2015 wasn’t the best year for rapper Iggy Azalea but you don’t have to tell her that.
“If I could, I would ‘Men in Black’ memory-erase 2015,” the rapper said in a new interview.
Elle Canada got the scoop from Iggy in its April issue. In the interview, Azalea blames another rapper, Azealia Banks, for putting her into a bad spot before 2015 had even begun.
“I think the Azealia Banks thing is what really started it all,” she says of her longtime rap nemesis.
Banks unleashed a Twitter tirade in December 2014 that Azalea got pulled into during the aftermath of a grand jury’s decision to not indict an NYPD officer in the Eric Garner homicide.
“We don’t like each other on a personal level, and that has gone on for many years — before the Black Lives Matter incident happened,” Azalea said. “So when I dismissed her, people started to think that I dismissed the whole movement, but I wasn’t trying to dismiss Black Lives Matter — I was trying to dismiss her because it’s our personal s**t.”
Banks had alleged that Azalea was fine with black culture but didn’t care about “black issues.”
“It’s funny to see people like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen,” Banks tweeted about the Garner case. “Black culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t, huh?”
“I don’t think the subject matter of her tweet was invalid; I just think it was emotionally charged and driven by something else, and the whole thing got so misconstrued,” Iggy told the magazine. “I just wish I had acknowledged the issue head-on because it made people think I don’t care about what’s going on socially and what’s happening in America, and I do care. Even though I still hate Azealia Banks, I wish I had said it in a way that didn’t make people think I was oblivious to the movement.”
Azalea also said her feud with Papa John’s pizza was also probably not a great idea. Azalea went on a Twitter rant of her own after a delivery boy gave out her phone number.
Towards the end of 2015, Azalea decided she needed to retreat from the spotlight, canceling her tour and abandoning social media.
Azalea, who has both a wedding and her second album ‘Digital Distortion’ coming soon, said she plans on choosing her battles more carefully going forward.
“I don’t look at the comments anymore. Well, I say that, but I’m only human,” Azalea said. “I love talking to fans, but then you end up in some random comment section and accidentally find things that can really affect you—whether you realize it or not at the time. It’s tough.
“I think the biggest lesson I learned is that people are going to say what they’re going to say. And it’s really hard not to get emotional or become overly sensitive about other people’s opinions, especially if you feel like they’re wrong. But I think I spent a lot of energy last year trying to explain my side of the story because I thought ‘If you could just understand my side, surely you’d agree with me.’ But some people aren’t ever going to agree with you—and that’s just life.”