Iggy Aza­lea

"I know my worth and it's a beau­ti­ful thing."

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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.

Any­thing else?

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.

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