Iggy Azalea says fellow rappers like Kanye West have no problem with her style

The Australian star has been criticised by some fans of the genre for not being authentic - her rhyming voice is different to her speaking one - but she insisted none of her contemporaries could have foreseen the abuse she has received.

She said: ''It would have been hard for [Kanye West] to fathom that anyone would want to have such a conversation with me.

''He is embedded in this world, he is not looking in on it from the outside.

''You know, I just read the Keith Richards autobiography and I thought it was so interesting when he pointed out that no American blues musicians ever accused the Rolling Stones of ''imitating'' their sound - but people were writing that stuff about them back in England.''

Iggy has come under similar criticism, and she has pointed out that - in the exact same way - it hasn't been her fellow musicians who have been the ones attacking her.

She told The Observer newspaper's New Review: ''You know the funny thing, I have never had any musician tell me that I wasn't authentic for being white and Australian. Not one.

''Even I had a warped perception of how I would be received in this business.

''What I've come to realise is that it's the people who write about the music - or who are outside it in some way - who have a problem with what I am doing. The only true insiders are the musicians themselves.''