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Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls ‘Fancy’ the Song of the Summer

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By Shannon Carlin

Questlove is speaking out in defense of Iggy Azalea’s brand of hip-hop and even calling her Charli XCX-assisted song “Fancy” a “game-changer” for the genre.

In a new interview with TimeThe Roots drummer talks openly about some of the bad press Iggy has gotten since her single went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, in particular the claims of racism in regards to the Aussie rapper’s seemingly American accent on her record.

Related: T.I. Denies Rumors He’s a Ghostwriter for Iggy Azalea

“I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out — ‘Yo, don’t troll,'” he said. “I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism.”

Recently, Chuck D blasted Iggy Azalea over a photo she took alongside B.o.B., T.I. and Drake with the caption, “Me and My N—-‘s<3.” Unfortunately, the photo was a fake, but that did not stop Chuck D from then calling Iggy out for her verse on “D.R.U.G.S.,” in which Azalea rapped, “When the relay starts I’m a runaway slave-master.”

“You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture,” Quest continued. “If you love something, you gotta set it free. 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.”

Related: Watch ‘Neil Young’ Perform Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ with Crosby, Stills and Nash

Questlove says he is torn by what he’s seen on the Internet, but he’s going to “let Iggy be Iggy.”

“It’s not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective,” he explained. “I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say. 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.”

Though, it should be noted, Questlove would really like Chromeo’s “Jealous” to take home the song of the summer prize.

“For me, I think it’s a crime that Chromeo is not up there, because their level of pop songs — aw man, it’s everything I could ever want,” he said. “It isn’t sticking. I want ‘Jealous’ to win so bad, but it’s obvious ‘Fancy’ is pretty much ruling the summer.”

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