This week, Iggy Azalea‘s Charli XCX-featuring single “Fancy” hit No. 1 on the Hot 100. It was followed up by another single featuring Iggy: Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” which climbed to No. 2, making Iggy the first recording artist since the Beatles to top the pops with her first two charting singles. Iggy’s rise hasn’t been without controversy- There has been a lot of latent ‘he said, she said’ chatter in the black community against the young Aussie due to the fact that she’s yet another white face selling black art, and to make matters worse there are a collection of tweets from the Fancy singer drawing attention to her very controversial views on race and sexuality, Complex says “It paints a picture of Azalea as not the most thoughtful person to pick up a microphone, but when has that ever really been a limitation for rappers?” Well, she has topped the charts and this has a lot to say about the direction urban music is taking now, the question is, is rap music now more acceptable because its coming from a white female?
None of this controversy will be able to stop “Fancy.” If anything – it has only aided in creating more awareness for the rapper and has made her presence in the industry even more evident and will probably go in that direction as time goes on. As much as people protest against this 90′s inspired track and bouncy faux-DJ Mustard beat, “Fancy” is set to be the song of the Summer – the charts have spoken.
This should come as no surprise to anyone who follows music or has heard “Fancy.” Or anyone who’s ever believed there’s no such thing as bad publicity.