The Australian rapper has been accused of jacking hip-hop culture. Born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, Kelly migrated to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a rap career.
Settling in Miami, Houston, then Atlanta, Azalea raps with a southern U.S. accent; very unfamiliar from an Australian accent.
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Azalea has gotten heat from A Tribe Called Quest‘s Q-Tip when he asserted that she “picked and chose from black culture but ignored larger issues.” Underground rapper Azalea Banks also brought Azalea to task for her landing the 2012 XXL freshman cover; Banks stated: “how can you endorse a white woman who called herself a ‘runaway slave master’?”
You can’t deny what individuals identify with, however, one thing is clear, no one can deny their history.