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Iggy Azalea is a 22 year old Australian rapper. Her promotional videos Pu$$y, My World, and Two Times brought her Youtube viral fame and helped launch her career. Her first studio album, The New Classic, is set to be released sometime later this year. Other videos include Look At Me Now and two freestyle videos Get Big, and Hell of a Life.
posted by MaryDellamorte (31 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, at least she's 22 and not 13.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:09 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Not to be confused with American rapper Azealia Banks.
posted by roger ackroyd at 5:12 PM on July 1, 2012 [7 favorites]


Sounds like a lot of what's been done ad nauseum in the music world. I don't doubt she could become the next big thing, but there's nothing new to see or hear here.
posted by Lukenlogs at 5:14 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Drawing from my extremely limited cultural knowledge, this appears to me to be a precise amalgamation of Kitty Pryde and Die Antwoord.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 5:16 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Somewhere, just now, Kitty Pryde shuddered and hid under her pillow and doesn't know why.
posted by delfin at 5:22 PM on July 1, 2012


I listened to My World on repeat for a whole weekend back in the spring. Exercised to it, cleaned to it, worked to it. I thought we had a previous thread on her, but I guess not. She has a song with T.I. that was oh-kay. I do like that she can actually flow.

Not to be confused with American rapper Azealia Banks.

I like Banks more for some reason (probably because she is over-the-top dirty and rapped over Ladytron) and for reasons I've forgotten, Iggy and Azealia have beef.

It may end up being the year of the white female rapper. Especially if Invincible's new stuff is any good. The concept of it alone is worth a listen:An investigation into the links between complex science and social movements. I don't think she's touching Technique any time soon, but I like the aim.
posted by cashman at 5:28 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


Well, the lyrics and the videos are much, much better than the sea of current club-rap or whatever this style is. The simple, well produced tracks have been there, but not the lyrics or self-awareness. I've been thinking this style has been pretty ripe to start taking off into new and respectable (for lack of a better word) territory.

I think all of this is really interesting because it seems to come from the one subculture still capable of attracting derision from a group as liberal as Metafilter for simply being what it is.

But then, I think Yankin is brilliant, so.
posted by cmoj at 5:45 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


The beef between the two sounds pretty lame. Really, there is absolutely no reason for 2 female rappers to be fighting each other when they are in an industry and a scene rife with misogyny on every level. It's probably in part a function of the limited opportunities available to them that they come in conflict.

Anyway, Banks sounds to me to be the better rapper, and I wouldn't be surprised if you told me Iggy was fairly derivative of her. But, Iggy is entertaining and enjoyable. Would taste the rainbow again.
posted by Saxon Kane at 5:51 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


the one subculture still capable of attracting derision from a group as liberal as Metafilter for simply being what it is

I think it's less the group and more a small subset of members within it.

(And for what it's worth, I think that hip-hop is not the only subculture still capable of attracting derision etc., and that the same small-subset dynamic tends to pop up with others.)
posted by box at 5:54 PM on July 1, 2012


Another female MC worth hearing, Canada's NiLLa.
posted by grabbingsand at 6:02 PM on July 1, 2012


Part of the beef involved Banks calling out Iggy for the line “When the relay starts, I’m a runaway slave / Master.” Iggy earned a point with me, at least, for not letting the silly PR-fueled squabble get in the way of taking responsibility for the line and quickly issuing a straightforward apology:
In all fairness, it was a tacky and careless thing to say and if you are offended, I am sorry. Sometimes we get so caught up in our art and creating or trying to push boundaries, we don’t stop to think how others may be hurt by it. In this situation, I am guilty of doing that and I regret not thinking things through more.
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:06 PM on July 1, 2012 [3 favorites]


By "silly PR-fueled squabble" I mean the whole kerfuffle about their similar names, not this very valid issue.
posted by Ian A.T. at 6:09 PM on July 1, 2012


Azelia Banks is a much better rapper, sad to hear about the verbage involved in the feud as she seems to have started it.

Oh well I still can't stop listening to 212 or licorice.
posted by sourbrew at 6:25 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


Let's not forget Murda Bizness
posted by Larus at 8:23 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]




For people who think Ke$ha is too highbrow.
posted by bardic at 10:18 PM on July 1, 2012 [2 favorites]


I really like Murda Bizness and I'm glad America has finally stepped up and produced a response to Yolandi Visser.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:08 PM on July 1, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah I know she is from a Autralia but fuck Australia,we are claiming her.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:12 PM on July 1, 2012


"Sounds like a lot of what's been done ad nauseum in the music world. I don't doubt she could become the next big thing, but there's nothing new to see or hear here."

whaevs grandpa, but you coulda at least dropped novel snark.
posted by klangklangston at 12:38 AM on July 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


"a response to Yolandi Visser"

At least Die Antwoord is genuinely bugfuck nuts. You gotta respect actual crazy.
posted by bardic at 12:59 AM on July 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is something I would need to listen to popular radio to understand I know:
But is this actually what's getting played on the more mainstream radios (Triple J), or is it still fairly underground?

(Musically... Sound-wise it's not my thing, but I can well imagine it being popular among the kids.

I imagine the Is it the squeeking is rap's version of the Wub-Wub or grime's donk-donk.

I'm not seeing the Kitty Pryde references, but I only lasted half of the one song I could see.
posted by Mezentian at 2:31 AM on July 2, 2012


Well it is all so over the top you suspect none of it is real. Not that the word real means much anymore. If Die Antwoord may or may not be some Ali G style art project/joke while still being vital and legit commentary on South Africa what the hell is an Australian that raps with that accent. Is it even aware?

Also blonde women rapping really fast reminds me of Yolandi.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:36 AM on July 2, 2012


I like Iggy Azalea's music but....honestly I like Yolandi's music more.

And that's not "a lesser of two weevils" preference either. I mean, I actively -like- Yolandi's music. The first time I heard it I definitely had a "wtf??" response, but it grew on me and when I looked up the lyrics ('cause I seriously can't understand that shit) it really made me want to buy their music.
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:51 AM on July 2, 2012


The best part of this video is the part in the kitchen at the beginning. As for the rest of it, I liked the guy in the van, too, who looks, and then looks down. But, c'mon: various women licking on dripping things, especially white-coloured dripping things? I guess it's meant to be ironic, but I'm not sure if the effect is any different from what the male rappers do.
posted by anothermug at 7:54 AM on July 2, 2012


bardic: “For people who think Ke$ha is too highbrow.”

Ouch. I don't know if that's warranted, though. I'm not a huge fan of most of these videos, which seem image-heavy with not a lot of actual skill shown, but "Murda Bizness" has some gems. She's got a voice, and could do some good stuff if she went for it.
posted by koeselitz at 11:09 AM on July 2, 2012


Pu$$Y and My World rock pretty hard. Murda Bizness isn't bad either.

Still haven't been able to pass over the entrance barrier to Die Antwoord, though. Perhaps it is about time to listen to them again...
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:54 AM on July 2, 2012


If you're counting female MC's, don't forget JNatural.
posted by lkc at 3:23 PM on July 3, 2012


(I always feel bad that I don't like Invincible's music. I went to high school with her, and had classes with her in college, and while she's really earnestly coming from good intentions, I find her music just too flatly didactic and I just don't feel like her skill as an MC is up to the task of the ambitions she sets for herself.

I do think her beats have gotten way, way better, and that she's working with better collabs. I'll also say that as a listener, I'm less into her subgenre than ever, so I might not be the right audience.)
posted by klangklangston at 6:35 PM on July 3, 2012


Azealia Banks has talent.

Iggy Azalea tries to use ass as a substitute.
posted by moorooka at 3:34 PM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well that works for Lil Wayne, so
posted by cashman at 4:26 PM on July 5, 2012


it works pretty well in the industry, generally speaking.

but seriously, listen to Banks' 1991 EP. Art vs. Ass.
posted by moorooka at 6:00 PM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


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