Wednesday, June 16, 2021

MC Lyte Compares Iggy Azalea to Idris Elba

Rapper MC Lyte attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California
Rapper MC Lyte attends the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons honoring Martin Bandier at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 7, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California

*Eve and Jill Scott may take issue with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and her “blaccent,” but MC Lyte has no problem with her rapping style, saying it’s not unlike British actor Idris Elba mimicking an American accent for a role.

“Every time we see an English actor, they’re putting it on to act like an American,” she said in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97. “We don’t get on Idris when he has to act like a homeboy from Baltimore to make his job work. It’s a job, you know. But with Iggy, I think she catches a lot of heat because she’s so damn confident, you know. It’s a catch 22. You wanna be humble but if you’re too humble, they’ll tear you up. So she’s caught between a rock and a hard place.”

Lyte said hip hop needs to stop tripping over her Australian origins.

“Iggy’s style is different,” the veteran rapper said. “You know, people want to get on her because of wherever she’s from. Wherever she’s from really doesn’t matter. She has a love of the craft, of the art. And the reason why I can say it and mean it is because one of the first tours I ever did was in Denmark, Copenhagen and everybody in the audience looked just like her.”

She added, “hip hop is universal, no color lines.”

MC Lyte’s first studio album in 12 years, Legend, dropped as a limited edition vinyl release on April 18.

Watch the clip below (Iggy talk begins at 9.30).



  1. I’m not a big fan of Iggy Izalea but I’m glad MC Lyte made that comment. I’ve been saying the same thing during topic discussions with some of my friends. Hell look at all of the fake accents these American rappers utilize in order to sound as ignorant and nonconformant to the rules of the English language as possible, meanwhile holding various college degrees..

  2. Words from a pro who has enough confidence in her style and the way she’s honed her craft to not be intimidated. Wisest words I’ve hear so far regarding Ms. Izalea.

  3. With all due respect to a veteran, Mc Lyte really doesn’t know what she’s talking about…hiphop is not trippin on Iggy because she’s from Australia. hiphop has no love for her because she showed arrogance towards some of hiphop’s luminaries such as Q-Tip. And her whole style is fabricated. So again no offense Mc Lyte, but please do not speak when you do not have all your facts straight.

    • Perhaps you should listen to the interview and then get YOUR facts straight. She was referring to the SPECIFIC comments about her accent and the fact that people have said it was fake. THAT’S what she answered to…the issues you brought were not even addressed. Besides that, how do YOU know??? Are you in the music industry?? I’m sure there’s been a lot of talk about Iggy amongst the hip hop industry that the public doesn’t even know, so with all due respect, don’t profess to know more than someone who’s been in the game for decades…ijs.

  4. MC Lyte is and always has been the only female rapper I could listen to with any real interest, and i wonder what she would say if someone naturally blonde from Sweden or Norway came over here and started imitating her sound, her cadence – I heard that iggy chick and swore Da Brat had a new album out – never before have I heard a female rapper make so much of an attempt to imitate another… she should develop her own sound, or is she just acting, like Idris Elba does, since she brought him up …


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