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Apparently not everybody is feeling XXL magazine’s choices for its fifth annual Freshman Class cover. While the hip hop mag has been highlighting up and coming acts on its cover for years, many are shocked by the first female to make the list—Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

One of the most outspoken critics about the Azalea nod is fellow female rapper Azealia Banks took Twitter to express her displeasure with the mag’s choice to include the Aussie on the list.

“Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong,” Banks tweeted. “How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a “runaway slave master”?”

While I can’t keep half of these new emcees straight anymore, as a longtime rap fan I did find it interesting that the first female to crack the list is white (things that make you go hmmm).

Banks, who has no problem telling folks how she really feels, further explained her stance.

“Sorry guys. But I’m pro black girl,” she tweeted. “I’m not anti white girl, but I’m also not here for any1 outside of my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it. In any capacity. *kanye shrug*”

This dust up comes just weeks after XXL came under fire for a controversial view featuring Bay Area rapper Too Short who gave young boys some very unfatherly and totally irresponsible advice on how to “turn girls out.”

What do you think folks…is this all much to do about nothing? Or is rap only cool when white girls do it?



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  • PedroPaydro

    The fact skin color even comes up for who is better in music is absolutely ridiculous … And by the way guys the first rap song to reach number 1 on the billboard charts(AKA gain recognition across America) was sung/rapped by a white woman , hell even the band was all white. That song was Rapture by Blondie (my personal favorite rap song). You don’t hear people who love rock , indie, pop or any other genre of music complain about skin color so all the hip hop/rap lovers bitching about it(such as the talented but arrogant Azealia Banks) need to “kill it with a skillet”- Missy Ellliott.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djronniebrunojonsw Ronnie Bruno

    Azealia Banks has one or two good songs so she has way to much to say already…Maybe if she was at Nicki Minaj’s level she may have room to bitch. I think she is just jealous and pissed it wasn’t her on the cover of xxl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djronniebrunojonsw Ronnie Bruno

    Iggy will blow up over the next year, Banks’ attitude will cause her career to stumble. JMHO.