It's a strange choice considering her history of culturally tone-deaf behavior. - From Genius
Iggy Azalea is back and gearing up for the release of her sophomore album, Digital Distortion, after a long series of delays.
Her new single, “Mo Bounce,” is a club-ready song that features one strange moment: Iggy rapping the word “cholo.” “Cholo"—and its feminine counterpart “chola"—has a long history, but in modern America, the term is typically used to refer to a stereotypical lower-class Mexican person, drawing associations to low-rider cars, large hoop earrings, and nameplate necklaces that are increasingly being appropriated in fashion and pop culture.
Whether or not the term is “racist” is the source of some debate, but given Iggy’s history of racially-tinged controversy (not to mention tweeting questionable things about Mexican people) it seems like—at best—an odd choice for her song.
She’s also borrowed heavily from the aforementioned “chola” style early in her career in videos like “Pu$$y,” and even referred to having a “chola outfit” in a 2013 tweet.
The song is produced by the Los Angeles-based production collective The Stereotypes, who have previously worked with artists like Bruno Mars (“Finesse”), Chris Brown (“Beg For It”), and Danity Kane (“Damaged”).