First things first, she's the realest.Iggy Azalea
is an Australian rapper and model. Born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in New South Wales, she began rapping at fourteen, relocated to the United States at the age of sixteen, and stayed on tenuous visa records. She burst into public view with her controversial songs "Pu$$y" and "Two Times", but only recently made it big thanks to "Fancy" and her guest spot on Ariana Grande
's "Problem". Her first album, The New Classic
, was released in April 2014.
- Glory (2012)
- Change Your Life (2013)
- iTunes Festival: London 2013 (2013)
- American Accents: She fakes a Southern American one when she raps. This is probably because, when she moved to the US, she took up residence in cities like Miami, Atlanta, and Houston, which are some of the major cities of Southern rap. Thus, she picked up the techniques and accent of local rappers.
- Boastful Rap: "Fancy"
- "Beg For It" is essentially Fancy's successor.
- Breakup Song: "Black Widow", featuring Rita Ora on the hook.
- The Cameo: Is set to make one in the upcoming Furious 7.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Several of her songs have a slew of F-bombs, as expected from a rapper.
- Coming-of-Age Story: "Work", and really her entire album.
- Eagleland: Views the US as a hard Type 1, believing that America is the only place she could have been successful as rapper and proudly proclaims the American Dream.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Her claim is that she moved to the US to pursue her dream of being a rapper. So naturally she started out as a Britney Spears-esque pop singer. Lets just say, switching to rapping was a very good move on her part.
- Homage: The video for "Fancy" is one to Clueless, starring Iggy herself as Cher Horowitz (and even sporting Cher's famous yellow plaid outfit).
- The video for "Black Widow" could also be a homage to Kill Bill.
- The video for "Change Your Life" is one to Showgirls.
- N-Word Privileges: Subverted. She has said that she thinks it's okay because black people use it.
- Pretty Fly For A White Girl: She uses Indian costumes and dances in the video for "Bounce".
- She's actually faced criticism by people who feel she's unfairly copying the style of black artists without showing proper appreciation and respect for their culture. Azealia Banks has been one of her most vocal critics, and the ensuing beef has done a whole lot to hurt Iggy's image due in no small part to her very poor handling of it.
- Stage Names: Her real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly. She took "Iggy" from the name of her childhood dog and "Azalea" from the street she grew up on.
- Statuesque Stunner: Stands 5'10"/178cm.
- Talky Bookends: In the video for "Black Widow".
- Token White Female Rapper: While other white female rappers exist (White Girl Mob, Brooke Candy, Chanel West Coast, Amanda Blank), they're nowhere near the level of fame Iggy has gotten to, and she's generally the only white female rapper people know.
- Vocal Dissonance: Quite jarring to hear a heavy Australian accent for someone who raps like she does.
- The Whitest Black Guy: Growing up, she was fascinated with American hip-hop culture but being a white girl in rural Australia, she felt out of the loop. Her burning desire to move to America is why she dropped out of high school at age 16 to (at the time, illegally) move to the US in order to pursue her dream of being a rapper.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: In Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Jennifer Lopez's "Booty".