Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls “Fancy” A “Game-Changer” & “The Song Of The Summer”

Questlove has defended Iggy Azalea in a new interview with Time magazine, calling “Fancy” a game-changer for hip hop. He also labelled it the song of the summer. The Roots drummer, who is producing a new live music TV show called SoundClash for VH1, was asked about the avalanche of criticism leveled against the Australian rap diva for everything from her accent to alleged appropriation of black culture.

“We as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture,” he said about Iggy’s eight week stint at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. “I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

As for the femcee’s southern accent? “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet,” Questlove admits. “The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”

Read the full interview over at Time and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Sam Scarcello

    I don’t know if I’d say he came to her defense, but he definitely finds the criticism directed towards her is misguided. The criticism is warranted but more so at the genre and producers as a whole. I enjoy parts of The New Classic, but am unsure how I feel about the whole situation. It’s definitely a little weird.