Q-Tip addressed Iggy Azalea through Twitter with a powerful and lengthy message Saturday (December 20). The rapper’s posts for Azalea, who has been involved in an ongoing feud with Azealia Banks, were filled with information about the origins of hip-hop and why the culture continues to be an important vehicle for social change.
“Hip-hop is fun,” Q-Tip said in the series of Twitter posts. “It’s vile. It’s dance. It’s traditional. It’s light-hearted, but one thing it can never detach itself from is being a socio-political movement. You may ask, ‘Why?’ Well, once you are born black, your existence, I believe, is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos[ophy].
“Based on the tangled and treacherous history, slavery alone, this is the case. It never leaves our conversation…Ever,” he continued. “Whether in our universities, our dinner tables, our studios or jail cells, the effects still resonate with us. It hurts… We get emotional and angry and melancholy.”
Before ending his posts, Q-Tip explained why he was sending these updates directly to Iggy Azalea.
“You are a hip-hop artist who has the right to express herself however she wishes,” Q-Tip said. “This is not a chastisement. This is not admonishment at all. This is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight into the field you are in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue.”
View all of Q-Tip’s posts to Iggy below.