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Will.i.am and Lupe defend Azalea

Iggy Azalea has thanked Will.i.am and Lupe Fiasco after they defended her place in hip hop culture on social media.

Lupe got into an argument with one of his Twitter followers about the white Australian rapper's right to call herself a hip hop artist.

The Next To It star said: "Iggy has a place in HipHop...her place...."

Black Eyed Peas star Will then also waded into the debate.

He told his 12.6 million Twitter followers: "@IGGYAZALEA hiphop Is global now...it doesn't matter if your white or black...thanks for contributing & spreading our culture positively.

"@IGGYAZALEA is saddens me that people are making a big deal about race in hiphop & not ethics...today's ethics goes against our foundation.

".@IGGYAZALEA In 1980 a white girl from punk rock group @blondieOFFICIAL helped #hiphop expand beyond the hood with a song called #rapture.

".@IGGYAZALEA at the end of the day who cares what people think...do what you love...stay #fancy...#congrats."

Iggy later tweeted: "Thanks lupe and will iam what you guys said was really nice and i appreciate it."

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