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Iggy Azalea Gets A Hip-Hop History Lesson From Q-Tip

The music grew out of a specific racial, social and political environment, Professor Q explains.

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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.

Now! rant, Make it racial! make it political! Make it whatever but I guarantee it won't make you likable & THATS why ur crying on the radio.

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Now! rant, Make it racial! make it political! Make it whatever but I guarantee it won't make you likable & THATS why ur crying on the radio.

11:01 PM - 18 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Buckle up, and you might learn something.

@IGGYAZALEA HipHop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70's

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@IGGYAZALEA HipHop is a artistic and socio-political movement/culture that sprang from the disparate ghettos of NY in the early 70's

10:32 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America

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@IGGYAZALEA Coming off the heels of the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT and approaching the end of the Vietnam war it was a crossroads 4 America

10:33 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Times were particularly tough for black kids in poor neighborhoods, Q-Tip begins.

@IGGYAZALEA specially for blacks in the US our neighborhoods were PROLIFERATED w/a rush of HEROINE

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@IGGYAZALEA specially for blacks in the US our neighborhoods were PROLIFERATED w/a rush of HEROINE

10:35 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA our school systems here in NY dungeon traps with light for learning

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@IGGYAZALEA our school systems here in NY dungeon traps with light for learning

10:36 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA blk men some of whom didn't return from tours of duty n the ones who did came w/war baggage (agent orange, addiction, ect..)

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@IGGYAZALEA blk men some of whom didn't return from tours of duty n the ones who did came w/war baggage (agent orange, addiction, ect..)

10:38 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA these men had families but due to these events and throw into the mix the public emasculation...

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@IGGYAZALEA these men had families but due to these events and throw into the mix the public emasculation...

10:41 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA they proved to be handicapped parents. The surrogate parents? The STREETS

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@IGGYAZALEA they proved to be handicapped parents. The surrogate parents? The STREETS

10:42 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA the streets of gangs, crimes, and the hustlers coddled us and swept us up

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@IGGYAZALEA the streets of gangs, crimes, and the hustlers coddled us and swept us up

10:43 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Amid those circumstances, kids growing up on the streets found a creative outlet.

@IGGYAZALEA but! Being a spirited, rhythmic & expressive people music art dance outlined our existence

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@IGGYAZALEA but! Being a spirited, rhythmic & expressive people music art dance outlined our existence

10:44 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA it proved a way for us to exhault to scream to dance to laugh and find OUR VOICE

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@IGGYAZALEA it proved a way for us to exhault to scream to dance to laugh and find OUR VOICE

10:45 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA we weren't at the time skilled musicians as kids. We had records, turntables, ideas and INGENUITY

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@IGGYAZALEA we weren't at the time skilled musicians as kids. We had records, turntables, ideas and INGENUITY

10:47 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA being natural chemist we took from whatever was availed to us and we created something mighty and special

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@IGGYAZALEA being natural chemist we took from whatever was availed to us and we created something mighty and special

10:48 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA we cut breakbeats back n forth we took a hybrid of Jamaican toasting along w/ radio jock rap( hank Spann, Gary Byrd, ect.) and

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@IGGYAZALEA we cut breakbeats back n forth we took a hybrid of Jamaican toasting along w/ radio jock rap( hank Spann, Gary Byrd, ect.) and

10:50 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And it started to grow.

@IGGYAZALEA it was a neighborhood thing really. Black and Latino Kids were carving out their space and it became infectious

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@IGGYAZALEA it was a neighborhood thing really. Black and Latino Kids were carving out their space and it became infectious

10:52 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA eventually Keith Cowboy coined the phrase hiphop . Yrs later the first rap record was recorded and now we r moving

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@IGGYAZALEA eventually Keith Cowboy coined the phrase hiphop . Yrs later the first rap record was recorded and now we r moving

10:54 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But adversity didn't disappear, Q-Tip continues.

@IGGYAZALEA but during these strides this country still had the monster of racism and racial insensitivity breathing and ruling

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@IGGYAZALEA but during these strides this country still had the monster of racism and racial insensitivity breathing and ruling

10:56 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA believe it or not young black n Latino lives specifically weren't acknowledged in mainstream American culture unless Ofcourse..

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@IGGYAZALEA believe it or not young black n Latino lives specifically weren't acknowledged in mainstream American culture unless Ofcourse..

10:58 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA the convo was abt gangs , being criminals or uneducated. And hey! Like I stated early our families were rushed our schools

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@IGGYAZALEA the convo was abt gangs , being criminals or uneducated. And hey! Like I stated early our families were rushed our schools

11:00 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA sucked and we were left to put devices to survive

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@IGGYAZALEA sucked and we were left to put devices to survive

11:00 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA but HIPHOP showed that we had DEPTH, fire, and BRILLANCE

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@IGGYAZALEA but HIPHOP showed that we had DEPTH, fire, and BRILLANCE

11:01 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Still, the music and movement grew.

@IGGYAZALEA the music was undeniable! It moved from NY N became national and even GLOBAL

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@IGGYAZALEA the music was undeniable! It moved from NY N became national and even GLOBAL

11:02 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA hiphop now was FOR EVERYBODY!! All of those who cld relate to the roots, the spirit, the history, the energy.. It reached YOU

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@IGGYAZALEA hiphop now was FOR EVERYBODY!! All of those who cld relate to the roots, the spirit, the history, the energy.. It reached YOU

11:04 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eventually inspiring a white Australian girl named Amethyst Amelia Kelly. That's great, Q-Tip says.

@IGGYAZALEA it touched your spirit n took u up. We magnetized you! That's what BRILLANCE does

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@IGGYAZALEA it touched your spirit n took u up. We magnetized you! That's what BRILLANCE does

11:05 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA now u are fulfilling your dreams ... BUT!

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@IGGYAZALEA now u are fulfilling your dreams ... BUT!

11:05 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA you have to take into account the HISTORY as you move underneath the banner of hiphop. As I said before

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@IGGYAZALEA you have to take into account the HISTORY as you move underneath the banner of hiphop. As I said before

11:08 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA hiphop is fun it's vile it's dance it's traditional it's light hearted but 1 thing it can never detach itself from

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@IGGYAZALEA hiphop is fun it's vile it's dance it's traditional it's light hearted but 1 thing it can never detach itself from

11:09 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Those roots remain.

@IGGYAZALEA is being a SOCIO-Political movement. U may ask why ... Well

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@IGGYAZALEA is being a SOCIO-Political movement. U may ask why ... Well

11:11 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA once you are born black your existence I believe is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos

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@IGGYAZALEA once you are born black your existence I believe is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos

11:12 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA based on the tangled and treacherous history SLAVERY alone this is the case

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@IGGYAZALEA based on the tangled and treacherous history SLAVERY alone this is the case

11:13 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA it never leaves our conversation... Ever. WeAther in our universities our dinner tables our studios or jail cells

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@IGGYAZALEA it never leaves our conversation... Ever. WeAther in our universities our dinner tables our studios or jail cells

11:15 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA the effects still resononates with us. It hurts... We get emotional and angry and melancholy

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@IGGYAZALEA the effects still resononates with us. It hurts... We get emotional and angry and melancholy

11:17 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA did u know president Clinton was the ONLY PRESIDENT to apologize for it?

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@IGGYAZALEA did u know president Clinton was the ONLY PRESIDENT to apologize for it?

11:17 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And they're still affecting black people today, Q-Tip says.

@IGGYAZALEA did u know that remnants of slavery exist today thru white privilege? When certain "niceties" r extended your way because of

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@IGGYAZALEA did u know that remnants of slavery exist today thru white privilege? When certain "niceties" r extended your way because of

11:20 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA how u look? Isn't that crazy? I say this 2 say u are a hiphop artist who has the right 2 express herself however she wishes

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@IGGYAZALEA how u look? Isn't that crazy? I say this 2 say u are a hiphop artist who has the right 2 express herself however she wishes

11:23 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A friendly heads-up from one artist to another.

@IGGYAZALEA this is not a chastisement this is not admonishment at ALL this is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight

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@IGGYAZALEA this is not a chastisement this is not admonishment at ALL this is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight

11:24 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA into the field you r in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue

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@IGGYAZALEA into the field you r in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue

11:25 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA I've been on twitter a long time and this will probably be my last series of tweets pretty much but

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@IGGYAZALEA I've been on twitter a long time and this will probably be my last series of tweets pretty much but

11:27 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@IGGYAZALEA I'm Kool with it as long as I got to share this w u. Zzzzzzz's up! Peace!

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@IGGYAZALEA I'm Kool with it as long as I got to share this w u. Zzzzzzz's up! Peace!

11:28 AM - 20 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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