The Internet may have just uncovered an untold chapter in the Iggy Azalea story -- a song that sounds nothing like her.
In her June 2014 Billboard cover story, Iggy Azalea said she’d been writing raps since the age of 14, long before she topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy.” A recently-leaked video proves she deviated into the world of Britney Spears-influenced dance pop at some point along the way.
Uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 11, the 97-second video for “Nothing Like Me” looks like something we were never meant to see; the film work is low-budget and the vocals strike awkward, sounding unmastered.
Most notable, though, is that this isn’t the hip-hop Iggy we've come to know -- there's no rap at all on “Nothing Like Me.” Instead, she sounds and looks like a Britney Spears devotee shooting for a club-friendly dance banger. In fact, the song itself sounds a good deal like “Womanizer.”
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The video was uploaded by a user named “P O P,” who offers some background in the description:
This music isn't a new song! Is a older song with an label record that Iggy was almost signing. Now, Iggy is at Grand Hustle Records and "Nothing Like Me" music/video has leaked.
This seems to suggest the video and song originated before Iggy signed with T.I.’s Grand Hustle in 2012, though the egregious errors in grammar and syntax raise obvious red flags. For the record, Azalea did have a a major label deal with Interscope unravel before joining the Grand Hustle roster.
Azalea’s team did not immediately respond to a request by Billboard for comment.