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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.

1. 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.

2. In response, rapper Q-Tip replied to the Aussie star that hip-hop only exists because of its roots, which include race and politics.

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3. Buckle up, and you might learn something.

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

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

@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..)

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

11. 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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

@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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

@IGGYAZALEA we put our rap down..

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

17. 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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

19. 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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

24. Still, the music and movement grew.

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

26. 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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

@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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

30. Those roots remain.

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

36. 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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

@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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

38. 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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

@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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

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

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract)

42. And what does T.I. think?

Let the Twitterstorms continue.

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