When I evaluate a woman on a completely superficial level — which, let’s face it, is often — I typically single out her main features to figure out if I approve of them or not. Any by main features, I mean the things you notice in one glance (superficial, remember?).
Here’s one, for example:
White? Sure. That works for me.
Australian? Crikey! Why the hell not?
Can rap? Umm, what?
That is Iggy Azalea. A 23-year-old Australian recording artist and model. It is quite a unique combination. She is most notable for the song “Fancy,” and for contributing a rap solo to the Ariana Grande song “Problem.”
Normally rap isn’t my thing. But if I am going to like any type of it, it’ll be from an Australian model.
Azalea, whose real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly — which sounds like a character straight out of Game of Thrones — completely loses her accent when she raps. She channels her American white girl and sounds, well, pretty much like you’d expect an American white girl to rap. Except she has attitude. And spunk.
Plus her name is Iggy.
She currently occupies two of the three top spots on the Billboard Hot 100, with “Fancy” at #2 and “Problem” at #3 (John Legend’s “All of Me” tops the list), so, it’s fair to say that she’s “killing it” right now.
A female white rapper is always going to become a lightning rod for scrutiny. And I don’t necessarily mean in a good or bad way. But obviously there are certain stereotypes that people associate with rap artists, and white female usually doesn’t top that list — let alone an Australian one.
But there’s something to be said for someone who breaks through traditional norms and gains success. And Azalea has certainly done that. I’m not saying that her song “Fancy” is anything great, but if you don’t think it’s catchy and different, then you probably just have a really giant and ignorant hatred for rap altogether.
Here’s Iggy performing “Fancy,” which features vocals from British singer-songwriter Charli XCX, at the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month. I certainly have no qualms with their cheerleader-themed wardrobe choice.
Okay, so being an Australian model with flowing blonde hair certainly doesn’t hurt, but I also appreciate Iggy Azalea because she aspires to be different. Her music challenges us to form an opinion, and possibly alter our views of genres that we otherwise may not listen to.
Perhaps I am giving her too much credit as a musical pioneer, but, isn’t that what music is supposed to do — inspire thought? Electronic music wasn’t likely well received at first. Neither was rock and roll. But they stuck.
And now, Iggy Azalea is paving the way for young females from the land down under to come stateside and rap in cheerleader outfits.
I can accept it.