May 28, 2014


Iggy Azalea Becomes the First Female Rapper to Hit No. 1 In Years

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History has been made! Australian rapper Iggy Azalea just become the first female rapper since 1998 to hit No. 1 on America's Billboard Hot 100 with her fiery summer jam, "Fancy." She posted the good news on her Instagram earlier today.

Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998, while other women have come close. Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim had singles that peaked at No. 2, while the mostly-forgotten Chicago rapper Shawnna hit No. 1 on Ludacris' "Stand Up" as a featured artist. And who could forget Lil' Kim with "Lady Marmalade" featuring P!nk, Mya and Christina Aguilera? The difference here is that our maiden from Down Under is the first female lead artist on a track to reach the coveted No. 1 position since Hill. We're hoping Charli XCX is basking in the glow, too. 

Revisit the hit single here, and check out Iggy explaining why she recreated Clueless for the "Fancy" video below.