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10 Reasons Why Iggy Azalea is Better Than Nicki Minaj

Updated on April 11, 2016
Di Ralph Aversen - Iggy Azalea, CC BY 2.0,
Di Ralph Aversen - Iggy Azalea, CC BY 2.0,

It is undeniable that both Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea possess great skills in rapping. Even before the release of her first album Playtime Is Over in 2010, hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj has already set the record on Billboard’s Hot 100 by having seven entries on the chart all at the same time.

She has nearly been the only female rapper on the international music scene not until Amethyst Amelia Kelly, better known as Iggy Azalea, took the music world by storm with her hit single “Fancy” in 2014.

Since then, many have been comparing the two – not just with the skills but even with those perfectly shaped booties! But is it now safe to say that it is already time for the Harajuku Barbie to bow down to our Aussie?

Let us then take a look at the top ten reasons why Iggy would be a better pick for the title Queen of R-A-P. Move over, Nicki.

Number 1

Iggy Azalea made it to the cover of XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class of 2012. She was together on the cover with artists Danny Brown, Don Trip, French Montana, Future, Hopsin, Kid Ink, Machine Gun Kelly, Macklemore, and Roscoe Dash. What made it extra special is that she was the first non-American female rapper to be included in the list of the annual Top Ten Freshman issue.

Number 2

Her single “Fancy”, which features singer-songwriter Charli XCX, from her debut album The New Classic, became the Song of the Summer for 2014 in the US of A. The breakout hit single sat on the number one spot for seven straight weeks since the first week of June that year. “Fancy” remained number one for half of the summer, and lingered in the top five for six weeks before going down only for the last week.

Number 3

When Iggy’s “Fancy” ranked number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, in which she was the featured artist, landed at number two. This made history as Iggy joined The Beatles’ legacy to be the only names to have simultaneously ranked at numbers one and two with their first two Billboard Hot 100 hits. Really, who doesn’t know The Beatles?

Number 4

Iggy is not afraid to make collaborations with the biggest female artists in town. She has already collaborated with Charli XCX, Rita Ora, and even J.Lo! Yes, as in The Jennifer Lopez. And still in 2014, Iggy Azalea made another mark in the music scene as she and Ariana Grande became the only two women with three top ten hits each on the Hot 100 chart.

Number 5

Azalea’s debut album The New Classic was more hip-hop than Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday. You got to admit it. Also, most of Nicki’s songs are vulgar! "He toss my salad like his name Romaine/And when we done, I make him buy me Balmain" – seriously? Well, Iggy’s songs are not. You got to admit it again.

Number 6

Azalea has already got a total of 127 nominations since entering the biz. She got nominated at the at the Grammy Awards and iHeart Radio Music Awards. She also got nominations for the Billboard Music Awards.

She got four nominations at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards – Best New Artist, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Fancy”, Best Rap Album for The New Classic and Record of the Year. Just last year, in 2015, Iggy received five nominations at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards.

She was nominated for Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, Renegade, and Best Collaboration with the cute Ariana Grande for the song Problem and that of chart topping Fancy with Charli XCX. She received twelve nominations at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards as well.

Number 7

Since Lauryn Hill in 1998, Iggy has only been the fourth female solo rapper to top the chart (the other two were Lil’ Kim and Shawnna). Beat that Nicki.

Number 8

Azalea was number 46 on the 2014 edition of the Australasian Music Industry Directory or AMID’s Power 50, and it is something to be proud of. AMID’s Power 50 is a list compiling, you know, just the most influential personalities in the Australasian music world.

In November 2014, Azalea was hailed number one on the Maxim Hot 100 list in Australia, and according to Maxim, just a few female Australians had a bigger 2014 than she had. Raise your hand if you believe so!

Number 9

Azalea has already bagged 34 awards in total. In the year 2014, she won the Favorite Female Artist Award for Rap/Hip-Hop in the American Music Awards. Her debut album The New Classic then won Breakthrough Artist – Release in the 2014 ARIA Music Awards.

Moreover, she won three awards at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards - the Choice R&B Hip-Hop Artist, Choice R&B/Hip-hop Song for her song “Fancy”, and Choice Single Female Artist for “Problem” with Ariana Grande.

Number 10

Lastly, not only is our Iggy a music artist but she used to do some modeling before she entered the music biz. In 2012, she joined Wilhelmina Models International and shortly after, Levi’s considered her the new face of the brand. Iggy is multitalented indeed! Beauty and talent in one.

Now, did anyone just ask “who dat, who dat”?

Well, it is definitely I-G-G-Y!

Check out her latest song "Team".


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    • Evane profile imageAUTHOR

      The Filipina Digital Entrepreneur 

      2 years ago

      Okay. Well, you like Nicki. I like IGGY.

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      2 years ago

      Lol you clearly haven't delved into Nicki rise to fame enough you just named iggys small success which was 2 years ago where is she now? Team flopped and she's pushed her album back for the second time whilst Nicki is still holding the crown 7 years in the game.

    • Evane profile imageAUTHOR

      The Filipina Digital Entrepreneur 

      2 years ago

      @ Michaela Osiecki I beg to disagree. Iggy is not racist. What she writes are all about her life experiences just like what everyone else does. But she is not being racist. She is not a perfect rapper I think, but she knows how to rap. The fact that she knows how to rap and she is able to sell albums through that, only shows that she is a star or that she has a star quality. She has improved a lot throughout the years. Maybe she did practiced a lot. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, is a master rapper. There is no doubt about that. But what appalled me is how she portrays herself as a rapper. Some of her music videos are too indecent and improper for the youth to see. How she portrays her big boobs and big butts in her videos makes people insecure about their bodies (if they have small boobs and butts). And that is alarming. These days where most online users are teens, we should be very careful with what we portray. We should show things rightfully emulating. Making a music video like Anaconda is pointless in the moral sense.

    • Evane profile imageAUTHOR

      The Filipina Digital Entrepreneur 

      2 years ago

      @ Matt Easterbrook5 Well, I think Nicki is getting much PR because of her videos like the Anaconda song. I really don't see why she has to show indecent sexy videos and photos. It is not good for the teens to emulate.

    • Michaela Osiecki profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      Have you ever actually read any of the lyrics to an Iggy song? Its literally mumbo-jumbo, she's not even saying real words half the time.

      On top of that Iggy Azalea is incredibly racist and for that reason alone, I can't get behind her.

      Nicki Minaj, while I may not be a fan of her music, actually has strong morals, is a prominent and active member of the feminist community, speaks out about issues that black people face, and is supportive of the trans community as well.

      And just a hater.

    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile image

      Matthew A Easterbrook 

      2 years ago from Oregon

      Very interesting hub. I enjoyed reading it. Yes Iggy does not get as much PR as Nicki. Iggy is a great one.


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