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

Music review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Peppy electro-rap track has attitude, booze, and language.

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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 & Representations

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.


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."


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


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


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.

What 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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Teen, 13 years old Written byIsabellaLovesDance13 November 23, 2015

Contains Inapropriate Language and Lyrics

This catchy, upbeat song contains highly inappropriate and somewhat offensive lyrics that younger kids shouldn't be able to hear. I gave this song 3 stars... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTruth_in_Ratings August 30, 2014

Where is music headed if this is what everyone's listening to?

I'll get this straight off the bat: this is one of the worst songs I have ever heard in my life. And yet most people I know say it's great. Mainstream... Continue reading

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?

"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.

Talk to your kids 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?


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


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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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