“I Sparked A Change”: Iggy Azalea Explains Why She Thinks She Has Changed Hip Hop, And How She Deals With Her Haters
When you really think about it, Iggy Azalea had a really good 2014, and a really bad 2014 at the same time. While “Fancy” became her breakout hit, which ushered in a string of other hits from her album The New Classic, she was also called everything but a child of God by everyday people, rap fans and fellow lyricists (hey Azealia Banks!). And while she tried to defend herself here and there, the comebacks only made things worse.
But Azealia isn’t letting her detractors get her down. In fact, if you ask her, she has already made an impact on hip-hop, even if her career doesn’t last longer than a hot second. It all started when GQ asked her what she wanted her legacy to be down the line:
“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.”
As for people who would disagree with such statements, I-G-G-Y says she’s #unbothered. The accolades she’s been given have helped her feel that way:
“Uh, awards season helps. Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue. When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, Well, I don’t really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice. So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don’t care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn’t feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it’s needed.”