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Did Iggy Azalea Have a Britney Spears-Esque Pop Star Past?

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By Kevin Rutherford

Who knows what to think anymore.

Iggy Azalea was touted in 2011 as one of the next big things in rap, having started her craft at the age of 14. Not bad for a white female from Australia who moved to the U.S. in 2006.

But things weren’t always as good for Azalea as they are now, with 2014’s song of the summer in “Fancy” and another single, “Black Widow,” slowly climbing the charts. She went unsigned at first, but had brief management from Interscope Records. Eventually, she was signed by T.I.’s Grand Hustle and, eventually, Island in the U.S.

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But what happened before that, even before songs like “Pu$$y” and “My World” made the rounds?

If a just-uploaded video is to be believed, some sort of Britney Spears-esque pop career.

The new clip certainly features Azalea in never-bef0re-seen music video footage, but it’s the audio that comes into question. The song, “Nothing Like Me,” features the rapper laying down no raps at all, instead opting for a thin singing voice somewhat in Spears’ vein.

Is it real or not? It’s tough to say; while the audio and video line up without much issue, the genre definitely raises questions since it was thought that Azalea jumped straight into hip-hop with no other musical diversions along the way. The timeline of the video — mostly when it was shot — is also unknown. The description merely notes that the song was from a project with another label with whom Azalea was close to signing.

However, comments on the YouTube video seem to indicate the video has been up before — and was later taken down, for whatever reason.

If that’s the case, take a look before it’s down again and decide for yourself on its veracity, until more information is available.

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