Iggy Azalea may just need to stop doing interviews. Recently, the Australian rapper went on the record to say that she’s a game changer. True story.
With one album, a T.I. co-sign and four Grammy nominations to her name, the “Fancy” rapper told GQ that she changed the Hip-Hop game.
“At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change—that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop. And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great.”
We’ll discuss the 35-year-old rapper thing some other time (FYI: Eminem and Jay Z are over forty, and will burn you on the mic). But what exactly has Iggy Azalea changed and what leniency has she inspired?
Azealia Banks is a loud voice when it comes to the anti-Iggy Azalea rhetoric, but she is definitely not alone her sentiments of the dangers of cultural appropriation. Even fellow white rapper Macklemore (who at the end of the day can actually spit bars, sans any faux-accent), has repeatedly acknowledged how his white privilege has aided his career.
Also, having a huge hit like “Fancy”—which to be honest had a whole lot to do with Charli XCX’s chorus—does not a game changer make. Yet, the Grand Hustle artist has been tone deaf when it comes to acknowledging the critiques, choosing tweet it out with her followers while not even bothering to even rap about it.
Iggy Azalea is looking more like the latest in a long line of artists—white or Black—that started off on third base but think they hit a musical homerun, and quizzically believe they have a track record worthy of their delusions of grandeur.
Actually, Charlamagne Tha God did say that Iggy Azalea is the first successful female white rapper.
She should have said that.