Iggy Azalea‘s days of “no money, no family, 16 in the middle of Miami” may be gone – replaced with runway shows and magazine spreads – but her past is far from forgotten. On her first full-length album, The New Classic, allusions to the struggle are sandwiched between cocky punchlines and personal anecdotes, leaving the listener inspired and empowered – something rare for any rapper, let alone a blonde girl from Australia.
Iggy has always struggled to find her niche, between rap, pop, EDM and reggae. She was, and still is, an outsider; She makes music for artsy kids and the club girls. Her spitfire persona flips between blonde bombshell and music nerd (with a big dollop of hustler swag thrown in), making her the perfect icon for wanna-be queens, drama kids, dreamers, and everyone in between. Her struggle was to find that core sound. Her rapping skills have always been on point (Iggy was the first female XXL freshman) but her production was missing that magical mass appeal her superstar lyrics deserved. The New Classic changes all that.