Vox.com, a website run by fans of real rap, lashed out this afternoon against an Iggy Azalea Twitter account that had claimed the whitebread rapper and her gingerbread friend Macklemore were the king and queens of rap. Only problem: the Vox writer believed the account belonged to the real Iggy Azalea.
The article was pulled only 10 minutes after Vox posted it at 1:50 this afternoon with the title headline "Iggy Azalea just said she's the queen of rap. She's wrong." Speaking of being wrong! The tweet was sent from a fan account under the name @atlantakilos, whose profile reads: "• Iggy Azalea •|• Lady Gaga •|• Lana Del Rey • ★ Gaga Followed 3/4/13 + Iggy Follows ★"
Hard to believe that this wasn't really posted by her:
the king and queen of rap 😍👌💯 pic.twitter.com/R2eYuaRp57
— IGGY AZALEA (@atlantakilos) September 23, 2014
The full post, for the morbidly curious, is below:
Last night, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea posted a photo of herself, posing with rapper Macklemore, to her Twitter. Azalea captioned the photo of the two very blonde, very white rappers "the king and queen of rap."
Iggy Azalea's hit song "Fancy" claimed the hallowed "song of summer" crown earlier this year, spending a solid seven weeks in the no. 1 spot. Azalea also appeared on Ariana Grande's "Problem" this summer, making her only the fifth female artist to have two singles among the top five songs at the same time, joining Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift. Macklemore, too, has done quite well for himself. At last year's Grammy awards Macklemore was awarded the Grammy for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best New Artist.
In terms of numbers alone, it's not totally outrageous for Iggy to claim that she and Macklemore are the king and queen of rap. This is absurd, however, because chart topping and Grammys aren't everything, and both Macklemore and Azalea make music that blurs the line between rap and pop. If somebody asked you "Who are the king and queen of rap?" how long would it take you to come up with Iggy and Macklemore? Quite a while, we should think.
The statement is also a complete disregarding of the the decades of history — notably black history — that embody rap and make it what it is today. Most would probably claim that Jay-Z is closer to a "king of rap" than Macklemore is, and that Nicki Minaj or Lil' Kim would be a better pick for "queen of rap" than Iggy. Or if you want to go old school why not crown Notorious B.I.G. or 2Pac or Eve or MC Lyte.
But then again, this could just be earnest trolling. We wouldn't put it past Iggy.
Vox seemed like it would be a good idea. It wasn't.