Iggy Azalea

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea would be the first to admit that she’s something of an outsider in the world of rap. As a white girl from rural Australia, raised in the small New South Wales town of Mullumbimby (population: 3,000), how could she not be? It’s appropriate that she’s risen to the status of one of the most promising new MCs in an era when hip-hop has never been more open to artists from a diversity of backgrounds. It also demonstrates that Iggy isn’t just an outsider, though. Iggy has had cosigns not only from King of the South T.I. but rap royalty from Dr. Dre to Snoop Dogg; in 2012, she became the first ever woman to be named to XXL’s Freshman list. Iggy Azalea has succeeded in gaining the respect of the inner circle as well. It’s remarkable to think that, just six years ago, a 16-year-old Iggy touched down in Miami airport, ostensibly for a fortnight’s holiday, but with the intention of escaping Australia for good. She knew just one person in the entire USA.

But in a sense, Iggy’s background is perfect for hip-hop. The drive and the hustle illustrated by that flight to the other side of the world; the toughness and poverty of life in the Australian countryside. “Does being from the country mean I’m a pussy, or soft?” she laughs. “Because the country where I’m from is hard. People there are tough as nails. I wouldn’t fuck with anyone from there. Whether you’re trapped in an inner city or in the middle of fucking nowhere, they’re both really hard to get out of. It breeds hard people, because it’s about the lack of privilege. It’s not the same privileges you’re lacking, of course, but when you’re lacking anything you have to be a fighter.”

Iggy’s love affair with America began at the age of 11, when her grandparents took her on a road trip starting in Los Angeles. “I bought a blue wig on Sunset Strip and I wore it everywhere…I remember seeing the showgirls in Las Vegas and thinking, wow, I wish this was my life,” she remembers. As a teenager, her love of hip-hop – Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Field Mob but most of all 2Pac – deepened this while also isolating her at home. Searching for rap music online, she bonded with another teenager in the Bahamas. “His name was Derek; he was my only friend. We’re still friends to this day. I’d send him rap songs I’d done and say, what do you think? You’re American, your opinion is legit! He really encouraged me.” By the time Iggy had hatched her plan to emigrate, Derek had moved to Miami. “He was literally the only person I knew. So I was like, well, shit…guess I’m just gonna go stay at Derek’s house. I hope he’s not an axe murderer. And he wasn’t. He picked me up from the airport with his friends on 4th of July – I remember it was raining and there were fireworks going off – and that’s who I became friends with.”

To fly across the world to pursue a dream, knowing just one other person: it’s the kind of impulsive act that seems insane to even Iggy herself, looking back. “You’re a kid, so you don’t have any idea how big things are. I was scared, but I was more scared of what would happen if I stayed where I was. It wasn’t just about going somewhere to be a rapper. It was about going somewhere to feel like I could fit in. I was more scared of being unhappy and stuck.”

Rap is about telling stories, and Iggy has stories that have never been told in hip-hop before – and she’s planning to open up about them on her debut album proper, which she’s writing while currently holed up in – of all places – the Welsh countryside. Her musical journey to get to this point has been one of trial and error played out in public: the mixtape which first garnered her mainstream attention, Ignorant Art, was the kind of impressive, raw statement one expects from an unknown with no pressure on her. Since then, collaborations with everyone from Southern rappers to EDM artists have followed as Iggy tried to nail down her sound; the ridiculously catchy single, “Murda Bizness”, demonstrated a growing knack for songcraft – as well as a brilliant Toddlers & Tiaras-themed video, cheekily comparing the cut-throat competition of the rap game to child beauty pageants. Last October, a follow-up mixtape, TrapGold, indicated that she’d found her voice. Almost wholly produced by Diplo, it combines booming, clattering trap production with Iggy sounding more aggressive and confident than ever, both when she rattles off doubletime flow or when she slows it down to menace the listener. “I was so mad and frustrated and angry, that’s why it’s so aggressive,” she explains. “I felt mad at people who’d fucked me over, I was mad about people shitting on me for being on the XXL cover, I’d broken up in my relationship. After I did TrapGold I felt like I’d let it all out. My album will definitely be like that, because I liked the way that made me feel…” To that end, as well as Diplo, producers from Flosstradamus to Bro Safari are sending Iggy beats to work with.

TrapGold also showcases a lot of what makes Iggy so distinct as an artist. In between the shit-talking and gleeful bragging, she sprinkles snippets of interviews with Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and David LaChapelle; as the title of her first mixtape indicated, Iggy is all about combining ignorance and art in a fresh way. As a child, art was another form of escapism alongside rap, instilled in her by her comic book artist father; she tells stories about bonding with Pusha T over their mutual love of Basquiat. But, as she says, in rap “someone can have the best metaphor and someone else could just say, ‘Fuck you, bitch!’ – and people want to hear the second one because of the way it makes you feel inside.” Iggy gravitated towards Southern rap for a reason – “The South doesn’t give a fuck and they have more fun” – and perfected a distinct, uptempo-friendly clipped style of her own. “When you rap fast it almost seems like another language,” she explains. “People can’t understand all of what you’re saying, and it’s cool to me not because you can have bad lyrics but because it becomes about the way you say it and the energy of it all.”

Elaborating on her style, Iggy asserts: “Who cares about real life when it’s so much fun to just say all this stuff? If someone tells me not to go in a room, I’m going to go in that room, and even if there’s nothing in the fucking room I’m going to have so much fun just because you told me not to be here.”

She’s firmly in that room now – and she’s certainly having that fun right now.

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Iggy Azalea Carpools With James Corden On The Late Late Show

James and Iggy Azalea carpool through Los Angeles singing some of her classic songs, and visit a bridal shop to try on wedding dresses ahead of Iggy’s nuptials. Watch it above.

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Iggy Azalea's 'The New Classic' Hits 500,000 Sold And Reaches 'Certified Gold' Status By RIAA

Just over a year since it’s release, Iggy Azalea’s ‘The New Classic’ Hits 500,000 Sold And Reaches ‘Certified Gold’ Status By RIAA. Download #TheNewClassic on iTunes here! http://po.st/TNCdlx

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Iggy Azalea Covers Marie Claire

Alongside Felicity Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Hailee Steinfeld, and Kate Upton, Iggy Azalea joins the group to cover Marie Claire’s Fresh Faces, May 2015 Issue. See a snippet of her interview below, and read more here: http://marie.cl/6004493m On the Internet feeding frenzy over paparazzi photos of her: “I hope women think, Iggy Azalea actually has a…

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Iggy Azalea Performs "Trouble" ft. Jennifer Hudson on American Idol

The duo continues their string of TV performances with “Trouble” on the fourteenth season of American Idol. Watch it above. See the dates of Iggy’s upcoming tour here: http://iggyazalea.com/live Download or stream on Spotify ‘Reclassified’ available now!

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Iggy Azalea Nominated For 12 Billboard Music Awards

Five of the 41 categories were revealed: top artist, top male artist, top female artist, top Billboard 200 album and top Hot 100 song. The rest of the categories will be announced during a press conference hosted by Teigen and Empire star and recording artist Jussie Smollett later Tuesday, which will include a Twitter Q&A…

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Iggy Azalea Covers Vogue And Answers Speedround 73 Question Interview

Iggy Azalea met up with Vogue at her studio in Los Angeles and answered 73 questions about her life today, including how being famous is a total mess, what the biggest misconception is about her, and more. Read the full Vogue article here. Download or stream on Spotify ‘Reclassified’ available now! ray ban 3267 where to…

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Iggy Azalea Nominated For Two Awards At Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

Iggy Azalea is nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ and ‘Favorite Song of the Year’ for “Fancy” ft. Charli XCX at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards airing on March 28th. Vote for her here: http://nick.com/KCA15. Download or stream on Spotify Reclassified available now! hogan online mulberry sale uk mulberry handbag hermes garden party bag ray ban sunglasses…

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Iggy Azalea Interview On 97.1 AMP Radio

Iggy Azalea talks tour postponement, new single with Jennifer Hudson & more with Michelle & Chris Booker. Listen at the YouTube link above. Purchase her album “Reclassified” featuring “Fancy”, “Black Widow”, “Work” and “Trouble” on iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.

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"Trouble" Featuring Jennifer Hudson

Watch Iggy Azalea’s new video for “Trouble” featuring Jennifer Hudson off “Reclassified”. Download “Reclassified” including “Fancy”, “Work” & “Black Widow”, or stream it on Spotify here.

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Iggy Azalea Nominated For Two Kids' Choice Awards

Iggy Azalea is nominated for ‘Favorite Song of the Year’ & ‘New Artist’ at the Kids’ Choice Awards. Vote for her here. Purchase her album “Reclassified” featuring “Fancy”, “Black Widow”, “Work” and “Trouble” on iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.    

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Iggy Azalea Releases Lyric Video For "Trouble" Ft. Jennifer Hudson

Iggy Azalea releases her lyric video for “Trouble” ft. Jennifer Hudson. Watch it above. Purchase her album “Reclassified” featuring “Fancy”, “Black Widow”, “Work” and “Trouble” on iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.

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Watch Iggy Azalea Perform "Trouble" With Jennifer Hudson on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Iggy Azalea Appears in Jimmy Kimmel's #MeanTweets

Check out Iggy Azalea appear in Jimmy Kimmel’s second all-music edition of #MeanTweets. Other features include Josh Groban, Drake, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Jessie J, Blake Shelton, Haim, Wiz Khalifa, Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea, Pitbull, Sia, Childish Gambino, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Jason Aldean, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Katy Perry and Psy. Download her recent…

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Iggy Azalea Wins 2015 People's Choice Awards For Favorite Hip Hop Artist

Congratulations to Iggy Azalea for winning Favorite Hip Hop Artist at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards! Watch her performance of “Beg For It” from the event below. Download her newest album “Reclassified” on iTunes, or stream it on Spotify.

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Iggy Azalea Tops Google's 'Year in Search'

Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Solange Knowles. Azalea was also the fourth most-searched person in the…

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Iggy Azalea Announces "The Great Escape" Tour

After igniting a twitter frenzy following her arena tour announcement, the official dates for Grammy-nominated Iggy Azalea’s The Great Escape Tour, presented by AEG Live, have been announced. One of the most-anticipated tours of the year, the Great Escape Tour will travel across North America, beginning April 14 in Fresno, CA and make stops in…

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Iggy Azalea Covers Billboard's Year In Music Issue

Iggy Azalea covers Billboard’s Year in Music Issue, along side Sam Smith, Charli XCX, and more. Catch the full article here. Watch the cover shoot, with an appearance by Def Jam CEO, Steve Bartles, below:

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Iggy Azalea and Logic Top iTunes Best of 2014 List

Congratulations to Iggy Azalea for being awarding Best Song for “Fancy” and Logic with Hip Hop/Rap Album for “Under Pressure” by iTunes Best of 2014 List! Download Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” here. Download Logic’s “Under Pressure” here. Check out the other winners here.

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Iggy Azalea Performs "Fancy" and "Beg For It" at 2014 American Music Awards

In case you missed the live action on TV last night, check out Iggy Azalea’s performance of “Fancy” and “Beg For It” at the 2014 American Music Awards! Iggy Azalea “Reclassified” Available Everywhere Now!

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"Beg For It" ft. M0 (Lyric Video)

Watch the official lyric video for Iggy Azalea’s “Beg For It” featuring M0. “Reclassified” available everywhere now.

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Download Iggy Azalea's "Reclassified" Available Everywhere Now!

Download Iggy Azalea’s new album “Reclassified”, featuring “Fancy”, “Black Widow”, “Work” and the new smash “Beg For It”. Available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Now! Click here to download: http://smarturl.it/reclassified

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Download Iggy Azalea's New Single "Iggy Szn" Now!

Download Iggy Azalea’s “Iggy Szn”, available on Google Play Now: http://smarturl.it/gIggySZN Listen to “Iggy Szn” now on Spotify: Also get “Iggy Szn” instantly when you pre-order “Reclassified” on iTunes now http://smarturl.it/reclassified Iggy Azalea “Reclassified” Available Everywhere 11/24!

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Iggy Azalea Performs on Saturday Night Live

Check out Iggy Azalea’s performance on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live! “Fancy/Black Widow ft. Rita Ora” “Beg For It” Pre-order “Reclassified” on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/iReclassified Download “Beg For It” on Google Play here: http://smarturl.it/gBegForIt Iggy Azalea “Reclassified” Available Everywhere November 24th!

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