Iggy Azalea has her fair share of critics (most notably fellow femcee Azealia Banks, who shared these words on her XXL Freshmen selection), but the Australian rapper isn’t one to back down. Following Eve‘s interview with Women of Hip-Hop, in which she said “I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really fuck with her music”, Ms. Azalea responded to the former Ruff Ryder in her own interview with XXL.
“I like Eve,” she said. “Everybody is different, everybody hasn’t lived out of the box and for you to even know if it’s real, you have to kind of be an out-the-box person or somebody who likes something they’re not suppose to [like]. A girl like her that raps is expected, so how could you understand something so different?”
“I’m not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it,” she added. “How could you if you’ve never been ostracized or loved something you weren’t suppose to love? Everything you’ve loved you’re allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? Thus, how could you know if it’s real? I used to be like, ‘it is real, let me prove it to you.’ Now, I don’t care if you think it’s real or not because it’s what I love, it’s my life. I don’t put my story all out there for you because I don’t need to put my story out there and prove it. I don’t give a fuck if you think I am or not cause that girl in the crowd understand it and that’s who it’s for, if you don’t then it’s not for you.”
Iggy was also asked about jabs from other female emcees, including Banks, and went on to explain that women are just competitive and implied that she is ahead of her competition.
“Females are competitive like that and that’s how it is,” she stated. “I’m sure if I was the best sprinter in the world, all the other sprinters would hate me and I would hate them, too. It’s the same thing — it’s competition, it’s women. I don’t take offense to it, I don’t wake up thinking about another woman. I think about what I am going to do to make sure my career has longevity because that’s my only job. I just think about that, not who can be doing my job better than me —no one can, because I’m the only one that can be me and they’re the only ones who can be them.”