It seems you can't open a newspaper, magazine, or blog without some commentary regarding Iggy Azalea's songs and persona, as happened in the Los Angeles Times this extended Memorial Day weekend. But in this case, LA Times pop music critic Randall Roberts ate his words on Monday, September 1 after seeing Azalea perform at Budweiser's Made in America Festival, held in Los Angeles at Grand Park this same weekend.
Saturday he said in the print-titled "Vivid look at rap today", about the lineup of mostly black male rap performers, "Iggy Azalea is the outlier: a white female Australian who speaks and raps in a ridiculous ghetto patois and is responsible for the biggest hit of the bunch, her "Fancy." How she'll fare in a town that takes its hip-hop very seriously is to be determined, and will be fascinating to watch."
However, by the time he saw Azalea perform, he had changed his tune, and his words in his Monday morning article "Searing sets save Made in America L.A.", to "By the end of the weekend, Azalea had made a valid argument against her doubters. "Who dat? Who dat?/ Dat do dat, do dat?" I-G-G-Y put her name in bold. This is actually no real surprise. Azalea attracted a large, devoted crowd May 16, 2014 when she performed "Fancy" for Jimmy Kimmel Live at the Outdoor Stage in Hollywood.
Azalea doesn't always charm her detractors so easily. And many seek to discredit her success. Sometimes it seems a bit racist and sexist to say a female, much less a white female, ought not be rapping, or that her place is somewhere else. But, even if one doesn't like her very much, her success is thunderous and she landed at the top of the charts at the number one and number two spots for "Fancy" and for her collaboration with Arianna Grande,"Problem." She's racked up over 300 million views of her video for "Fancy" between explicit and clean versions of the song.
It's honestly wonderful to see so many rapper, or MCs, as so many prefer to be called, performing in Los Angeles where venues once banned rap artists from performing in local clubs around the time N.W.A.'s and Public Enemy's rise to public consciousness. Punks were also often denied a venue, depending on the town. But today, this seems a long-forgotten part of Los Angeles music history, especially with Jay-Z involved in producing Made in America.
Azalea revealed that she never felt at home in Australia because of her love for American hip hop. She saved her pennies and moved to Miami, Fla. on her own at the age of 16, cleaned houses for a-living, and got her G.E.D. on her own, as she told the world on Chelsea Lately back in May of this year. A girl with that kind of determination isn't going to go away. You can find her online on Twitter and Facebook.