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

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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.”

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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