Kendrick Lamar Defends Iggy Azalea: "She's Doing Her Thing"

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About a week after Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea's heated exchange sparked a discussion about the role of white music artists in hip hop, Kendrick Lamar is giving his take on the "Fancy" rapper.

"She's doing her thing," he told Billboard. "Let her. People have to go through trials and tribulations to get where they at. Do your thing, continue to rock it, because obviously God wants you here."

Although Kendrick gave Iggy her props, Azealia and other hip hop artists - like J. Cole - didn't feel the same way at all. In an interview with radio station Hot 97 last month, Azealia went on a rant about Iggy's success, saying (among other things), "That Iggy Azalea sh*t is not better than any f**king black girl that's rapping today."

Azealia also said Iggy should be placed in the pop category for music awards shows like the Grammys, instead of rap. "The Grammys are supposed to be awards for artistic excellence...Iggy Azalea's not excellent," she continued. "I have a problem when you're trying to say that it's hip-hop and you're trying to put it up against black culture."

After firing back at Azealia, Iggy went on to tell Vanity Fair she thinks people criticize her mainly because she is a woman. "Well, they don't say that stuff about Macklemore," the "Black Widow" rapper told the mag after she was asked if it's weird for a white Australian girl to be a rapper. "So, yes, I think it has 100,000 percent to do with the fact that I have a vagina."

What do you think? Have other music artists been too hard on Iggy or do you think they have a point? Tell us in the comments!

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