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Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora Climb Charts With “Black Widow”

I haven’t heard too many spider-inspired hip-hop songs (like ever), but Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s “Black Widow” has definitely crawled into our web-o-verse and is here to stay. The ladies replicate a venomous spider in the song, seeking revenge on a lover who has lost interest.

“You should’ve known better / Than to mess with me, honey / I’m gonna love ya / Like a black widow, baby!” sings Rita.

Iggy has been riding high on the Billboard since “Problem” and “Fancy,” the latter of which was named Billboard’s Song of the Summer. The ladies recently performed “Black Widow” for the MTV Video Music Awards and dropped their Kill Bill inspired music video this week. While the video relies a little too heavily on costumes and beautiful scenery to make an impact (the girls barely sing), it does make a great visual piece. As for the storyline: put-upon waitress seeks revenge on abusive lover is a bit hackneyed. Still, the fantasy of the ladies becoming sword-wielding samurais is fresh! Kudos though for getting bad ass Michael Madsen (from Kill Bill) to play the lover.

Black Widow – Iggy Azalea ft. Rita Ora


As for the song itself, I must admit that Iggy’s first verse is a little weak lyrically and delivery-wise, and falls a bit flat. The second verse gives a bit more Iggy-isms that we all admire: tone and pace flipping, catchy lines:

“You’ve never met nobody / That’ll do you how I do ya / That will bring you to your knees / Praise Jesus hallelujah.”

“Black Widow’s” spare, haunting beat captures the creepy tone of the song. Since the song’s release, it has cracked the top 10 most played pop songs on the radio. As reported on Headline Planet, the song scored 61.28 million audience impressions during the last week!

It’s always inspiring to see a female rap-sung duo become super successful. Looks like Iggy and Rita are weaving their own master web by staying on top of the charts and in the public eye – like a black widow baby.


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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