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Iggy Azalea responds to Eve and Jill Scott's critical comments

Iggy Azalea has fired back at fellow rapper Eve and singer Jill Scott after they urged her to embrace more of her Australian roots amid a continued debate over her place in hip-hop.

The Black Widow hitmaker, who was born in Sydney but moved to the U.S. at the age of 16, has come under attack in recent weeks for attempting to tackle African-American culture issues in her songs.

Rapper Azealia Banks publicly criticised her for taking on societal and racial themes and then staying silent on the same issues following the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers, who were not indicted for their actions in November (14).

Rap veteran Q-Tip also took aim at Azalea via Twitter, as her mentor T.I. and stars like will.i.am and Lupe Fiasco came to her defence online.

The controversy has continued to rumble on into 2015, and now Eve and Scott have tackled the controversy while promoting their new TV movie With Thins Ring during a radio interview.

Eve insisted she was a fan of Azalea, but commented, "I just wish there was a little bit more of where she came from...", while Scott was more blunt, suggesting the Aussie copied her style of rap from Eve and Da Brat.

Azalea has now tackled the latest round of criticism in a series of posts on her Twitter.com blog, insisting she isn't pretending to be something she's not.

Without referring to Eve or Scott directly, the annoyed rapper writes, "There's a difference between being yourself and being your stereotype. When people I've never met say I should act more like 'myself' I feel like they're really saying 'act more like how I stereotype you to be, so I can feel comfortable...'

"I'm myself as strange as I may be, daily. I think it's really important we all feel free to explore or feel passionate about whatever u (sic) wish. And I hope all my young fans take what I'm saying and remember it if you ever find yourself in similar shoes. Be as complex and multidimensional and interesting as you possibly can."

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