Iggy Azalea at Reggie’s Rock Club | Concert preview
Australian T.I. protégé Iggy Azalea has much to overcome to make it in the rap game. So she scraps harder.
Iggy Azalea is white, a woman and Australian. She raps in a heavy Southern accent—as if she were from Jaw-ja, not New South Wales. The 22-year-old has a steep freaking hike to the mountaintop of rap credibility. So instead she’s choosing to stay low in the valley, where a river of cognac flows through the stripper-pole forest.
Azalea does have some roots in the American South. She left Sydney in 2007 and moved to Miami with hopes of attending audio engineering school. Nobody wanted to produce her, so she figured she’d teach herself. That didn’t happen. She spent a year in Houston before settling in Atlanta, where she drew the attention of her mentor, T.I.
All of this makes for an interesting back story for a rapper. And let’s face it, popular hip-hop is more about creating a cool comic-book character than writing poetry. Her debut mix-tape is about nothing but popping pills and pussy, yet it is calculatingly stupid. She called it Ignorant Art.
There is more head scratching than turntable work. The metaphors are clunky. She inexplicably compares her genitals to Skittles and spits out clunky hashtag raps like, “Shut ’em down. Computers,” or, “Give me head. Abe Lincoln.” The beats come heavy on the booty claps and bass.
Her greatest asset is her persistence. In a tight ponytail and stilettos, Azalea works hard to win you over. Fellow newcomer Azealia Banks is already trying to start some petty beef. Hey, at least we’re getting to the point where there can be female rivalries in hip-hop that do not include Lil’ Kim.