Female rapper Iggy Azalea seems to have come from nowhere, going from relative obscurity to having two singles in the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 before most of the world even knew her name. Since “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which Azalea has a verse, managed to become two of the biggest songs of this summer, here’s a list of things you might not know about the new rapper in town. (Caution: The following article discusses a frank, outspoken rapper and contains some explicit content.)
1. She’s Australian
Iggy Azalea grew up in the small town of Mullumbimby, Australia, and speaks in an Aussie accent distinct from the Southern one in which she raps. She discovered hip-hop via the Internet in her early teens, being influenced by artists like Missy Elliot and Tupac, because there was no rap scene where she lived.