Australian rapper, Iggy Azalea sat down with Dazed Digital for an in-depth interview and pool-side shoot. In the interview Iggy opens up about leaving Australia with her meth-addicted 26 year old friend at the young age of sixteen, rapping alongside Sudanese refugees to sharpen her craft, refusing to be the next Britney Spears, and growing up with hippy parents in a super small town names Mullumbimby, Asutralia, Tupac, gender, and a ton more.
Highlights from Iggy’s interview below:
On her upbringing in Mullumbimby: “ I was born in Sydney, but my family moved to Mullumbimby when I was still a baby, into a house on 12 acres that my father built by hand from mudbricks. Yeah, mudbricks, by hand. Everybody there just like, takes ecstasy and like, gets a glowstick and a pair of gumboots. And I was like, ‘I don’t want to do that’. It’s like, dreadlocks, no shoes, lots of weed-smoking, hemp clothing, a lot of tie-dye shit going on, that kind of thing,”
On getting into the world of rap & attending rap battles: “There’s a motel in Mullumbimby where I once had a job as a chambermaid, making beds and emptying dustbins. I was only 14, so I would save up my cash so that I could travel to rap battles in Sydney.” “I used to be really sad,” she says. “Everybody would laugh at me and be like, ‘You want to be American,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to be American. I’m Australian but I like this stuff. I was always outcast and didn’t have many friends, but once I connected with rap I just went for it super hard.” where I worked when I was 14, I worked as a chambermaid, making beds and emptying dustbins. I would save up her cash so that I could travel to rap battles in Sydney, a A$60, one-and-a-half-hour plane-ride away.” As you can imagine, it was lonely being the only rapper in Mullumbimby. “I used to be really sad,” she says. “Everybody would laugh at me and be like, ‘You want to be American,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t want to be American. I’m Australian but I like this stuff. I was always outcast and didn’t have many friends, but once I connected with rap I just went for it super hard.”
” MySpace is how I started connecting with other rappers. I started visiting Lismore, a town about an hour’s bus ride away, where I’d hang out with Sudanese refugees and jam. Lismore had a refugee program, and all the people from Sudan liked hip hop and I liked hip hop, so we would all be at the cipher zone,” says Iggy. “That’s where they play a beat, and then everybody’s standing around and it’s like, I say my rap, and you have to say your rap.”
On leaving Mullumbimby at the age of 16: “I just knew I wanted to go to America and be a rapper and have a ponytail and a leopardskin jacket that went down to my feet, and like, 20 white, fluffy dogs on one leash.” She told her mum she wanted to go on holiday to Miami with her best friend, a 26-year-old lawyer who seemed to have her shit together. What her mother didn’t know was that this was a lie – her friend was a meth-addicted bag-whore who happened to practice law, and Iggy had no intention of going to the US with her anyway – her plan was to go alone. “The last time I saw that girl she was fucking for crystal meth,” says Iggy, her voice lowering. “We were at a ‘party’ and it was like, ten guys sitting in a dark room with guns everywhere, bagging up cocaine and smoking crystal meth, and I was like, ‘I don’t know what the fuck type of party this is, but I do not like these types of parties.’”
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