Whether you love or hate her – most are leaning towards the latter if social media is to go by – you cannot deny that 2014 was the year of Iggy Azalea.
The Australian pop-rap artist secured several Billboard Hot 100 placements, bested Drake and Eminem for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist and Album at the 2014 American Music Awards and scored the longest-running number one single for a female rapper with her ubiquitous hit Fancy.
Iggy’s success, however, was met with an onslaught of criticism, including accusations that she had appropriated certain aspects of black culture and benefited heavily from being white, and at every turn, Iggy responded to the criticism.
In the upcoming issue of GQ, Iggy is speaking out once again, addressing her supposed haters and career longevity. She even talks about how she “sparked a change” in hip-hop.
“You never know how long you’ll be in people’s good graces, especially in this business. So I hope it’s long—but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists. So it depends. I might be here for a long time. 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’re not sure what change Iggy is referring to, because white rap artists have existed before her (Vanilla Ice, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kreayshawn) and have crafted similar pop-friendly rap records, but Iggy’s remarks are already causing a raucous online.
You can read the rest of Iggy’s GQ interview here.