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Iggy Azalea Gets DAZED, DISHES ON STEREOTYPES In The Rap Game & Why It's Hard Being A Female MC

Australian born rapper Iggy Azalea is making waves (and trending topics) for both her provacative lyrics and her lily white looks amongst the rough Grand Hustle crew.  And in the April issue of DAZED, Iggy addresses people's preconceived notions about white rappers, female MCs, and other stereotypes affecting her music.  

 

See article highlights and check out her latest "I Think She Ready" shoppable video with FKI and Diplo.

It's not easy being a single white female.....at least not in the rap game.  In the latest issue of DAZED, Interscope artist, Iggy Azalea, chronicles her rise from rural Australia to being a part of T.I.'s crew.  She also discusses being taken seriously and how she blends fashion and art.  

Here are some highlights:

On falling in love with American rap and hip hop:

Iggy Azalea: I heard a Tupac song at a friend’s house down the street and it all really started from there. There was something about it that truly touched me. From that day, I got every video, album and magazine related to hip-hop that I could get my hands on. I was obsessed.

On how her fashion sense and love of music meet:

Iggy Azalea:  I used to wear Timberland boots and boy jeans because I wanted to dress in a way that would make people would look at me and be able to tell what style of music I liked. Although, as I grew older, I gradually stopped caring if I looked or sounded the way a rapper is 'supposed' to sound; then the high heels, skirts and Vogue magazines became a staple in my life again.

On being a white rap artist in Sydney:  

Iggy Azalea: Being a teenage white girl didn't make me stand out as much as you'd imagine - Australia has a lot of white kids in it! There weren’t too many girls on the mic but there were definitely a lot of girls at the events because it was a cool place to hang out; and a place to meet boys and look cute. I always felt in my heart that I was a champion, so hearing boo's from a crowd just made me want to prove them all wrong and get better.

On being a woman in the rap game:

Iggy Azalea: Race to me is a low blow that people just use when they have nothing real to hate on. To me, being a woman is the biggest hindrance; a lot of people don't want to see a woman on the mic, just like they don't want to see a woman play an electric guitar. There are a million and one things that I go through as a woman and as a human being that we can all relate to, and colour is just an extremely small thing to me. I have to view it that way if I want the rest of the world to take on that mind frame too.

On being stereotyped for her "appearance":

Iggy Azalea: There are a million and one stereotypes people try to put on me every day. How a woman should act, how an Australian should act, how a white person should act, what ‘real rap’ is, what we consider to be beautiful. I’m blind to them all in my creative process. A stereotype should never hinder art if you’re brave about it, and I try to be.

On referencing Basquiat on her Ignorant Art mixtape:

Iggy Azalea: Yeah, the cover and title for my mixtape is a reference to Basquiat, who's an artist and personality I find really interesting. I think he really just did whatever he wanted in a time and place when people tried to stereotype what a 'black' artist should or should not be, or even what 'good art' should be. He just did his own thing, and I love that.

More pics from the DAZED spread:

 

 

Also, Iggy just dropped the first-ever interactive shoppable music video for FKI's “I Think She Ready.” The video (which also features Diplo) was shot in LA by Alex 2Tone and styled by SSENSE. Every item featured is available to purchase directly through the video.

  

Watch "I Think She Ready" here:

 

Photographer Columbine Goldsmith / Stylist Janelle Walker / Make-up Alejandra Hernandez

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bitch please.......ugly thirsty blood suckin vampire.
BOSSLADY's picture

IDC she's HOT and im sick of

IDC she's HOT and im sick of NICKI being the only female MC soooooo big ups to the IGGY AZALEA akaTHICK MISS aka IGGY WHO DO IT BIGGY!!!! lol she give me life
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Music is universal didnt u

Music is universal didnt u know? I love her shes got flow style n CLASS which is something alot of artists and people on this site lack
Anonymous's picture

So why do you visit this

So why do you visit this site????? You so fancy...lol
Sassy's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty faced ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

IGGY has a right to be here

IGGY has a right to be here just like any other female rapper. I think Nicki is the BEST but IGGY is making a name for herself it appears and she has TI behind her if that matters to anyone. It does not matter to me but she does have a right to be on YBF and if you want to attack her there are other things to discuss outside of her RACE. I don't see any talent and she is a 100% gimmick but that is another story. What I'm not going to do is attack her on the grounds of race. That is DUMB!
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I miss something i the

I miss something i the article is she being compared to NICKI????
Sassy's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her trailer trash non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

Forreal like who the fukk is

Forreal like who the fukk is this bitch? I only ever see her pasty ass on this site! I refuse to take this hoe serious. She seems hella fake. Her pasty non rapping ass needs to have a row seats.
Anonymous's picture

I could care less about race,

I could care less about race, Eminem is one the greatest ever imo. Lil Kim where you at? If you really wanted to make a comeback the door is sitting WIDE OPEN. WIDE OPEN, not just for Kim but another chick to enter the game...and nothing. Before Nicki dropped, she was everywhere! On all the hot jams. These other chicks ain't hustling.
Artemis's picture

Your Opinion Everyone has

Your Opinion Everyone has ONE!!!
Sassy's picture

People of color has always

People of color has always had open arms to all races. But do we can the same respect? NO! I will not be purchasing any of her music. Do you BOO!
Sassy's picture

Exactly!!! If she would said

Exactly!!! If she would said she's a "new-age Hitler", you think Jews would be welcoming her with open arms? She would've been put on the first flight home, and her career would be over. Coons are always welcoming people with open arms and don't care if that person respects them.
Anonymous's picture

I have nothing against iggy

I have nothing against iggy she just tryna live out dream just like the other rappers and most of u, if dnt like her then dnt like her bcuz ur not feeln her music, most of u on here sound racist, so wut she on this site, if it was some other race was talkn mess about a black person u all would b on here playn the race card, so chill out its really not that serious, and for those of u who dnt like my grammar kis my *bleep* ;)
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This bitch is NAWT YOUNG

This bitch is NAWT YOUNG BLACK or FABULOUS... Take that wack shit back down under biiiiiiitch!
Anonymous's picture

This bitch is NAWT YOUNG

This bitch is NAWT YOUNG BLACK or FABULOUS... Take that wack shit back down under biiiiiiitch!
Anonymous's picture

BYE at this trailor trash

BYE at this trailor trash lookin hoe
Anonymous's picture

It's spelled "Trailer" DUMMY!

It's spelled "Trailer" DUMMY!
FuriouS StyleS™®'s picture

I'm sure it was a TYPO.... I

I'm sure it was a TYPO.... I know you are perfect & never misspelled anything. There is a SPELLING BEE in D.C. next week. lol BIG DUMMIE WOULD have been cuter is that a word.
Sassy's picture

and you would know cuz yall

and you would know cuz yall from the same mobile home park BITCH
Anonymous's picture

its sad when people limit

its sad when people limit themselves to color---Young Black and Fab covers all tones of black people---even the whites kids too...i mean we all come from africa? so show some love cuz we human beings and we all bleed red at the end of the day and the world is much bigger than a small minds that keep...asking what does the B mean? Seriously get over yourselves and try participating in the 21st century. --onelove :)
Anonymous's picture

It is sad but still true

It is sad but still true RACE..... BLACK POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sassy's picture

''Young Black and Fab covers

''Young Black and Fab covers all tones of black people---even the whites kids too...i mean we all come from africa?''Whatever with that BS try and tell some white people that or George Zimmerman family. This is the problem with black you've been sitting yo fatzz so long not demanding respect and you think it'll be handed to you. You're getting incarcerated injustly left and right, put to death for crimes you haven't committed. Some of you ignorant still think you're being treated equally and your skin color doesn't matter then it hits you. Just today I saw on the news that a French magazine don't put black models on their covers bcs white people don't buy magazines when a black person is at the front. O you go and tell those people that 'we all bleed red' gtfo it's time black people accept that your skin color will always matter and stop buying into this racial equality BS
anonymous's picture

Hate is never conquered by

Hate is never conquered by hate, Hate is only conquered by love--- The Buddha
Anonymous's picture

Hate is never conquered by

Hate is never conquered by hate, Hate is only conquered by love--- The Buddha
Anonymous's picture

Hate is never conquered by

Hate is never conquered by hate, Hate is only conquered by love--- The Buddha
Anonymous's picture

Wow, yall asses are mad

Wow, yall asses are mad because this chick is on this site. Get the fuck over it!
Truth.com's picture

The is a BLOG your on. New

The is a BLOG your on. New FLASH everyone is not going to agree with everything. So there is nothing to get over.
Sassy's picture

SMH Robin thickie is always

SMH Robin thickie is always on this site so why can't YBF write articles about Iggy? Stop being ignorant. Iggy is a good artist and she's blowing up right now doing music with T.I..etc. She'll most likely be a big star. BTW she's very pretty
Anonymous's picture

Also, you know what is really

Also, you know what is really interesting? People on this blog are so quick to attack Iggy for her "slave-master" comment but when Black Male Rappers degrade women and each other you never hear people get so bent out of shape as to suggest why is Lil Wayne here? Or why is Tyga here? Or Why is Kanye West here? People are so "selective" in what they find "outrageous." This reminds me of the Trayvon Martin situation. People are ready to take to the streets and protest when Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin (rightly so) but when so many young African American males are being killed by OTHER young African American males there is not the same outrage or level or protests? Or when Black Male rappers call Black women all types of vile names....where is the outrage over that? If I had money for every time a WOMAN on this blog made an excuse for an Entertainer who was exploits women I could start a scholarship. People are so full of it.
FuriouS StyleS™®'s picture

Furious has truely shown her

Furious has truely shown her racism against blacks here by the zimmerman comment.
Anonymous's picture

WOW I just got that you

WOW I just got that you believe zimmerman rightly shot trayvon martin. So an unarmed teen cant protect himself against a gun without getting shot.
Anonymous's picture

1. People complain about

1. People complain about what rappers say ALL THE TIME! 2. Activists are constantly serving they're community to prevent black on black murder. In fact, I just watched a doc on PBS last week about activist who work to stop violence in the black community. You're obviously not black because you are misinformed. If you like her, cool. But, sorry you can't refer to yourself as a slave master, and expect people to be, so quick to forgive.
Anonymous's picture

Natasha u better stop with

Natasha u better stop with this mess! I have been a loyal follower of YBF. Because it is the one and only blog that celebrates Young Black and Fabolous people. There are many people and things you could be blogging about. Stop promoting this corny ass white girl!! Please and Thank you!
MsDC's picture

Natasha u better stop with

Natasha u better stop with this mess! I have been a loyal follower of YBF. Because it is the one and only blog that celebrates Young Black and Fabolous people. There are many people and things you could be blogging about. Stop promoting this corny ass white girl!! Please and Thank you!
MsThang's picture

Natasha u better stop with

Natasha u better stop with this mess! I have been a loyal follower of YBF. Because it is the one and only blog that celebrates Young Black and Fabolous people. There are many people and things you could be blogging about. Stop promoting this corny ass white girl!! Please and Thank you!
MsThang's picture

Natasha u better stop with

Natasha u better stop with this mess! I have been a loyal follower of YBF. Because it is the one and only blog that celebrates Young Black and Fabolous people. There are many people and things you could be blogging about. Stop promoting this corny ass white girl!! Please and Thank you!
MsThang's picture

Shouldn't this have been

Shouldn't this have been posted under NON YBF news? Actually, why is this even news? The chick is TRASH! She referenced being a slave master, yet the black blogs are covering this pasty trick? Wowwwwwwww! There are other female MC's who are actually YB&F with REAL talent who deserve some shine. FOH with this trash!
Anonymous's picture

Might as well. Hip Hop is

Might as well. Hip Hop is DEAD!!!!!
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Best comment

Best comment YET!!! R.I.P. HIP HOP been nice knowing you....lol
Sassy's picture

I mean..........I guess. I

I mean..........I guess. I still want her to rap that "slave master" line at a show in the states and see what happens. *Drops to knees, grabs rosary, prays diligently for an L. Boogie return* Let not my prayers be in vain, Jesus!
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Thank God!!! Im not the only

Thank God!!! Im not the only that saw that line!!! Yes, this Iggy character thought it was ok to rap about black slaves and their masters... Not ok. YBF you should feel ashamed for having this woman on this website. Shes not black and shes not fabulous and to top it off she exploiting are culture.
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