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Exclusive: Aloe Blacc Reacts To Iggy Azalea, Hip Hop Controversy



On Wednesday night, “Fancy” rapper, Iggy Azalea, took home the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Hip Hop Artist, beating out the likes of Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Drake and T.I.

Iggy’s win comes on the heels of Azealia Banks’ comments suggesting that the Australian beauty “stole” the hip hop culture. Banks’ controversial remarks last month led to several discussions and arguments, specifically, between her mentor T.I. and Q-Tip. And now, Grammy nominated singer, Aloe Blacc is chiming in.

“I think [hip hop] is a really important culture to understand, to learn about and study the history of,” Blacc told HipHollywood while on the red carpet for The Wedding Ringer. “I got into hip hop back in 1984 … ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan.”

When asked about some of the controversy surrounding Iggy and the state of hip hop, he told us that “for me, it’s a very serious topic. Everybody who gets involved in hip hop should really know the roots, should represent the roots of hip hop and try to advance the genre in a way that is progressive but also respectful to the history.”


Could There Be A “Black Panther” and “Luke Cage” Crossover In The Works?



With all the hype over Black Panther (and it breaking box office records) fans are craving more of the Marvel superhero and crafting ways to intertwine him across the MCU. One theory is to have T’Challa and Luke Cage on screen together for an epic crossover episode during Cage’s sophomore season on Netflix.

The idea isn’t farfetched to Luke Cage star Simone Missick.

“I would love that,” Missick who plays Misty Knight told HipHollywood. “I mean doesn’t Black Panther come to New York, Misty Knight could travel to Wakanda. Maybe she takes a vacation and winds up in Wakanda.”

But while Missick was only speaking hypothetically, she said LC showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and BP director Ryan Coogler are good pals so it’s not out of the question. “They already know each other. Cheo is working on Creed 2 writing the script and that was Ryan’s movie, so that would be awesome.”

Meanwhile when asked about a Black Panther and Luke Cage meeting on screen, Coker was enthusiastic. “I would love that, I really would!,” he told “I mean, because it would be, like, OK. T’Challa could definitely get on Pop’s free haircut list.”

In an interview with BET, Coogler was asked about three MCU characters coming together – Blade, T’Challa, and Luke Cage.

“I don’t control that stuff. I know that stuff’s all complicated. I wish Kevin [Feige] was here to see if you could talk to him, because he knows more about it. But I think it would be awesome. I loved those characters. [Blade] paved the way for what we’re doing now…And what Cheo [Hodari Coker] is doing with Netflix is just incredible, putting African-American culture on the screen like that and seeing people react to it that aren’t from that culture…the same way they react to a black basketball player or a black musician. It works for film, too. It’s universal.”

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