"I know my worth and it's a beautiful thing."
How do you feel about the hype surrounding your debut album?
I’m pleasantly surprised about other people being excited for me and I think when something has a pending release date for so long, you sort of start to dwell on the negative sometimes. But it’s cool and I’m very excited.
And then it’s the big tour for you...
Yeah. It’s crazy! I’m not organised. My costumes aren’t done, my music’s not done, my stage hasn’t been built, where is my confetti? It hasn’t been chopped! I have nothing. It is crazy but it’ll be fine. I’ll just blast out paper if I have to ( Laughs).
You toured with Beyoncé. Did you get to know her and what was she like?
Sometimes I would bump into her in the hallway. The first time I met her they called me in and I had just performed my show so I was sweaty and a mess and looked like crap. They came in and said, ‘Oh hi, Beyoncé wants to meet you now.’ I was like, ‘Sh**! I don’t want to smash Beyoncé but I would still like to look nice for her.’ So I had to go into her nice dressing room and wait outside. She looked amazing and I looked crap but that’s fine. She is married so I don’t think she wants to do me anyway.
People are already comparing you to Nicki Minaj. What are your thoughts on being the new hottest thing in female rap?
Well that’s a good thing to be, she is very sought after. It’s amazing. It’s really great. I’ve had a lot of success in Europe but that can feel a little surreal at times because I live in Los Angeles and so it seems like it is all on the Internet and not feel like it is really happening, so to have success in America is really cool.
Can you tell us a bit about growing up in Australia and your childhood?
I grew up in a place called Mullumbimby. It’s a small town and the population is about 3,000. I grew up in a very little house that my dad built out of mud bricks by hand. My parents split up, like a lot of kids parents do, when I was about nine-years-old. We moved into the big city and I’d skate around the town and get into mischief. I got bored of that and I wanted to escape to America when I was 16, so then I moved to Miami and spent the rest of my years wandering around America.
Was that a scary time for you?
No. The thought of failure wasn’t an option and I had to just keep going until I couldn’t go anymore. There was a point where I thought I was going to run out of money and I would have to go home and that was right before I put out the first song off of my mix-tape called Ignorant Art. I did a bit of a gamble and I made this mixtape and it paid off for me.
Have you always wanted to do music?
I first decided I wanted a music career when I was 14-yearsold. I thought I could get a record deal in a year - that’s what I thought in my insane mind. I didn’t get a record deal until I was 22, so it took a lot longer. But I had big dreams.
What was it about rap music in particular that made you want to become a rap artist?
I remember listening to Tupac’s “Baby Don’t Cry” and I was like, “What is this?” That was the song that made me fall in love with rap.
Rap is traditionally born out of bad situations and feeling alienated, so how do you validate your music coming from where you do? What experiences in your past led you to rap music?
I hear people say this. They’re like “Why would it be so horrible when where you are from is so beautiful?” And it is so beautiful where I am from but, I had a lot of things going on and I felt very alone and my parents always had a funny relationship – a bad relationship. I think you can never know what people are going through. It can be paradise and you can still be miserable and I was miserable, for a lot of different reasons.
How did you come up with your stage name?
It was my dog’s name, Iggy. I had this dog my whole life and he was awesome and I really liked nameplate necklaces and I wanted to get one made. I just thought Amethyst was a bit of a mouthful, so I just thought what is another person with any significance, with a cool name that I know that I could make a nameplate necklace after? And I thought “Why not Iggy? He was really cool.” I like that name and people just started to think that it was mine.
How important is fashion and style to you?
It is important but frustrating too because nothing fits me. I’m a size six on the bottom and a size two on the top. That’s awkward when you try to buy a dress. You have to get a size six and hold it in, pretend what it would look like and then get it tailored. It’s annoying and that’s how I end up in no underpants and no pants on stage.
Is that really the reason why you wear no pants on stage?
I tried wearing pants on stage but they split. My pants have split on stage three times. Three times I tried to wear pants and it went terribly wrong. Sometimes if I wear a dress and it’s not tight enough I’m like, “I want to feel like a little sausage!”
Who are your style icons?
I love Gwen Stefani. I think she has got amazing style. I really love Grace Kelly, she is one of my style icons, forever. She is so regal and I just really love women that have that element of grace about them. I have always been obsessed with Grace Kelly.
So what are your top style tips?
Well, I think Spanx are great because they are a crack protector, that’s what I always say. Your butt can eat your clothing and so if you have some Spanx, you know that you are safe from your booty eating your clothes.
Don’t wear anything just because it is on trend, make sure that the trend fits you and your body type. I see this every season. There will be a colour – orange – or A-line is new for this season, but it doesn’t always suit every body shape or type or skin colour. Just make sure you aren’t getting overwhelmed with what you see in the magazines.
You’re dating LA Lakers star Nick Young. How do deal with the attention he gets?
You have to have a thick skin. I will sometimes give him crap and get jealous but it’s always in a jokey way. I’m lucky because he’s in the NBA and they are so sensitive about what they are allowed to post (online), so I never have to worry about him posting anything about a strip club or stuff because I know that that isn’t going to happen. So I’m cool.
Tell us about your first date because it was a little bit unconventional, right?
I had just moved into a place that day so I needed to get some essentials, tissue paper and things like that. So I said, “If I go out on this dinner date with you, everything is going to be closed, so we have to do this before we go to dinner.” I love Target (stores) and he was like, “Everybody likes to have a wander in Target.” So it was like a joke thing. He said, “Where do you want to go on a date? Anywhere you want to go?” So I said, “I want to go to Target!” It definitely broke the ice to do something like that. More people should do stuff like that.
When you went public with your relationship there was a lot of media attention, are you getting used to the cameras?
I’m getting used to it now, yeah. It was a little bit earlier than I probably would have wanted to tell the world that we were going on dates and stuff so it was a bit like “Oh, hell!”. You know that once you announce, or once the world knows something, it will be like consistent questions.
In general, how have you dealt with fame?
There have been really good days and really bad days. Sometimes you might have a really bad thing written about you in the press and it can snowball and turn into just making your existence miserable. The craziest paparazzi thing that ever happened was when they got a picture of my nipples. I feel like when I get in my car and close the door, that’s it for you. But when the car is moving and pulling out from the parking space, they’ll open your door to see if it is locked. If it is open they’ll stick a camera in. Sometimes they’re cool but they shouldn’t start opening car doors and taking pictures. That’s a violation.
Finally, how can people keep up with you and what you are doing next?
You can keep up with me on Twitter @IggyAzalea like everyone else. I am always on there having a ramble and saying things that I shouldn’t.