Janelle Monáe Addresses Iggy Azalea Controversy On Hot 97, Gets Cut Off Speaking About Police Brutality On TODAY

The DJ Mustard soundalike synth burbles on “Classic Man,” the insanely catchy breakout hit by Janelle Monáe associate Jidenna, sound a lot like the DJ Mustard soundalike synth burbles on Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s inescapable summer 2014 hit “Fancy” — I would call it last year’s Song Of The Summer, but we all know that was “Seasons (Waiting On You).” A lot of people have noticed the similarities, with some even suspecting that “Classic Man” actually sampled “Fancy” directly, a suspicion that Iggy Azalea herself seemingly confirmed on Twitter last month:

Now, as AllHipHop points out, Jidenna and Monaé have clarified the situation in a new interview on Hot 97. Although Amethyst “Iggy” Kelly, Charlotte “Charli” Aitchison, and the other “Fancy” writers are given writing credits on “Classic Man,” Jidenna says that they didn’t actually sample “Fancy.” But in a post-“Blurred Lines” lawsuit world, they didn’t want to take any chances: “Ever since the decision of Robin Thicke and Pharrell, we believe that it was important to make sure that we are safe,” Jidenna says. “When that Robin Thicke verdict came out, we realized the game had changed in music. I’m glad we were safe.”

And this is what Monáe had to say, referencing the frequent accusations of cultural appropriation made against Azalea: “Hey, she steals from us, we steal back.”

Watch the full interview below.

Monáe and Jidenna also stopped by The Today Show on Friday to perform their recent single “Yoga.” At the end of the performance, Monáe began saying “God bless America,” after which the camera cut away and she was cut off by an anchor speaking over her. As Pitchfork reports, this was her full message:

God bless America. God bless all, all the lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know that we stand tall today. We will not be silenced…

Cutting off a black woman speaking out about police brutality just as she’s saying “we will not be silenced?” Really not a great look, Today Show. Watch below.