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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Nikki & Rich: “Next Best Thing” Remixes by Jazzy Jeff, Trent Mazur, Steve Aoki & More

Nikki & Rich are gearing up to release their eclectic, genre-defying debut album Everything this summer on Reprise Records. The swaggering first single “Next Best Thing,” which the duo unleashed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April, has now been remixed by some of the best hands in the game. We have colossal remixes from Trent Mazur, Steve Aoki, Jazzy Jeff, Drek Martinez, Jesse Marco & Jus Ske, and Gigamesh. Check out the video for the album version.

“Next Best Thing” (Jazzy Jeff Remix #2):

 

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Uffie: Crunk & Grime

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New Giant Step contributor Lily Kane ruminates on the worldwide pop star Uffie. Expect more from Lily in the future…

A new guilty pleasure in my life is Uffie, the American-born, Hong-Kong raised, cute-as-a-button electro chick. But the more I learn about her  (she’s been working with Steve Aoki and Ed Banger Records’ crew for a minute now), the less guilty I feel. Hell, I’m proud of it. I’d wear a hot neon Uffie T-shirt. Wanna fight about it?

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The first time I heard Uffie, it was a while ago in some iPod DJ mix (I wanna say Girl Talk. Either that, or my cousin’s mix, it doesn’t matter.) The mix contained a bit of Uffie’s song “Hot Chick” with these fuck-off lyrics: ‘I’m like, hot chick that you can’t even touch / I’m like this cold-ass bitch and I ain’t ready to suck’. So obviously I loved this girl immediately. They’re questionable lyrics and I soon found out, as you will, that Uffie is just bursting with questionable lyrics. I would say this is a Level 1 on her personal Offensiveness Scale of 1-10. The lyrics, while always entertaining to me, are mostly idiotic, but the songs are perfect party anthems.

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