Ad-Rock Thinks Iggy Azalea Is Awful, But Kanye West’s Totally Alright

Like everyone else, Ad-Rock has an opinion on Iggy Azalea. But unlike everyone else, the Beastie Boys member is actually in a prime position to address the controversial Australian rapper considering his group faced similar accusations of cultural appropriation when they were active.

When asked his thoughts on Azalea, in a new interview with The Daily Beast, Ad-Rock didn’t hold back.

“She sounds like Da Brat. I can’t say too much because I’ve heard literally one song of hers, and it’s not for me. I was gonna say it’s awful, and it is awful. But what do I know? It’s sold like 20 billion records, so people like it. I don’t care, more than anything.”

Related: Beastie Boys Win Sampling Lawsuit Over ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Harsh, but Ad-Rock was much more empathetic when it came to talking about the “Blurred Lines” verdict, which ordered Robin Thicke and Pharrell to pay the Gaye estate $7.4 million for plagiarism.

“[The jury] weren’t allowed to hear the song in the case but they saw the charts for it, and if you’re basing a legal case on drum patterns and bass notes, it’s a billion songs!” he said. “It’s a simple 4/4 drum pattern that every rap, rock, everything, uses.”



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