Iggy Azalea Makes It Bounce in Brooklyn

Iggy Azalea at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Words by Chelsea Whitaker

Iggy Azalea has learned how to be a superstar. Everything about her sold out show in Brooklyn – the art deco South Beach themed set, the choreographed dancers, her flawless rapping – was polished, professional and ready to live up to the expectations of her rabid “Azelians”, as well as silence the skeptical critics.

With her hit single “Fancy” climbing the charts, Iggy is finally taking her place as a genre-transcendent artist. She walks the line between rapper and pop star, ratchet and iconic. And her are fans eating it up, seizing the opportunity to come to shows, buying merchandise and singing along to every line.

A warm-up DJ set of perfectly mixed disco and deep house by Lauren Flax – a star in her own right – got the crowd into a girl power groove. When the dancers came out through the “Hotel Iggy door”, followed by Iggy herself, every phone and every hand was in the air. Iggy paused, posed and said “Stop. Think about it” just before dropping into the Steve Aoki produced “Beat Down”. It was immediately obvious she was practiced and ready – every word was clear, and her voice was powerful even without backing vocals (something some other rappers could certainly learn from).

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Iggy Azalea Delivers Danceable Inspiration on ‘The New Classic’

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By  Chelsea Whitaker

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.

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New Release: Iggy Azalea – ‘The New Classic’

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The sassy and flashy Iggy Azalea today drops her debut album, The New Classic, which includes her bounce-worthy hits “Work,” “Bounce,” “Change Your Life,” and “Fancy.” Take a listen to the latest single below!

Her North American tour kicks off tomorrow at House of Blues in Boston and closes one month later on May 22 at Neptune in Seattle.

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Tour Dates
4/23 – House Of Blues, Boston, MA, US
4/24 – Telus Theatre, Montreal, QC, Canada
4/25 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada
4/26 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, US
4/27 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL, US
5/02 – The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD, US
5/03 – Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, US
5/05 – Irving Plaza, New York City, NY, US
5/07 – Centrestage, Atlanta, GA, US
5/16 – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA, US
5/17 – House Of Blues, San Diego, CA, US
5/18 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA, US
5/21 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
5/22 – Neptune, Seattle, WA, US

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