Round 1: In July 2010, a not yet world-famous Iggy Azalea tweeted, “lmao at nikki saying she did the bet awards live. errrrr. if you say so girl.” Azalea, a then-20-year-girl from Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia, was living in Los Angeles, trying to get her rap career off the ground, having done brief tours of duty in the rap capitals of Miami, Houston, and Atlanta. Iggy was a relative nobody, taking shots on Twitter at rap’s latest reigning champion, its biggest female megastar in forever.
In 2010, Nicki was promoting Pink Friday, her first studio album, which would eventually go platinum. The first official single, “Your Love,” went to no. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. By the end of 2010, Nicki had set a record by appearing on seven singles charting on the Hot 100 at once. None of them went to no. 1, though, her own “Super Bass” peaking at no. 3. At the end of the year, Nicki was riding the success of “Moment 4 Life,” her duet with Drake.
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