When it comes to collaborations, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has been the queen this summer with a trio of Top 10 singles that have been burning up the Billboard Hot 100. Her single “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, topped Spotify’s lists of 2014 songs of the summer released Thursday. The other two singles, Ariana Grande’s “Problem” and “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora have been just as popular, but can Azalea make a hit single without any guest features?
A bay area rapper by the name of Lil Debbie has a special request the rapper. In an interview with HipHopDX published Tuesday, the female hip-hop artist challenged Azalea to make a solo hit that would crack the Top 40 on Billboard’s singles chart. She said, “I would like to see from Iggy, as another female white artist, if that’s what we’re going to say we are, I want to see you put out one hit song that has nobody at all on it, not any other artist. None. Not Rita Ora. Not Charli [XCX]. Nobody. Not T.I. Not DJ Mustard. Not nobody.”
Lil Debbie didn’t appear to be starting a beef with Azalea in the interview, although they apparently had a minor run-in before Azalea blew up. Instead, she seemed to be urging her to push the envelope a bit. She continued, “I want you to put one hit out, catchy song. That’s it. I just want you to put on. You’re right under Nicki Minaj so put on for us, make a hit song that has nobody else on it ‘cause all I’ve seen so far is Rita Ora, Charli XCX. That’s all that I’ve heard on the radio.”
There could also be a little jealously involved as Lil Debbie hasn’t been able to break out as a white female rapper like Azalea has. She mentioned in the interview that she has felt discriminated against by other artists since moving to Los Angeles and that “no one want to work with her or acknowledge her presence.”
Her challenge to the “Fancy” rapper may be tough. There aren’t many hip-hop singles that have ever broken into mainstream radio or even cracked Billboard’s Top 40 without some sort of collaborative effort. If Iggy Azalea does accomplish it, she will definitely quiet many of her critics.