Iggy Azalea Had Help From a Ghostwriter for ‘Fancy’
Iggy Azalea is so fancy. In fact, she’s so fancy that she supposedly employed someone to write her parts for her breakout single.
In a new interview, rapper Skeme, who previously worked with the Australian rapper on “Mo Flo” and “High Level,” revealed himself to be a ghostwriter tasked with helping Azalea on “Fancy.” While speaking to radio host Sway on his Shade 45 set over the weekend, the California native seemingly confirmed rumors that Azalea’s rhymes may have not been her own, telling the DJ, “Yeah, we had something to do with it.”
“There was a lot of push,” Skeme continued, before adding that he had nothing to do with the summer smash’s catchy hook.
“That’s the part I didn’t handle,” he noted, referring to the chorus written and sung by Charli XCX. “So a shout-out to her. She’s amazing.”
Currently, only Azalea, Charli XCX, The Invisible Men — a production group comprised of Jason Pebworth, George Astasio and Jon Shave — and Kurtis Mckenzie of The Arcade are credited as writers on the track.
Rumors of Azalea employing a ghostwriter started swirling when Nicki Minaj, who beat out the “Black Widow” hitmaker for the BET Award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist in 2014, allegedly alluded to the crowd that some of her competing female rappers — cough Azalea cough — did not write their own lyrics during the awards ceremony. In her lengthy acceptance speech, Minaj stressed “auth-en-ti-ci-ty” in music, saying:
This is always very, very emotional for me because this is my fifth year winning this award and I don’t take it for granted. I really don’t. I thank god that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven. And I want you to know this: I want you to know that I have an album, The Pinkprint, that’s coming out before the year ends. That’s not a plug, but it’s a plug! But my point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.
No, no, no shade. I used to sit in the studio with [Lil Wayne] and I would literally take sometimes three, four days to write a verse. And he was like, ‘No, you can’t be taking days to write no verse, you gotta write your verse right here in the studio.’ And that’s why I love him ’til this day. Because he pushed me to push my pen, and I’m still one of the only emcees that’s out here spitting metaphors and making you think. And I really don’t even care if I get my credit or if I don’t. I don’t look at myself as a female rapper, because I know what I do.
Later, Minaj denied that her speech was a dig at Azalea.