Iggy Azalea may have won herself a guest spot on Demi Lovato’s latest release “Kingdom Come,” but Azalea’s effort has come into a storm of criticism. The latest debacle seems set to cement 2015 as the worst year in Azalea’s life. Azalea’s climb to fame was both swift and unexpected, as rap music is hardly seen as natural territory for a blonde, white Australian woman. Azalea dropped hit after hit in 2014, and her debut album, The New Classic, was a huge hit. Azalea’s song “Fancy” was declared by Billboard to be 2014’s song of the summer, but despite her undoubted early success, Iggy has attracted criticism from the beginning.
Way back in 2012, criticism of Azalea’s credentials as a rapper began to emerge. The Guardian reported that Harlem rapper Azealia Banks called out Iggy over a lyric in a song called “D.R.U.G.S.” in which she referred to herself as a “runaway slave master.” Azalea later apologized but the foundations of a long-standing beef between the two female rappers had been laid. Since then Iggy has been accused of “cultural appropriation” and of ripping off Nicki Minaj.
Earlier this year, things took a turn for the worse for Azalea when she was forced to cancel her Great Escape world tour. According to Billboard, Azalea cancelled the tour claiming that, because it was her first arena tour, she wanted to ensure that she had everything right. Iggy had already rescheduled the tour, citing “production difficulties.”
As u may know, the tour is cancelled. I'm so sad and sorry to let my fans down…we'll be back out on the road when the next album is done.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) May 29, 2015
Things got much worse for Azalea just days after she cancelled her tour. USA Today reported that Azalea had been forced to withdraw from a “Pride” event in Pittsburgh after it emerged that Iggy had used language deemed offensive, racist, and homophobic on her social media feeds. Azalea’s involvement in a stream of constant controversy led the Huffington Post to question whether Azalea’s career was over as quickly as it had begun.
A few days ago, Azalea took to social media to announce her return to music in a guest spot on her friend Demi Lovato’s new album. Azalea told her 5.9 million Twitter followers that they could listen to her on “Kingdom Come” and said that she hoped her fans would like the record.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) October 16, 2015
Azalea’s fans may like the record, but the critics most certainly do not. The Huffington Post reports that the critics have “been brutal to say the least” about Azalea’s big comeback. Writing in Spin Magazine, Brennan Carley has dubbed Azalea’s rap as the “worst of the year.”
Carley slams Azalea’s fake accent, poor lyrics, and attempts to match up words that do not rhyme, and questions why no-one involved in the production of the track called for it to be re-recorded.
“Beyond the paltry lyrics, Azalea’s cadence and flow are so completely muddled here that it’s easy to make the argument that the verse was recorded so quickly and haphazardly that nobody thought, ‘Hey, this could use a Take Two.’ She stumbles on her words, stringing syllables together in a marvelous flameout of mush-mouth, measure after measure.”
Carley concludes that “Iggy Azalea’s rap on ‘Kingdom Come’ is just the absolute worst.”
It seems that the critics are still gunning for Iggy Azalea, but her friend Demi Lovato is quick to defend her. Speaking to Complex magazine about Iggy Lovato says “Iggy has really gone through s**t and didn’t let that take her down a devastating path.” Instead, she claims that Azalea is stronger as a result.
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