Forbes Magazine Says Iggy Azalea Is Running Hip Hop, Nicki Minaj Responds

Rucuss staffMay 22, 2014

Forbes Magazine did a little reaching when it published its latest article on rapper Iggy Azalea.

The business magazine wrote a article entitled, “Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman.” Forbes writer Hugh McIntyre believes it because Iggy’s debut album, The New Classic, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, selling 52,000 copies. Although she didn’t beat Future who held the No. 2 spot the same week, McIntyre believes she’s the reigning hip hop queen.

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Read some excerpts from the Forbes article below:

In addition to her album’s success, just this past charting week she also became the first woman in hip hop to have two simultaneous hits in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. Her single “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)” has quickly risen the ranks to number three, and she is featured on the new Ariana Grande cut “Problem,” which debuted at the same ranking last week and is presently sitting at number four. It is rare for any artist to achieve such a feat, let alone a female rapper.

Iggy isn’t the first woman to find success in the genre, but she is the latest and currently the only one representing the gender on the charts. For the past several years, Nicki Minaj has been the prominent woman in hip hop, but it seems there has been a change. Not only has Minaj been oddly quiet for months, she has said she will no longer be releasing radio-ready pop/hip hop blends, instead going back to her pure rap roots, leaving a void to be filled by none other than Iggy.

Although Forbes was correct with the facts that Iggy’s album debuted at No. 3–that’s where the facts end. Iggy is not the first rapper to have numerous singles on the Billboard charts.

Before Nicki’s first album Pink Friday was even released, she became the first female solo artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously in 2010. By April 2013, she became the most charted female rapper in the history of Billboard with over 44 appearances on the charts.

Nicki, whose debute album sold 375,000 copies in its first week, has debuted numerous new songs in the last couple of months. Her first official single from her upcoming album, Pills N Potions dropped Wednesday.

It didn’t take long for Forbes to receive backlash from the article. In the end, Forbes changed the title to, “Hip-Hop’s Unlikely New Star: A White, Blonde, Australian Woman.”

By then the damage had been done. Check out a few tweets from hip hop writers below.

Rapper and former MTV VJ Amanda Diva: According to @forbes Hip hop is run by Iggy Azalea STOP “REPORTING” ON WUT U DONT KNOW/UNDRSTND

Writer Michael Arceneaux: Ha @ this Forbes article declaring that Iggy Azalea runs hip-hop. 52k albums in a week ain’t running a thing, but nice try.

Journalist Brian B.Dot Miller: cultural tourism alert

Journalist David Dennis, Jr.: 52K copies sold does not equal “taking over” anything. Any time a White person gets even marginal success in rap, some assholes get together to write about how they’re “TAKING OVER’

Senior Editor for Ebony.com Jamilah Lemieux: Iggy Azaelia was bound to happen, the industry wanted it, the folks who are hip hop’s biggest consumers wanted it and us? We let it happen. We get excited when someone deems our culture worthy of appropriation. Until we start getting shut out.

Nicki also gave her thoughts on the topic. When The Breakfast Club asked what she thought about the Forbes article, she started laughing. Then Nicki told them, “Okkkayyy, I’m reloaded! All Forbes needs to be worried about is my finances and when I’m going to be selling MYX Fusions for $250 million. That’s all they need to worry about. We rely on hip hop connoisseurs and blogs for that kind of information, so we can appreciate that, but no thank you.”

Photos via Zimbio
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