Hip Hop is having a behavioral blindspot (that hip hop really needs to fix…). Hip Hop has taken to black shaming artist from other culture that are succeeding into hiphop (with urban artist they call it selling out but with artist who are not urban, they call them culture vultures. I know crazy right. a subculture that’s was born on inclusion for the excluded became an exclusion tool. Now that’s irony).
The biggest and most pronounced of these battles have been the attacks on Iggy Azalea (who by all real intense is a pop artist) and hip hop might need to check itself and tighten up. Why because hiphop never has been (or will be) culture exclusive. The only culture that owns hiphop is the people who enjoy partying and music. (Please don’t forget that hip hop started as a d party culture). Hip Hop and its bitter mumblings about acts like Iggy Azalea or Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are getting real close to being bigoted behavior (and hiphop know they would cry the loudest if it urban hiphop artist were treated the same. i.e. Nicki Minaj and the VMA’s). Hip Hop has to check itself. You can’t fight bigotry by being a bigot.
This current trend of black shaming other culture hip hop artist started with the attack on a trend driven artist named Kreayshawn. No Kreayshawn wasn’t a real word smith (her fans didn’t care), but she did a great job of communicating her tribal call (‘GUCCI GUCCI’) to her tribe (suburban weed smoking bad girls). Hip Hop was incensed, how can this little girl cheapen our religious sacrament called hip hop (#Really). Hip hop was offended. Or was it? Could hip hop just have been mad that others were now telling their versions of hip hop stories and it was working? Was hip hop having abandonment anxiety (#IJS). Iggy Azalea is just the most recent account of this behavior and hip hop has to do better.
Hip Hop wants’ other cultures money and resources but hip hop doesn’t want inclusion from those cultures (#ThatsNotFair). So hiphop needs to really back up off of Iggy, realize she's a pop star. But most of all embrace other culture ideas and participation to the genre.