…and all it took was one hit single.
As her latest bop ‘Fancy’ gears up to be soaked in Platinum showers, rapper Iggy Azalea has seen ‘Forbes’ magazine declare her the King of Hip Hop this week, doing so in article that also bills her Grammy-nominated rival Nicki Minaj “absent.”
Why the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar ought to bow down?
Forbes’ words below…
An excerpt from their “Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman” reads:
“Making a name for yourself as a woman and hip hop is laudable enough, forget the fact that she is a white, blonde, Australian woman. In a genre dominated almost exclusively by African American men she sticks out like a statuesque thumb.
In fact, women are so few and far between in the field that the Grammys had to discard their separate category, which many genres had up for years. For a few years there was a Best Female Rap Solo Performance and one for men, but it was discontinued after only two trophies were given out (both to Missy Elliott). After that, both rap and rock only gave out one trophy, and almost always to a man.
In addition to her album’s success, just this past charting week she also became the first woman in hip hop to have two simultaneous hits in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. Her single “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)” has quickly risen the ranks to number three, and she is featured on the new Ariana Grande cut “Problem”, which debuted at the same ranking last week and is presently sitting at number four. It is rare for any artist to achieve such a feat, let alone a female rapper.
Iggy isn’t the first woman to find success in the genre, but she is the latest and currently the only one representing the gender on the charts. For the past several years, Nicki Minaj has been the prominent woman in hip hop, but it seems there has been a change. Not only has Minaj been oddly quiet for months, she has said she will no longer be releasing radio-ready pop/hip hop blends, instead going back to her pure rap roots, leaving a void to be filled by none other than Iggy.”
While it’s warming to see Iggy receive such praise after spending so many years on Pop’s sidelines, one hopes future articles penned on her by the publication are a little less…fictitious.
For while it’s true that Azalea’s star currently shines brighter than most, 52,000 units sold first week calls Forbes’ claim that her LP is a success a bold faced lie, while talk of her “running Hip Hop” see its author seem more ‘Clueless‘ than clued-up, reaching for titles that we’re sure even she’d wince at.
Put simply, ‘Forbes’ may need to take a long hard in look in their critical mirror if they truly believe an act whose career has been carried by Pop top lines is deserving of the moniker they handed her.
So, until they do…