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Forbes Magazine: Iggy Azalea Is Running Hip Hop

We rock with Iggy Azalea but Forbes Magazine is getting the extreme side-eye! Yesterday, the business magazine, which articles normally focuses on finance, investing and marketing topics, ruffled up some feathers after they decided to dabble in the Hip Hop discussion and posted an article titled “Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman.” Yes, you read that right! According to the magazine, Iggy has taken over the lane once dominated by Nicki Minaj after her debut album, The New Classic debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts, selling 52,000 copies. In addition to her album’s success, just this past charting week she also became the first woman in hip hop to have two simultaneous hits in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. Her single “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)” has quickly risen the ranks to number three, and she is featured on the new Ariana Grande cut “Problem”, which debuted at the same ranking last week and is presently sitting at number four. It is rare for any artist to achieve such a feat, let alone a female rapper. [...] Iggy isn’t the first woman to find success in the genre, but she is the latest and currently the only one representing the gender on the charts. For the past several years, Nicki Minaj has been the prominent woman in hip hop, but it seems there has been a change. Not only has Minaj been oddly quiet for months, she has said she will no longer be releasing radio-ready pop/hip hop blends, instead going back to her pure rap roots, leaving a void to be filled by none other than Iggy. There is no way that in this point of her career, you can compare Iggy Azalea’s success to what Nicki Minaj has already done. This piece only shows that we are in a day and age where, if you aren’t releasing new music every single month, people tend to forget your previous accomplishments. For example, in October 2010, before Nicki Minaj’s first album Pink Friday was even released, she became the first female solo artist to have SEVEN songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously. By April 2013, she became the most charted female rapper in the history of Billboard with over 44 appearances on the charts. We should also mention that her first album debuted at #2 with 375,000 sold in its first week, (its competition was Kanye West’s MBDTF), and she went on to sell nearly 4 million copies worldwide. Although the writer claims Nicki has remained “oddly quiet,” she has been blessing her core audience with new material since December 2013. In fact, out of the 12 songs she performed at Power 106 LA’s Powerhouse this past weekend, five of them were released between December 2013 and this month. Her first official single from her upcoming album, “Pills N Potions” dropped today and it’s radio friendly, however, the writer clearly feels as though Nicki’s contributions to Hip Hop are no longer relevant since she isn’t doing as many radio-friendly pop hits like “Super Bass.” That’s contradicting. Here are a few Hip Hop journalists’ reactions via Twitter: Rapper and former MTV VJ Amanda Diva: According to @forbes Hip hop is run by Iggy Azalea STOP “REPORTING” ON WUT U DONT KNOW/UNDRSTND Writer Michael Arceneaux: Ha @ this Forbes article declaring that Iggy Azalea runs hip-hop. 52k albums in a week ain’t running a thing, but nice try. Journalist Brian B.Dot Miller: cultural tourism alert Journalist David Dennis, Jr.: 52K copies sold does not equal “taking over” anything. Any time a White person gets even marginal success in rap, some assholes get together to write about how they’re “TAKING OVER’ Senior Editor for Jamilah Lemieux: Iggy Azaelia was bound to happen, the industry wanted it, the folks who are hip hop’s biggest consumers wanted it and us? We let it happen. We get excited when someone deems our culture worthy of appropriation. Until we start getting shut out. After experiencing backlash, Forbes eventually changed the title of the piece to, “Hip-Hop’s Unlikely New Star: A White, Blonde, Australian Woman.” They also offered the following apology: The title of this article has been changed from its original version — “Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman” — because it did not accurately reflect the content of the piece. The author offers sincere apologies to anyone who was offended by it. Read more at

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People : Amanda DivaAriana GrandeDavid Dennis , Jr.Jamilah LemieuxKanye WestMichael ArceneauxNicki Minaj

05/21/2014 4:27PM
Forbes Magazine: Iggy Azalea Is Running Hip Hop
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