Erykah Badu throws the solar eclipse of shade at Iggy Azalea during Soul Train Awards

The supreme Ms Erykah Badu didn’t waste any time chucking media a juicy headline within the first few minutes of this year’s Soul Train Awards, throwing some serious shade Iggy Azalea’s way by implying that the pop-rapper is unequivocally “not rap”.

Currently streaming her phone-themed mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone – her first full project in five years – online, Erykah opened her hosting duties by announcing that she is banning all rap from the Soul Train Awards – ““no pants sagging and nothing will be on fleek.” – following which she pretended to get a call from the Australian-turned-American rapper: “Who is this? Iggy Azalea? Yeah, her, no, no, no, you can come….’cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap”.

The crowd seemed shocked, but of course most were probably used to it. Erykah is no stranger to controversy, whether it be public nudity, beef with The Flaming Lips, or back-and-forths with Iggy’s nemesis Azealia Banks. Lucky she lulled them into a false sense of security by first performing a medley of hits, including “Danger”, “On & On”, and “Love of My Life”.

Iggy has already responded to the likes of Q-Tip (who didn’t diss her, by the way) and that was off-putting to pretty much the entire hip-hop industry – her mentor T.I included – so hopefully she has the good sense to leave this one be.

Careful Iggy, Erykah’s got the block on lock:

Also at the Soul Train Awards this year, R&B icon Babyface was finally celebrated for the legend that he is.

Listen to Erykah Badu’s new song with ex-lover Andre 3000 HERE

Photo: Getty Images.


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Chris Singh

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