"Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Peppy electro-rap track has attitude, booze, and language.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Azalea is singing about how confident she is, but the message feels a bit more arrogant than empowering. The repeated references to alcohol and the entitlement she seems to feel for her decadent and indulgent lifestyle negates most of the song's positive messaging about self-confidence.

Positive role models

As a young female who quickly made a name for herself as a rising pop star -- and rapper -- it's easy to look up to Azalea's talent and drive. However, this track emphasizes her fondness for drinking, partying, and money.

Violence

Azalea refers to being in the "murda bizness" early in the song but doesn't go into detail about what that involves. Other violent connotations include a lyric about "slaying these hoes" and "gold trigger on the gun."

Sex

The song contains a few lines that can be interpreted as vague sexual references. 

Language

There are uses of "f--k," "bitch," and the word "retarded" (the clean version removes those expletives.)

Consumerism

Money's a common theme, and a few alcohol brands are referenced ("Goose" for Grey Goose, "Cris" for Cristal).
 

 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are plenty of mentions of alcohol and partying, including getting drunk on a mini-bus, spilling champagne, and drinking liquor.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Iggy Azalea's catchy single "Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)" has strong language and plenty of references to drinking. When she's not crooning about "takin' all the liquor straight" and getting drunk from a mini bar, Iggy Azalea (also known as Amethyst Amelia Kelly) projects an over-the-top sense of bravado, throwing out lines about the money she makes and how she's "got the whole world asking" how she does it. Language includes "f--k" and "bitch," as well as a use of "retarded"; there's an edited version  that removes the expletives. Generally, the song sounds a bit more self-important than offensive. Despite the party-centric lyrics, the song's accompanying video, a harmless take on the 1995 movie Clueless, doesn't show characters drinking. 

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What's the story?

FANCY, the No. 1 hit off Iggy Azalea's debut album, The New Classic, features the Australian rapper/former model singing about her career success and party-packed lifestyle. Poppy British alternative songstress Charli XCX provides additional vocals.

Is it any good?

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"Fancy" is certainly infectious -- the catchy chorus almost drowns out the various verses of bling-y, livin'-it-up lyrics. However, there's an awful lot of emphasis on partying in the song; Azalea repeatedly mentions wild nights and drinks she's having. There's a clean version with the profanity edited out, but the song still has iffy messages for young kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss drinking and why many of the lyrics in this song describe excessive behavior. Iggy Azalea is over 21, but some of the "Fancy" lyrics don't make it sound as if she's drinking responsibly. Identify some lyrics that imply she's not.

  • What's the difference between being self-confident and being self-centered? How can you talk about achievements you're proud of without suggesting you're better than other people?

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  • In the song, Azalea equates money with respect. What qualities or lifestyle choices earn your respect? 

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Music details

Artist:Iggy Azalea
Release date:June 2, 2014
Type:Single
Label:Virgin EMI
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old August 11, 2014
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12
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kind of iffy

I think it could be ok for some kids that are around 12 or 13 because lets face it that is basically when they start swearing but it does have the F word , b!tch and drinking but (I could be the only on that does this) they don't pay too much attention to the lyrics.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byLookatdatbody August 6, 2014
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2
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Terrible Song!

This ain't a song, it's a goddamn YTMND!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old June 7, 2014
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11
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I love this song a lot even though it is inappropriate for my little brother who is 7 and im 9. Lots of drinking in this song. Language is frequent too like b-tch, f--k, and s--t
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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