Iggy Azalea hopes she has a long career but even if her fame is fleeting, she hopes to be remembered for changing hip-hop.
The 24-year-old Australian star doesn’t know how long her career will last but even if it’s just a few years, she hopes to be remembered for “sparking a change” in attitudes towards hip-hop.
She said: “If I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great. You never know how long you’ll be in people’s good graces, especially in this business. 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.
“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.”
The ‘Bounce’ hitmaker – who is nominated for four Grammy awards – has faced criticism from a number of fellow hip-hop stars but admits receiving recognition at awards ceremonies helps her shrug off the harsh comments and feel validated.
Asked how she copes with haters, she told GQ magazine: “Awards season helps. 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. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue.
“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.
“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.”