Originally Posted by DoraDaExplora
I know that, I meant like in her videos how she seems to be coming across like thats how she grew up especially with the cereal with milk and water along with her fake accent. Just seems alil like she was invented in LA by record execs.
Eminem grew up around that stuff, as did Paul Wall & Kid Rock (dont kno how he turned country), as did Machine Gun Kelly. It's not something they saw on tv and decided to imitate one day.
Travis Barker and Yelawolf are lil hood skater boys who grew up around lil hood skater boys.
Iggy Azaela's image was created in a building in LA. She was not exposed to that in Australia. But I have no issues with it. Alotta celebs were made in a building. I love her style.
WARNING. REALLY LONG
but it talks about her upbringing and her influences
didn't know there was a character limit so you gotta click the link for the full story...it worth it
Complex Mag: Who Is Iggy Azalea?
A few weeks ago, a new artist by the name of Iggy Azalea came to our attention. We were immediately struck by a trio of her songs, “D.R.U.G.S.,” her “Two Times” Freestyle (and its controversial video), and of course, the ever so catchy “PU$$Y.” Next thing you know, we were following her on Twitter and on the lookout for her mixtape, Ignorant Art, which dropped earlier this week.
A number of things stuck out about Iggy right away. For one, she’s gorgeous-the girl’s got the looks of a supermodel. Two, she spits raunchy raps like a young Foxy, but her flow is like a cross between Yelawolf going double time and one of Nicki Minaj’s British alter-egos. Oh, and she’s also a white girl.
Needless to say, we were immediately intrigued by the 21-year-old Australian born rapper. But thanks to a considerable amount of misinformation about her on the Internet. we went straight to the source and got on the horn with her to find out, Who Is Iggy Azalea?
The still unsigned Los Angeles resident told us about her lonely childhood, her obsessions with Tupac and Grace Kelly, and how she came to the United States and tried to be a model (until an agency told her she was too thick). Plus, she took time out to talk about the comparisons between her and Kreayshawn, and breaks down why we’ve seen such a sudden influx of white rappers.
Growing Up In Australia
“I come from a really small town near the Gold Coast called Mullumbimby. It has a population of 3,000, but when I was there it was probably 1,500. We didn’t have a mall or a movie theater. Lots of the small towns in Australia have Aboriginal names and that’s one of them.
“My family came to Australia on the first fleet. My family’s been in that country for a long time, over 100 years. If your family’s lived in Australia for a long time, everyone has a little bit of [Aborigine blood]. I know my family does because we have an eye condition that only Aborigine people have.
“Mullumbimby is neighbors with Byron Bay, which is about thirty minutes away. It’s a cool town on the beach. It’s sub-tropical, so people like to swim and +@+$ and it’s a tourist market. All the houses have gotten expensive over there because everyone wants to buy them for tourist rental. So people live in my town and work in Byron Bay.
“When I was a kid saving up to come to America, I used to go there and clean the holiday houses and hotels. You can make good money doing that because the tourist industry is profitable. Everyone, when they’re a young, goes and becomes a cleaner. That’s one of the best jobs you can have out there. There’s not a lot of jobs to choose from.
“My mom used to clean as well, so I got my own insurance and registered my own business. My mom and I started cleaning together. I didn’t have to go through an agency or a boss that takes a cut out, because I had my own business registered. I was a hired contractor, so I made more money. I was able to cut out the middle-man.
“My dad was a comic artist. He doesn’t draw cartoons anymore. Now he lives in the rainforest, does oil paintings, and meditates and +@+$. But he always made me read books and he’s a lot of the reason why I have so many people around me that I draw stuff from for inspiration.
“He made me look at [art] as a teenager. He would give me books and he would give me quizzes. We were talking the other night at dinner about [the artist] Robert Crumb. He would always tell me, ‘Look at this film,’ or ‘Look at this artist. What do you think he’s trying to say?’ As a kid, I always hated his guts. I would be like, ‘Ugh, Dad is giving me this book. He’s going to make me answer questions about it.’
“I probably connect because I was really reading that +@+$, I would go to his house, and he would give me +@+$ and I would read it. I love to draw portraits and he would always tell me, ‘Your shadowing is wrong!’ [Laughs.
] My dad was kind of like my art coach.”
“I hated everyone at school. I would come home at lunch and listen to music. That eventually led to me dropping out because I was missing so much school after sneaking home after lunch and never going back.
“I hated school because my town is so small. If you’re going to a public school like me, the way it’s area-coded, there’s only one school everyone in the area can go to. It’s so small so you know the same kids from when you’re five until you graduate. It’s the same !*$@#*#@%#!#+ and there’s only about 40 of them.
“I used to dress weird in elementary school and I used to get teased. I hated their guts, they hated mine, and that hate continued into high school. [Laughs.
“I used to get my pants pulled down by them in 5th grade. I used to sit down at lunch the whole time, because as soon as I would stand up, someone would pull my pants down. [Laughs.
] I’ll never forget one day the girl was bending over the desk at school, and I thought, ‘Now is the chance. I’m going to pull her pants down. I finally have her where I want her.’
“I pulled her pants down thinking everyone was going to think it was so funny, because when I get my pants pulled down, apparently it’s hilarious. But when I pulled her pants down, nobody laughed! I was like, ‘What the +%*!? I’ve been getting my +@+$ pulled down forever. She only got her pants pulled down one time!’
“When I started to really like rap music, nobody else liked that. It wasn’t cool, where I come from. Everyone liked rock, indie, and dance music. It wasn’t cool to like rap, so liking what I liked, I didn’t want to be around them.
“That’s why I came home at lunch, to be with the +@+$ that I liked. I was like, ‘You guys look depressing, and I can’t talk to you about anything, because everything I like, you hate.’ The only classes I would go to at school were art classes and English classes. Everything else I would skip because I just hated it so bad.”
Fantasies of The Rap World
“Sometimes I would not go to school at all. I would be at home writing raps, trying to be a rap star. I thought it was so cool. I would see all the rap videos and watch them on YouTube.
“The rappers had all this +@+$ that we didn’t have. I saw things like fitted caps, Timberlands, and Air Force 1’s and I was like, ‘Whoa! Those are @#**%#* cool. I want one, bad. Where can I get those?’
“I would go on Dr. Jay’s the website, look at +@+$, and make up fake shopping carts of the +@+$ I wish I had if I lived in America or if I had the money for it. I was like, ‘I would love to wear Baby Phat!’ [Laughs.
] You just couldn’t get that +@+$ in Australia.
“If you wanted to get a XXL
, you had to go to the news agents and put in a special order for it. It would come four months late but I didn’t give a +%*!! I read it like, ‘Who’s that artist?’ then I’d go to the Internet and find out.
“I’d take out the ads and put them on your door like, ‘Man, I wish I had those clothes,’ or ‘I wish I had that watch.’ I was obsessed with this world because I’m from a small town that didn’t have +@+$. We didn’t have anything to do. It was so easy to go off into your little dream world. That was it for me.
“Australia doesn’t have radio stations that play hip-hop. You had to go on Google or look on Billboard to see what was going on in the America. I would go on Myspace to see what other kids were listening to. I was just manning the Internet trying to find stuff that was cool.”
Her Obsession With Tupac
“I used to love 2Pac. I was obsessed with him. When I was 13, I heard ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ by 2Pac and The Outlawz at my next-door neighbors’ house. I didn’t really love any music until then, I just loved what was on the radio. Then I heard that song and I don’t know what it was about it that made me love it so much.
“I went and got the album and listened to it a billion times. Then I got every other album, every song, every documentary about 2Pac. I got anything to do with 2Pac. I would sit at home all day long and be obsessed with it because I lived in this small town and I had nothing else to do. I would be in this little 2Pac world.
“I used to think 2Pac was still alive. I remember I used to go on [The Seven Day Theory website
]. They were like, ‘In his movie Poetic Justice
, look at the menu. It’s not an L, it’s a backwards seven, upside down.’ I was like, ‘Whoa! They are! There’s no denying it now.’
“I was just waiting for 2007. I was like, ‘It’s the seven day theory. He’s going to be alive in eight months!’ Obviously, he’s dead but I thought he was alive for a little while. It seems stupid now, but I thought he was alive. I really did.”
Her Rap Influences
“I like Andre 3000. I was like, ‘He’s so weird,’ and I feel weird. I like him because he doesn’t dress like regular rappers and he talks about regular +@+$. He doesn’t talk about cliché rapper subjects.
“I used to love Missy Elliott and Eve. I wanted to be Eve. She was cool. That’s probably the four that I really like: 2Pac, Andre 3000, Missy, and Eve.
“I don’t know why someone wrote that [I’m a big Jay-Z fan]. It’s true, but it wasn’t true. I used to be so obsessed with 2Pac that when he said in a song, ‘+%*! Jay-Z,’ I was like ‘[Gasp.
] +%*! Jay-Z. I will not listen to his music. It’s boycotted!’ [Laughs.
“I didn’t listen to Jay-Z growing up as a kid. It wasn’t until I was about 17 when I got over my 2Pac obsession that I started listening to him. I do love him now, but when I first started listening to rap, I didn’t listen to him because 2Pac said, ‘+%*! Jay-Z.’
Learning To Rap
“I was 14 when I started rapping. 2Pac made me want to rap. [Laughs.
] Nah, he didn’t make me want to rap, but I was obsessed with it and used to get teased at school. I had this club with my best friend. She was my only friend because she used to get teased too. Eventually, she moved away, which is why ended up being alone again.
“In the club, we would write rude poems about all the other kids. To get in the club, you would have to write a rude poem and we would accept it or we wouldn’t. But we would write the secret poems like, ‘She’s a %%$*#. I hate her.’ [Laughs.
] I kept writing poems privately.
“They were never raps but I was super-obsessed with rap. I would listen, press pause, write the lyrics in a book, and say them back. I would be like, ‘Oh, I killed it. I’m like really the best rapper. I know I can do this +@+$.’ But I would never tell anyone because I knew everyone would laugh at me and think I was an idiot.
“One day, in a town close to me, they had this thing called OZ Battle. It’s every year on Australia Day, they have big breakdance battles, emcee battles, and stuff. I saw the flyer and I was like, ‘I’m going to go in a rap battle.’
“I caught the bus out there to this rap battle and I lost. I sucked and I got booed. It was the worst. I don’t know why I liked it so much but I was like, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I kept rapping and I kept sucking and I kept getting booed. But I kept going around to festivals.
“I started going to Sydney, because grandma lives there, and went to competitions. I would meet people that liked the same stuff as me. I was like, ‘I want to be a rapper.’ That’s how I started it. From the start I thought I was a professional, even though I wasn’t.
“The first two months of me rapping, I went on the Internet to all the labels in Australia and was like, ‘I’m going to get the addresses and make a demo and send it. I will get a deal.’ I was like, ‘If I don’t get a deal in a year, I’m going to quit rapping. I know I can do this +@+$ in a year.’ I never ended up sending them any demos.
“Now it’s eight years later and I’m still unsigned, but I never gave up because I loved it. I always took it serious and thought I would be the best but I didn’t start recording until about a year later at 15. Living in Australia, I started meeting people that had little set-ups in their houses. Then I went to Miami…”
Moving To Los Angeles
“I moved to L.A. in August 2010. I moved to L.A. because I put this video on YouTube, and these guys from Interscope, Neil Jacobson and George Robertson, found it and called all of my friends because they couldn’t get my number. They would tell my friends, ‘Please, will you tell this girl to call us.’ My friends said, ‘They’ve been calling us for weeks, but we don’t know who they are.’ I said, ‘Probably some scammer.’
“They kept trying to find me for weeks. I eventually called and they flew out from L.A. We had a meeting and they were like, ‘You have to move to L.A.! We want to manage you, but we can’t manage you from Atlanta.’ I was like, ‘Nah. I don’t want to move to L.A.’
“Even though I had never been to L.A., I didn’t want to go to Hollywood. So I didn’t move for like six months. Then things weren’t really moving in Atlanta, i was kind of in a rut, and my lease was up. So I was like, ‘+%*! it, I’m going to move to L.A.’ I’ve been here since. They manage me still and that’s why I’m here.
“When I moved to L.A., my managers thought it would be cool if I was more pop and more crossover. So we had fights for six months. They’d take me around to people that were more pop and say, ‘Try to rap over these beats. This is what’s going to be cool. Try to do it.’ I just couldn’t @#**%#* do it and I don’t like doing it.
“I told them I didn’t like the music and that it wasn’t what I had in mind for myself. So there was always a fight where they would be like, ‘Be more this.’ I would be like, ‘No. I want to be rap. I want to do hip-hop.’ They’d be like, ‘That’s the hard way. Why do you want to do that? It’s not crossover.’
“I understand why they would say that, but I got so sick of it so I was like, ‘I don’t want to work with you guys anymore. +%*! off.’ I didn’t speak to them for about three weeks. They were like, ‘If you want to do it the hard way, fine. We can’t help you.’ I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.’
“That’s when I made ‘Two Times’ and ‘Hell of A Life’ freestyle videos. In my mind, I was like, ‘I’m going to get this on WorldStar and somebody will see it. They’ll put it on WorldStar, right?’
“WorldStar emailed me back like, ‘Do you model? Oh, you rap? So you’re trying to go the hard way? We’re not putting your video on. Your video will have to get at least 80,000 views for free, or you can pay me $850. Or we’ll put it on for free if you make it a sexy song.’
“I was like, ‘+%*! off. People are going to think I’m a @#**%#* WorldStar bunny. I’m not doing that +@+$. That would defeat the purpose.’ So I messaged them like, ‘+%*! you guys.
“I put my videos on regular YouTube and my old managers saw them. They were like, ‘Whoa. This is cool. We couldn’t understand it before, but now we get it.’ I signed a management deal like two weeks later and we’ve been working together since then.”
Being A White Rapper
“There have always been a lot of white girl rappers. I know because I am one and I know it’s going to come across that there are a billion of them. Somebody said to me once, ‘Why has there never been a white girl rapper?’
“Hip-hop is, one, black culture, and two it’s very male-dominated. The reason that white male rappers can survive and are accepted because they can relate to the masculinity of it all. And the reason that black female rappers can survive is because they can relate to being black. Where can a white female fit in that and relate to it?
“I think that we are at a point where hip-hop has evolved. Now we are at a time where a white girl can put a song out and people will start to say, ‘Oh, maybe this can work.’ But it’s not like we just popped up yesterday.
“When I hear people be like, ‘White people are taking over the rap industry.’ I’m like, ‘Are they really?’ Why, because we have two white girl rappers? Look how many black rappers there are. It’s retarded.
“You know why there are more white rappers today? Hip-hop used to be black culture, now it’s so much more. Hip-hop evolved and so did the people that listened to it. That’s why now we see [more white rappers]. It’s not what it was 20 years ago so you can’t expect it to be. That’s why when I hear people say that, I’m like, ‘You are saying that with this mentality but you are not realizing that we are in 2011 now. Okay?’”