Iggy Azalea Biography
Iggy Azalea (born Amethyst in 1990) is an Australian songwriter and rapper. Azalea started rapping at 14 and moved to the United States of America in 2006. As of November 2011, she is managed by Interscope Records' George Robertson and Neil Jacobson but still unsigned officially. She is perhaps better known for her promotional songs "Pu$$y" and "My World" whose music videos went viral on YouTube. Her debut studio album "The New Classic" will be released in 2012.
Iggy Azalea was born in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia and moved to Miami, Florida, USA right before she turned 16 years old to pursue her music career. She told her parents she was going "on a holiday" with a friend but eventually decided to stay and told them she was not coming back home shortly after. Her father was a comic artist and painter and her mother cleaned holiday houses and hotels. Azalea says her father "made her look at [art] as a teenager" which has always influenced her life and work. "I was drawn to America because I felt like an outsider in my own country, I was in love with hip-hop, and America is the birthplace of that, so I figured the closer I was to the music, the happier I'd be. I was right."
Her birth name is Amethyst (she hasn't disclosed her last name) but she started using a stage name, Iggy Azalea, after moving to the United States. Iggy Azalea was the name of her family's dog while growing up. She has also lived in Atlanta before moving to Los Angeles in 2010. Azalea didn't graduate from high school because she'd rather earn and save money by cleaning with her mother to pursue her desire of moving to America.
After moving to the United States, staying in Miami and a brief stint in Houston, Azalea settled for a few years in Atlanta, and eventually in Los Angeles, where she currently resides since 2010.
She started rapping at the age of 14 but was obsessed with rap from age 11 when she heard "Baby Don't Cry". She also regularly mentions her early influence by Tupac in her interviews, "I was sickly obsessed. I had every picture of Tupac ever printed on my wall". Azalea also draws and paints as an hobby. She also mentions Andre 3000, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani and Grace Kelly as some of her inspirations.
In 2011, Iggy Azalea started uploading several freestyle videos that went viral on YouTube. In early September, Perez Hilton discovered and posted her first music video "Pu$$y". The visuals, featuring Iggy and friends suggestively slurping ice creams, were filmed in the territory of street gang Rollin 60s.
She's currently managed by George Robertson and Neil Jacobson from Interscope Records, but hasn't officially announced signing a deal with a record label yet.
On September 27, 2011, Azalea released her first free mixtape, "Ignorant Art", saying she made it "with the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals" . She performed live in her first shows ever on October in New York City, as a part of the CMJ Music Festival and Perez Hilton's "One Night In…" concert series, alongside Mary J Blige and Boyz II Men.
In November 2011, she released a music video for another promotional song "My World" featuring a cameo from character actor and former wrestler Tiny Lister, which earned her more attention due to its rising popularity online. "It's supposed to have like, all the ridiculousness of a big-budget '90s video, but then chopped and screwed," Azalea explains.
She is currently working with rapper YG on another mixtape entitled "1990″. Azalea has also mentioned on Twitter that she will be starting her first tour in the beginning of the year of 2012.
Azalea revealed in December that she will be releasing her debut album, "The New Classic", in the first quarter of 2012. She also said she will be signing a record label deal soon and "once thats sorted out and I establish an over all sound and direction for the album I will be able to know what artists would make for a dynamic collaboration".
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I love Iggy Azalea histories. | Reviewer: Mukwevho Fhatuwani Andrew | 9/24/13
I luv da way dat Azalea used to rap bcz she tlk extly situation dat some of us people we are facing with so she not rap for her own she inclued others whom they face with situation like this.
I WUV WOOO | Reviewer: cHEILYN | 8/29/13
I LOVE YOU IGGY I LOOK UP TO YOU AND I LOVE YOURE SONGS. IM ONLY 3 YEARS OLD BUT I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO YOUR SONGS FOREVAH AND I WANT TO GROW UP EXACTLY LIKE YOU. I WUV WOO<33333333
I love you iggy | Reviewer: Kiki | 8/24/13
Iggy azalea ur a beautiful talented person ur songs are amazing you are a natural not fake and u speak in ur songs with ur true heart I'm only 11 but ur perfect and you show all them other fake girls what a real rapper is !! Go girl haha xx I love u xxxxxx
you are amazin | Reviewer: caitlin-jade storr | 8/19/13
your an insparasion to me iggy im onlt 11 but ive allready started tryin to get in to the buisness of rapping i love ur song work and murda buisness I LOVE ALL OF UR SONGS thanks iggy xx
Iggy you the best!!!Get yo money girl$$$ | Reviewer: M$.Lott@body | 7/15/13
Iggy you inspire me a lot. You are very pretty and talented. Me
being a 15 year old foster child, needs someone like you to inspire. You proved that you can become whatever you want if you
just work hard. THANKYOU!!!And I really love you a lot. I listen
to your songs all the time.<3
Pretty girl go to the darkside! | Reviewer: cdown | 6/28/13
Girl you have talent, it's about time a pretty white girl shows the world that black girls that they are not the only ones that can rap hardcore. On that note, the rappers you mention that inspired you, are dumb asses who really are doing nothing. The one's who last are people with really talent. Find your's and remember "Once you go black you can't come back"
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