Iggy Azalea Claims She's Sparked a Change in Hip-Hop

The 'Fancy' rapper says even if she has a short-lived career, she can proudly say she's 'inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop.'

AceShowbiz - %cIggy Azalea% is aware that her success as a rapper isn't going to last for good. As she discusses her rise to fame, career longevity and her haters in a new interview with GQ for its February issue, the Australian raptress says that even if her career ends soon, she can at least proudly say she has made a significant change in hip-hop.

"You never know how long you'll be in people's good graces, especially in this business. So I hope it's long - but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists. So it depends. I might be here for a long time," she tells the magazine.

"At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change - that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop," she continues. "And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great."

Of people who always criticize her music, Azalea reveals that winning awards really helps her deal with their criticism. "Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it... When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, 'Well, I don't really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it.' Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice," she explains.

"So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don't care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn't feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it's needed," she adds.

In the interview, the "Fancy" hitmaker also talks about her upcoming "The Great Escape" tour which opens on April 14. Featuring supporting acts %cNick Jonas% and %cTinashe%, the tour's partly inspired by %cMadonna%'s "Confessions" tour.

"I love that tour so much," says Azalea. "It was actually why I called up Jamie King, who's working on the tour with me - because he left Madonna's tour. I was like, I've gotta have the people that were involved in creating this. I love when the stage changes and transforms."

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