”
        James Mercer, The Shins. Quoted in….well…never.

  4. “We, in the media, collectively licked our chos, becaue how great would it be to see Nicki just rip a hole in Iggy’s soul?”

    Ha ha ha. Ha? Ha? What?

  5. I’m no Iggy fan but Nicki seems a bit bitter to me.

    • No doubt she is. I’d wager it has something to do with Iggy walking into the cross-over success that Nicki has been chasing for years mostly by virtue of being a hot white chick and in spite of having negligible skill as an MC.

  6. I wish we could see these feuds actually develop. Every time someone says anything that *might* be construed as “beefing”, it seems as if the PR teams immediately go into damage control mode. Then we get Lily Allen touring with Miley Cyrus, Lorde and Taylor Swift being best friends, etc.

  7. man, feuds are boring

  8. This is an honest question: could someone please explain the Nicki Minaj love to me? I mean, her verse in “Monster” was other-level good, but overall, what else is there? I recognize that I might be missing something, so any direction would be much appreciated.

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