Let’s get something straight: Iggy Azalea is not a “fake lesbian.” In an era where pseudo bisexuality is all the rage — and though her YouTube breakthrough was basically an anthem for female genitalia — Australia’s rising rap star (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly) refuses to admit that she kissed a girl and liked it. (And if you wanna see a very different YouTube video, Google “Fancy” and Barack Obama and see what you get.)
Doing it her own way, songs off Azalea’s long-awaited debut, The New Classic — the autobiographical rags-to-riches “Work,” and the boasting liberation single “Fancy” — showcase a fierce fighter who’s resilient, empowered and ready for rap domination, as our Chris Azzopardi found.
Dallas Voice: After several delays, how does it feel to finally get this album out? Iggy Azalea: Definitely a relief. I think people’s interest and support of “Fancy” came as a bit of a surprise. I didn’t anticipate it being as embraced as it has been on radio, so I think I’ve been very lucky in my situation leading up to my album. I’m very happy at the moment to be putting [the album] out and feeling like, yes, it’s finally out, but also, I have a song that’s doing well and getting radio play, which is something that I never usually get, so I’m very excited.
You’ve been embraced in the gay community since the beginning, when you released your mixtape, Ignorant Art, in 2011. Well, I am a drag queen, so …
Do you call yourself a drag queen? I always call myself a drag queen. My hairdresser always says, “You’re a big drag queen. You’re in drag makeup, drag hair…” And it’s true! I can’t help it!
The New Classic embraces themes of empowerment, independence and perseverance. Was that intentional? That’s the general gist of my album, yeah, but I didn’t go into it thinking, “Oh, I’m gonna do these themes.” I just said, “I’m gonna write about my life.” And reflecting on it, and in retrospect, it makes sense considering it is my life, and my life is a shit fight.