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Forbes' Claim Iggy Azalea Is 'Running Hip-Hop' Falls Flat

Forbes claimed that a "White, Blond, Australian Woman" is running hip-hop and the hip-hop community disagrees.

By Jamal Andress | May 21, 2014

Iggy Azaela is officially famous. (Via Flickr / MrArab)

Her hit single "Fancy" peaked at number two on Billboard's Hot 100, that to go along with its 45 million hits on YouTube.

She's performed on Good Morning America, been impersonated by Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show and headlined the Dancing with the Stars season finale — although admittedly that could have gone better.

"I'm so sorry, but there's something wrong with my ears."

This new found fame along with her other accomplishments led to a Forbes article with the bold headline, "Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde Australian Woman."

Now, the content of the article is dialed back quite a bit from what critics call the "click-bait" headline. The writer says Iggy's "rise to prominence" is notable for how infrequently international white rappers have commercial success. The article also says, "In a genre dominated almost exclusively by African American men she sticks out like a statuesque thumb." 

And many would argue both of those things are true but that's where it ends. Competing hip-hop publications all came together to set the record straight on hip-hop's supposed new queen. (Via The Root, XXL Magazine)

One big criticism seems to be record sales. As The Source points out, "Artists that are really 'running' things, find a way to sell records. Kendrick Lamar was an underground rapper from Compton in 2011, he recently went platinum and garnered 7 Grammy nominations."

Iggy's album "The New Classic" sold 52,000 in its first week which is the most by a female rapper since Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" in 2010. Pink Friday sold 375,000 copies in its week one debut. (Via Cash Money Records / Nicki Minaj)

Speaking of Nicki Minaj, she was informed during Power 106's The Breakfast Club that her crown had been stolen. 

"Did you see the Forbes Magazine article that says Hip Hop is run by a White woman from Australia?" ... 

"All Forbes needs to worry about is my finances and when I'm going to be selling Myx Fusions for $250 million."

Following the backlash, Forbes changed the headline to "Hip-Hop's Unlikely New Star: A White, Blonde, Australian Woman"

All in all, Hip Hop Wired sums up the situation best, "Azalea's hard work is paying off. This doesn't mean she runs Hip-Hop."

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