Questlove Explains Why Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is a Game-Changer

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In an interview with TIME, Questlove explains how Australia is killing it right now, speaks on his new SoundClash show on VH1, and breaks down what makes a good cover song. But perhaps most interestingly, Questlove gives his take on Iggy Azalea and her hit song “Fancy.”

You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.

He added:

I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I’mma let Iggy be Iggy. It’s not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.

Read the full interview at TIME.


  •!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    I don’t know, dude. I mean, I like the song, but I don’t know if it’s a game-changer.

  • Victor Aguilar Medina

    whats so game changer about it? it sounds like a 2004 gwen stefani song

  • D-Pro

    I think he means game-changer in the sense that it’s a chart topping hip-hop influenced song, by a Caucasian Australian woman. The floodgates are open. Anything could happen next.

  • Cristina Incháustegui Massieu

    Bullshit, that song is so damn fake, so is Iggy Azalea. I don’t believe it’s a game changer for a minute.

  • Asfadsaf

    im looking forward to a 500lb Samoan transexual belting out bars from a wheelchair

  • D-Pro

    Lmao! It’s going to happen…

  • CRDU

    Yes he is right, hip hop has spread its wings and it’s not a horrible thing. If you don’t like Iggy for any reason that’s cool, just know you don’t have to listen or let it effect you in any negative way. There is so much music out here, to get caught up on a white woman for doing hip hop is insane. People hate then love, or love then hate. Its all good people. Song is not a “game changer” I don’t know what that phrase even really means when it comes to music.

  • Sugar Bear

    Dude, exactly!
    Why was there no mention of Gwen?!

  • RBS

    I think it has to do with the fact that no one ever really viewed Gwen Stefani as a rapper, rather an artist inspired by hip-hop. In that sense, her songs could never have had the type of effect that Iggy can have on the culture. This is the first real example of a successful, white female rapper. Not to mention the fact that she’s not from the US. That’s a game changer.

  • James

    Reverse racism?

  • Keith Villanti

    I agree. Look up Gwen’s video “What you waiting for”.. Gaga completely jacked her aesthetic. Gwen is lot more influential than people give her credit for.

  • JichaelMackson

    no such thing.

  • The Colonel

    Another thing he should admit: not every rapper of color is rapping in their actual speaking voice. Lil Kim didn’t borrow half her shtick from Biggie? Snoop didn’t used to bust out the reggae patois? B Real talks like that in real life? Nope.

    Being a vocal performer means performing. Singers have been doing it for days–Mick Jagger sings like he’s a southern soul man, for christ sakes.

    All that matters is that it sounds good, and if you didn’t see Iggy, if you didn’t know she was from Australia, you’d have no room to criticize. She’s doing it “right.”

  • Frank da Plank

    A lot of songs and artists are being called game changers these days: Odd Future, Iggy Azalea, J. Cole, etc. Whether or not you like them, I really don’t see the “game” changing that much really…

  • jay

    She is so totally fake: ass implants, fraud accent etc. First of all: who’s your A&R?

  • pretty flacko

    Sorry but you’re a fool for saying that, the “game” has changed quite a lot

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