Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ Writing Credit Challenged

Courtesy of Vogue
Courtesy of Vogue

Who dat, who dat? Not I.G.G.Y. according to rapper Skeme, real name Lonnie Kimble, who claims to have ghostwritten Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” Iggy Azalea’s credibility in the rap world has been under question since a video of an attempted freestyle made its way onto the internet, but today it has been put under more serious observation following claims of ghostwriting on her biggest single to date. During the summer of 2014, Azalea’s collaboration with Charli XCX on “Fancy” blew up on radio, rapidly becoming the single of the summer and propelling Azalea’s name to the top of the charts. However, today, California-based rapper Skeme claimed to have written the majority of Azalea’s “Fancy.”

Skeme bragged that he has ghostwritten for Grammy Award nominated artists. “I got like cool ass certificate and a nice ass suit,” he claimed in regards to whether or not he has received awards for singles that he has ghostwritten. Though he was relatively tight-lipped at first, the rapper did go on to claim responsibility for having crafted a good portion of “Fancy.” After being asked if the artist’s name rhymed with “wiggy,” he laughingly confirmed the rumors.

Skeme has good things to say about Charli XCX, revealing that she did write her contribution to “Fancy.” “That’s the part I didn’t have anything to do with,” he said regarding the chorus before giving the UK musician a shout out. He wasn’t clear how much responsibility he had for the writing, though he did claim to have had a “big push” behind the verses.

Although Skeme’s claim of ghostwriting is precarious at best and has yet to be confirmed or denied by Azalea’s camp, Azalea is sure to find herself in hot water for the new claims. “Fancy” topped several of Billboard’s charts, and it has gone 5 times platinum in the United States with more than 4.2 million sales. At the end of 2014, it placed at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end chart.

As a solo artist, Skeme began pursuing a career in music as a profession in 2007, releasing a series of six mixtapes before his debut album Alive & Living was released in 2012. He rapidly followed up with Ingleworld in 2013. Neither album has charted in the United States. The rapper has released four singles as a lead musician since 2012, the last being his 2014 “Look What I Did,” which featured an appearance by Azalea’s longtime mentor, T.I.

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