10 Reasons Why Iggy Azalea is Better Than Nicki Minaj
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!