As Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks were beefing this week, Iggy Iggs tweeted out that race and politics had nothing to do with her hip-hop career.
In response, rapper Q-Tip replied to the Aussie star that hip-hop only exists because of its roots, which include race and politics.
Buckle up, and you might learn something.
Times were particularly tough for black kids in poor neighborhoods, Q-Tip begins.
Amid those circumstances, kids growing up on the streets found a creative outlet.
And it started to grow.
But adversity didn't disappear, Q-Tip continues.
Still, the music and movement grew.
Eventually inspiring a white Australian girl named Amethyst Amelia Kelly. That's great, Q-Tip says.
Those roots remain.
And they're still affecting black people today, Q-Tip says.
A friendly heads-up from one artist to another.
And what does T.I. think?
Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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