Hi just a huge Iggy fan looking for stuff on her on Google and I came across this blog. I love it and I totally love all the stuff you have posted but then I noticed you just drag other artists. I think if you are representing someone in the public eye you shouldn't be so gaudy and.. mean spirited. It looks really bad on her behalf. People look at this stuff more than you think. This is a nice blog but the negativity and hatred is so uncalled for and a REALLY huge turn off. Sorry.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I made this blog for Iggy. To support her and i won’t let anyone disrespect her. That’s my girl and if i feel like sticking up for her and saying what I wanna say, I’m entitled to do so.
Iggy Azalea Talks Rye Rye Collaboration, T.I.'s Lessons & Her 'Taylor Swift Moment'
Iggy Azalea hasn’t gotten used to being famous yet. Over the last six months, the Aussie rapper has gone from Internet star to having all of hip-hop’s ears turned in her direction. Cutting her teeth in Atlanta before heading to L.A., Azalea , born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, fell in love with rap at age 11, after hearing Tupac’s song “Baby Don’t Cry.” Three years later, she started rapping and moved to the states before she was 21.
Like many up-and-coming rhymers, Azalea started posting her music on YouTube, and amassed a solid fan following. Among the tracks that garnered her the most hits was the sexually explicit, bass heavy track “Pu$$y.” Out the gate, Azalea’s aggressive flow, with a hint of a southern accent, is the last thing one would expect from a platinum blonde white girl from down under. But maybe that’s why she’s so appealing. Although hip-hop has no race requirements, there’s no denying that the number of successful white rappers are few and far between. In the last year alone, a handful of white female rappers have emerged, namely Kreayshawn, her sidekick V-Nasty, K-Flay and Azalea herself, who are bending rules when it comes to what rappers can both look and sound like.
By the end of 2011, Azalea’s digital buzz landed her in the middle of a bidding war between Def Jam and Interscope Records. In the end, the latter label won her over, while T.I. also signed her to his Grand Hustle imprint. Yet being in the bright glare of the media also turned her into a target. After becoming the first woman to adorn XXL’s coveted 2012 Freshman Class cover, Azalea was called out by fellow rap newcomer Azealia Banks, who pegged her as a racist. Banks opened the floodgates to a tidal wave of criticism which, at its peak, found Grand Hustle’s newest star clarifying, then apologizing for using the term “runaway slave master” on the track, “D.R.U.G.S.”
Now that all the chatter has died down, Azalea has been quietly spending time in the studio in Atlanta, only coming out to respond to other female rappers who can’t seem to stop blasting her. The latest, Eve, admitted that she “can’t really f—- with her music,” and questioned the authenticity of her look. With what could have blown up into a unnecessary beef averted, Azalea remains less focused on her would-be competitors and more interested in making good music. Her forthcoming debut LP, The New Classic, which she describes as “a little bit of bragging and a little bit of complaining,” is among the most anticipated records in the game. With T.I.’s endorsement, the rest of the year will be about Azalea putting out a record which she hopes will live up to its name, and who knows, maybe it’ll win over some of her opponents in the process.
Read on as she gives details on her collaboration with rapper Rye Rye, the lessons T.I. has taught her and explains why she felt a little bit like Taylor Swift not too long ago.
Have the last few months felt like a whirlwind?
In some respects. I think that it doesn’t seem so crazy until you look at it in retrospect, and it’s like, “Wow, things are actually moving pretty quick,” you know what I mean. I feel like most of the days I’m just in Atlanta recording so it doesn’t seem that fast, but then I look at the platform changing, and the things I’m doing that keep being more legit, and I start to realize “This is going pretty quick!”
You mentioned being in the studio. Can you tell me about the sound of the records you’re making?
God, they’re so extreme. Some stuff is very base-driven, stripped down, more southern-sounding. Then other stuff is more mood and closer to my ignorant [side]. I kind of like have two different zones. It’s ratchet, then introspective, I guess [laughs]. Those are the two sounds, and I’m trying to glue all the things together, and find things that will make it cohesive. I got all my singles and stuff picked out, all the big records that really matter are done. Now it’s just trying to find the glue to stick it all together.
Why did you choose “Murda Bizness” as your first single?
Just because I think it’s a fun record. I always like to start things off pretty lighthearted. I did that with “Pu$$y” too — something you can kind of dance to a little bit. I feel like you can dance to that thing. I don’t know, I do! I don’t like to come in like, “I’m super serious.” I don’t think people take me that seriously. I don’t wanna come out and be talking about something crazy like abortions or something, and people think, “Whoa! What is her record going to be like?” Of course I have those serious records, but I just wanted it to be more fun and lighthearted.
What other songs off The New Classic can you give me the scoop on?
It’s hard to give specific details for what’s going on the album. I really haven’t picked what will go on the album and what I might just put out, but I did do a song with Trey Songz [“Waste It All”] that’s kind of unexpected. The beat, and the way he sings, it’s kind of different [from] his regular style. I’m going to put that out, probably before the album. I met with Cee Lo [Green] the other day; I love his voice. I really want to find something that he can be involved with, probably for the album. [There are] a few other people that are in the works, but I’m not sure if they’ll make the album or what we’ll do with it. It’s really hard to say when you don’t have all the elements of a record done. I don’t know what’s going to keep the storyline of the record, and what I can keep.
What have you learned from being around T.I.?
Probably how to be a calmer person. Having been incarcerated and [going] through all the things he’s gone through, it takes so much to get T.I.'s blood boiling. I feel like some days it takes just the smallest little pinch to get mine all the way at 100 degrees! Being around him and seeing how he's so unfazed by it all, I really like that about him. It's so easy to become an angry person with all the things that you feel are misprinted or misunderstood, and he's one of the happiest people I know. Just watching how he deals with it all is teaching me how not to be affected by that kind of stuff.
Do you feel like the “slave master” lyric being misconstrued affected the way you felt about the media?
Yeah, it affected it a lot. It was just a big arrow in my heart. There have been a few things, not just that. There have been a few things, as well as personal stuff, that annoys you the most, because those are the things that are closest to your heart. I felt wronged by the media because I always did my [best] to befriend you guys. Everybody would always say, “Be careful of them,” and I would say, “They’re not all bad.” Then things like that [the “slave master” controversy] would happen, and it made me feel so burnt by them.
When the XXL cover came out I saw how everything changed for you, in one day. I can only imagine how it was for you to go through that.
It was frustrating because I felt like that was supposed to be a poignant moment for me and it got taken away. I kind of felt like Taylor Swift and Kanye West and I was Taylor Swift. I felt like this is supposed to be my moment, this is my great achievement, it’s great for me and it’s great for my country, it’s great for women, and I felt like it got stolen from me in a sense. It was supposed to be a happy day and it got twisted around, and it disappointed me, and annoyed me because I had been anticipating that [cover] coming out as a celebration, and it really turned into the opposite. It was just mudslinging, and I felt disappointed by the whole thing. But I’ll have other moments, and they will be mine. I’ll make sure of it.
Being that you were the first woman to get that cover, who are some of the female rappers you look up to?
I love Missy Elliott. I say it all the time. She’s my No. 1 female. She’s a writer, she has the crazy videos, she just does her own thing. She pulls her own as a singer, a rapper, everything. She’s one of the greatest girls ever, and I love her.
What do have to say about the lack of unity among female rappers?
I don’t know because I don’t think I’m the one that does it. I can’t help what other people say. I think it sucks because a lot of times these girls, I like [their] music, but I feel like a lot of times [with] stuff like that it’s going to be both of the people that are getting a bad rap. But I’m not the one starting this stuff. I’ll never understand it.
Me and [Interscope Records artist] Rye Rye, we’re doing a record together. She hit me up and was like, “Hey what do you think?” and I was like, “You know what? I would love to do this record with you.” It’s not enough records like that, it just doesn’t happen. I just think there’s a lack of respect in general. You don’t even have to do collaborations [with other female rappers, but] I don’t understand why it’s so hard to keep your mouth closed about things.
Well, you’ll have the opportunity to prove everybody wrong with your album.
I mean at the end of the day, if an artist dislikes me, I don’t mind because the artists aren’t fans. An artist isn’t going to buy 100 records, or even by a ticket to my show, so it’s not something that annoys me so much. Fans will like what they want. Me disliking someone, or them disliking me, it doesn’t stop a fan from liking what they’re gonna like. That’s just how it is. You [other female rappers] don’t stop the checks, you don’t create the checks. I currently do that for me. If you’re going to be mad, be mad with the checks [laughs].
“What makes something classic is when you hear it and you have that moment that is a time capsule, and you can remember what you were doing. When I say The New Classic, I just want to make records that give you that moment for fans that they can remember where they were when they heard it.”—Iggy Azalea
After signing with Interscope, rapper tells MTV News, she decided she wants T.I.’s label to be ‘a permanent fixture in my career.’
Iggy Azalea’s fall 2011 mixtape, Ignorant Art, drew so much attention that by January she’d already inked a deal wit Interscope Records. A month later, however, T.I. announced that she had also signed to Grand Hustle records, causing a bit of confusion. Although it was an usual situation, Azalea says her deal was restructured to create an ideal contract.
"I didn’t know I was gonna sign to Grand Hustle," Azalea told MTV News, explaining how she managed to stick with both imprints. "There’s no way I thought that would happen. Not because I didn’t like them, just because my deal was all sewn up, and I restructured the whole thing."
The 21-year-old Australian rapper revealed that Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine was “cool with it,” helping her tailor a new deal that pleased all parties involved. “[Jimmy] likes Tip, and they’re good friends, so it worked out,” she explained. “But it made everybody so confused, because everyone was like, ‘I thought she was signed to Interscope; Grand Hustle is with Atlantic.’ “
Iggy said she pushed for the deal to be amended because she had such natural chemistry with the Atlanta rapper and his team. “I love everyone at Grand Hustle — not just [T.I.],” she shared. “Initially, I wanted to work with him … because of him, but once I got to Atlanta and I met all of them, I was like, ‘Man, I feel so comfortable with all these people and I really want them to all be involved and not just for one album but for the long run.’
"You always hear stories of labels trying to break things up and things changing, and I just wanted to make sure I had a structured business deal where that was not able to happen," she concluded. "So that’s why I asked for it to be restructured and for Grand Hustle to be involved and be a permanent fixture in my career."
Iggy Azalea’s debut album, The New Classic, is tentatively scheduled to drop this summer.
1. let me say ever since i fell in love w. Iggy i've been stalking your blog. and 2. is she really dating A$AP .? Lol i feel like im late on the answer but O well if she is i'd just die. they'd be perfect together
1. Thank You! lol :)
2. I normally don’t get into her personal life but, here’s your answer lol
What is your opinion on Azealia Banks? She seems to live up to the "rude bitch" comment she made about herself on her only best known song...
You know what ……. that bitch is about as irrelevant as dog shit on the ground. I could care less about her and i can promise you Iggy aint checkin for her. Iggy is to busy makin her $$$$ to worry about what that wack bitch gotta say. If she aint sweatin her, neither will I.
Before sitting down with us for an interview, Australia-born rapper Iggy Azalea had a few concerns.
“As long as it’s not about fighting, who I am having sex with or if I’m racist,” Azalea, who recently inked a deal with Interscope and is also signed with T.I.’s Grand Hustle label, told us before the first question was raised.
Iggy did eventually open up about everything except the fighting, despite her early apprehensions, but such cautions are commonplace for the 21-year-old.
Six years ago, the girl who developed her stage moniker by combining the name of the family dog and the name of her street, landed in the States with hopes of finding a career in rap music and the hip-hop culture she so loved.
With a healthy dose of Tupac, OutKast and Missy Elliot, the girl from small-town New South Wales was ready for the big stage.
In the years since arriving in Miami and sharing a love of rap with her Jamaican neighbors, Iggy has been busy. She has released a well-received mix tape, “Ignorant Art”; made XXL magazine’s coveted Freshmen cover; is said to be dating “it” rapper ASAP Rocky; and has been in a war of words with Harlem rapper Azealia Banks over her alleged racist opening line for the single, “D.R.U.G.S.”
Not to mention that before the T.I.–assisted “Murda Bizness,” her most popular song was the blatantly titled “P***y.”
Both hailed and praised for her sexual audacity and a look that seems to combine elements of Britney Spears, Kid Sister and Nicole Kidman, Iggy seems to be that new artist everyone loves to hate. With her debut album, “The New Classic,” slated for June release, Iggy sat down with CNN to talk about culture shock, the seeming obsession with her body, and how T.I. helps her keep her cool.
CNN: When I think Australia, I think Kylie Minogue and Keith Urban. Where does rap come into play?
Iggy Azalea: There’s a small culture, and there are other Australian artists that rap that are popular in Australia, but they don’t make it over here - yet (laughs).
Growing up nobody liked the style of music [I liked]. I always felt really alone because no one wanted to talk about the things that I enjoyed, and that was really rap music and hip-hop as a culture. You know, having the shoes, using the words, buying the magazines, seeing the videos. And I had nobody to share it with, so I feel like I lived a lot online.
CNN: You started rapping at 15 in Australia, and people weren’t immediately feeling it…
Azalea: Yea, throwing the boos!
CNN: So what was it that kept you going?
Azalea: The boos – to be honest – didn’t really throw me off as much as they would have if maybe they came from [the United States] or somewhere where it was actually a popular thing, because I always thought to myself, “You guys don’t know what you’re talking about. You don’t even like this stuff! I’m great!” (Laughs)
I wasn’t great – I was terrible! I think you’ve just got to have a belief in yourself and try to believe that you can do better and change minds. There’s a billion crazy people that can’t sing or dance out there jiggling around – you see them all the time on those TV shows, and I was definitely one of them.
CNN: A lot of people when you signed with T.I.’s Grand Hustle were like, “Really?!”
Azalea: Because people think of T.I. as T.I. the artist, they don’t think of T.I. as T.I. the producer or the person getting it done.
When you think of T.I., you think of his brand, not my brand, and you try to associate his brand with mine – [but] that’s not what I have him for. He’s not there to make my songs for me, he’s there to help me make my music and help me with what I want to create and connect the dots because I don’t have the same outreach as him.
He has so much great advice, I’m a hothead and he’ll be like, “Listen!”
CNN: What makes you a hothead?
Azalea: I’m an impulsive person and sometimes I get so worked up so quick, and he’ll say, “Hey, that stuff does not matter! Let’s go eat steaks.”
I just think it’s really good having somebody like T.I. around, because, you know, obviously he was incarcerated and he’s been through so much stuff and he’s really such a calm, well thought out man now. He says to me the other day, “Unless it’s worth having gunfights, somebody dying over [it] – I just don’t care. And there’s not a lot of things that are worth that anymore.”
CNN: Some argue that in your lyrics you use sex as a weapon, while others argue it’s a gimmick. Your response?
Azalea: I think you can say anybody uses anything as a gimmick. Is Adele’s not having gimmicks her gimmick? It’s hard to say, isn’t it?
Really, I think that everybody has something that people like or that’s great about them. Is [the fact] that Chris Brown can dance his gimmick? I like to talk about sex. I’m a woman in a male-dominated industry, and this really big part of my life is having to deal with all those types of things. What’s sexy, what’s demeaning, what they want you to be, what the media wants you to be, what’s OK, what’s not, what people think you owe them to be sexy. It’s something that I think about a lot.
I don’t think, “Oh I want to put my vagina on a plate so I can sell you something.” It’s a big part of everybody’s existence, but especially in this industry. It’s hard to ignore it.
CNN: How have you seen race handled here as an artist as opposed to home?
Azalea: People get … emotional much more than they do in my country. And I’m not saying it’s to a fault because it’s your culture and it’s different. You have a different history. I think you guys love to label things with race, and I’m not used to that being where I’m from.
It’s different, it’s weird to say, “She’s a white rapper or she can’t do this because she’s this color – this color does THIS thing. These are the boxes we have, this is what it is, don’t try to change it.” And it’s crazy to me because I’m just not from that world, so I can’t really rock with it all the way. I said on Twitter the other day, “I’m cotton, you’re cashmere.” And they’re like “Don’t say cotton!” I was like, “Whoa! Cotton is a racist plant?!”
CNN: Do your parents listen to your music?
Azalea: Yeah! My dad says “P***y” is my best work to date!
CNN: If you met someone for the first time and they asked what you do…
Azalea: Usually they’ll Google me and there will be a big picture of my butt. I hate it!
CNN: Why do you think people obsess over whom you’re dating, your body and everything outside of your music? Is American celebrity hard to deal with?
Azalea: I like celebrities and artists, too, and I like more than just their music – there’s a whole package. There are a lot of people out there with good music but they’re missing other elements, so I don’t get mad. Some of the personal stuff is a little bit weird, because you start to think, “What do I get to keep for me?”
In terms of my butt, it comes with it. If you like those things more than you like my music, I don’t mind as long as you look at it actively.
CNN: What’s that tattoo on your arm say?
Azalea: “Trust your struggle.”
CNN: What’s the significance of that? What’s your struggle?
Azalea: I got that tattoo maybe a year and a half ago now. It just means that you’ve got to kind of have faith in all the roadblocks that you come up against while you’re trying to reach your goal because there’s so many, and sometimes it just feels like it’s never-ending, and that’s how I felt when I got that tattoo.
I just felt like I wanted to pack it in and give up but you’ve just got to keep persevering and trust that all the little things are just going to make you better. And that’s what it’s for, just to remind me when I’m having a bad day, “Don’t give up!”
Iggy Azalea’s “Murda Bizness” Video Set To Premiere in May
The Australian rapper tells XXLMag.com that the in-studio video for the track that appeared on the net last week isn’t the final version…
An in-studio video for Iggy Azalea’s “Murda Bizness” featuring T.I. dropped a couple of days ago, but Iggy insists it isn’t the official clip for the track. In fact, the “My World” rapper clarified to XXLMag.com last week during the 2012 Freshmen Live Tour stop in New York City that the real version of the video is being shot in a couple of days and will drop during the first week of May.
“The real video is getting filmed in like 10 days,” she said. “I’m a perfectionist, so, that first video is not my final work.”
Iggy also revealed that she will be releasing a second single in June and “hopefully, end of July, we’ll put my album [The New Classic] out and I’ll be touring.”
The leggy rapstress recently addressed not-so-positive comments made about her by other female MCs, including Eve and newbie Azealia Banks. She told XXL, “I like Eve. Everybody is different, everybody hasn’t lived out of the box and for you to even know if it’s real, you have to kind of be an out-the-box person or somebody who likes something they’re not supposed to [like]. A girl like her that raps is expected, so, how could you understand something so different?
“I’m not mad at [Eve] for not understanding it,” she continued. “How could you if you’ve never been ostracized or loved something you weren’t suppose to love? Everything you’ve loved you’re allowed to love, so, how could you understand me? Thus, how could you know if it’s real? I used to be like, ‘It is real, let me prove it to you. Now, I don’t care if you think it’s real or not because it’s what I love, it’s my life. I don’t put my story all out there for you because I don’t need to put my story out there and prove it. I don’t give a fuck if you think I am or not ’cause that girl in the crowd understand it and that’s who it’s for, if you don’t then it’s not for you.”
The response came after Eve questioned Iggy’s authenticity, saying she isn’t “really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I really can’t fuck with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.” Eve statement came during an interview with The Women of Hip-Hop that appeared on the net earlier this month.
And when asked about Banks disapproval of her as an XXL Freshman, The Australian spitter dismisses the entire thing.
“Females are competitive like that and that’s how it is,” she said matter-of-factly. “I’m sure if I was the best sprinter in the world, all the other sprinters would hate me and I would hate them, too. It’s the same thing— it’s competition, it’s women. I don’t take offense to it. I don’t wake up thinking about another woman. I think about what I am going to do to make sure my career has longevity because that’s my only job. I just think about that, not who can be doing my job better than me —no one can, because I’m the only one that can be me and they’re the only ones who can be them.” —Mariel Concepcion
Quote Of The Day: Iggy Azalea Says That Kanye West Wanted To Sign Her
"I haven’t worked with him but I met him. He actually invited me to be in his "Niggas In Paris" video, which I didn’t get to do because I had a flight to New York that day. But I met him and we had a conversation and he wanted me to be in it. He’s doing this new label, I’m sure you saw him tweet about it… he wanted me to become involved in all of that [and] I think his idea is completely genius but for me I think I want more of a traditional structure. I don’t wanna be a guinea pig."I think his idea is great but any great blueprint has its kinks. And you don’t know what they are and you can’t anticipate them. His company will have kinks too and he will figure them out. I just wanna be in one that’s smooth and with people that are on the business side of things [and done it] a million times. I’ll take care of the creative side of things. Let me do that, you handle the business shit, you know what I mean? I think the concept is genius but for me right now I just want more of a traditional structure." - Iggy Azalea, on why she chose not to partner with Kanye West
How do you guys feel about what eve said about Iggy? I cant help feeling some type of way knowing that Iggy shouted her out in Treasure Island.
I normally don’t address the BS but i was really pissed off. I hate the fact that some females just can’t be happy for the next. She’s making her $$ and doing her thing why can’t some ppl just respect that? Eve, that azalea banks bitch, and that other bitch Khia can all be flops together. At the end of the day Iggy is about to blow up BIG and they can stay mad. End of story.