I didn't fully appreciate the 23-year-old white rapper from Australia who goes by the name of Iggy Azalea until I realized earlier this week that she's a drag queen.
A female drag queen, playing a woman. That's a compliment, not an insult. It doesn't refer to her appearance, although you could make the case that her garish fashion choices, her height (5'10" plus whatever heels she's inevitably wearing), her blonde femininity, and her improbably exquisite beauty (check the contours of those cheekbones!) make for a look that some men aim for when they dress like women. Her stage name is a combination of her childhood pet's (Iggy) and that of the street she grew up on (Azalea) - a classic convention for producing your "porn name," but also your "drag name."
More to the point, though, is that as someone who speaks with an Australian accent, with a distinct twang mimicking that of the American South (lapsing into a sing-song deeply reminiscent of executive producer/collaborator/mentor T.I.), but who grew up thousands of miles away from any hip-hop capital as we know it, Azalea's gift is in imitation. Azalea started rapping when she was 14 but got her real training after leaving her native land at 16 and hopping around the southern United States. In Atlanta, she encountered the OutKast-affiliated Dungeon Family, whose Backbone was a particularly strong influence on her.