Since the success of her breakout hit ‘Fancy,’ the lens has truly been on Iggy Azalea.
Despite launching a host of hits from her debut album ‘The New Classic,’ rap’s new girl on the block has not exactly received the warmest of welcomes from the genre’s current tenants. In just one year she’s broken Lil Kim‘s record for longest run at #1 on the Hot 100 and even bested nemesis Nicki Minaj by receiving an American Music Award win and Grammy nod during her first official era.
Be that as it may, Azalea’s wins are consistently questioned (as is her credibility). While some have been led some to label her this generation’s Vanilla Ice, the Aussie rapstress seems to take the scrutiny in stride. In a recent interview with Billboard, read below how she addresses the “haters,” has love for her female rap foremothers, and more:
Iggy Azalea on BECOMING A RAP SUPERSTAR:
“I don’t know one girl my age who isn’t a fan of rap music. We have very few characters that we can identify with, so it’s cool I get to be one of those girls.”
Iggy Azalea on HER IDENTITY:
“I’ve always loved Fergie and Gwen Stefani. I loved Eve and Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliott. I loved Trina and Christina Aguilera as well. I wanted to be a mix of all of them, which I think I am — I hope!”
Iggy Azalea on CRITICISM:
“I can rap. I first rapped probably when I was 13. Everything gets so scrutinized now. We have so many outlets that it’s hard sometimes to just be normal.”