Ice Spice Responds To Criticisms That Colorism is the Reason She Blew Up

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Ice Spice rise to fame was faster than others, sparking debates over what truly gave way to her big success, with some claiming it was because she’s light-skinned.

Less than a year ago, Ice Spice made a remarkable breakthrough into the mainstream showcasing journey of rapid ascent even in an era full of overnight successes. She only started making music in 2021 and had her first hit the following year. Since then, she has become one of Hip Hop’s biggest stars.

Despite her tremendous popularity, the 23-year-old rapper frequently receives criticism that she doesn’t deserve the success she has received in the last year. As a result, the glow of her accomplishments has been dulled by those who believe she had it easier than her peers with a darker complexion.

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During a recent conversation with Teen Vogue, Ice addressed the criticisms that she is a product of colorism. “I have seen those opinions,” she said. “I feel like that’s not something personal to me. I feel like that’s been the conversation for generations and forever, since the beginning of time.”

This month, Ice brought out Flo Milli for her performance at Hot 97’s Summer Jam. Many saw this as a response against people who had made an effort to downplay Ice’s talents and, by default, Milli’s stardom.

“I try not to feed into negativity because I also see that when people are trying to make that point, it’s not out of a good place,” she went on to explain. “[They end up putting] somebody else down.”

Ice Spice has become quite noticeable in the Hip Hop community. She maintains a positive attitude despite the criticism: “My job is being a rapper. “Like, what the fuck? That’s mad lit.”

On August 10 with a music video, she launched her debut single, “Munch (Feelin’ U),” and it became an instant smash. The song gained a lot of traction on social media and even received support from Drake, who played it on his Sound 42 Sirius XM radio channel.

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Since then, Ice Spice has collaborated with A-listers like Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Tjay and has a record deal with Capitol Records. Even though she hasn’t yet put out a full-length studio album, her music is still finding its way onto the commercial charts.

In addition to the co-signs and well-known performers she has collaborated with, she has recently garnered more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any other artist in 2023.

According to Chart Data, that the Bronx rapper has earned the most Top 5 hits this year, scoring big with three chart juggernauts: “Karma” featuring Taylor Swift, which was No. 2 on the chart last week; “Princess Diana” featuring Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 4; and “Boy’s A Liar” featuring PinkPantheress, which topped out at No. 3.