“First things first, I’m the realest,” Iggy Azalea raps on “Fancy,” the bouncy single that just hit No. 1
on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The Australian-born rapper became the only artist since the Beatles to have their first Hot 100 hits chart at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously (she also appears on Ariana Grande’s “Problem”). But she has drawn some ire for her rapping style, in which her natural Aussie accent gives way to one that evokes the archetypal Southern rapper. The contrast was evident on last week’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale, when an earpiece issue caused a pause in her performance. As Azalea, 23, stopped to apologize to the crowd, she sounded noticeably unlike the rapper who boasts about being “in the murda bizness”
in the opening verse of “Fancy.”
Authenticity is a recurring point of contention in rap.
She grew up in the small town of Mullumbimby, New South Wales, and headed for Miami at age 16. After years of honing her craft, Azalea connected with Atlanta-based rapper T.I., who went on to produce her EP “Glory” in 2012. Earlier that year, Azalea was featured as part of XXL’s annual Freshman Class issue, becoming the first woman to receive that honor — but not without a bit of controversy.
American rapper Azealia Banks tweeted, “Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong.” Banks, who is black, took particular issue with a lyric from the song “D.R.U.G.S.” in which Azalea raps “When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave master.”
“I’m not anti white girl, but I’m also not here for any1 outside my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it,” Banks tweeted.
Azalea later apologized for her choice of words, issuing a statement on Atlanta-based entertainment blog missjia.com:
In all fairness, it was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.
I've heard a lot of good and bad things about Iggy but here is the real:
“Iggy Azalea’s buzz outweighs her catalogue.”
I've had the opportunity to listen to her album "The New Classic" and what I will say is this, its a few songs on her album that I really like but for the most part I feel like if your a teenager then this album is for you. When I listened I got a mix of Nicki Minaj mixed with Kesha with a Memphis accent.
Iggys video's are very colorful and creative. She is very curvy and she doesn't mind showing them in a classy way. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow and what comes from that growth.
1. Walk The Line
2. Don’t Need Y’all
3. 100 f. Watch The Duck
4. Change Your Life f. T.I.
5. Fancy f. Charli XCX
6. New Bitch
10. Black Widow f. Rita Ora
11. Lady Patra f. Mavado
12. Fuck Love
15. Just Askin'