Iggy Azalea was the topic of many conversations in 2014, and it doesn’t look like much has changed in 2015.
The nearly 6-foot tall Aussie (she’s a smooth 5’10) chopped it up with GQ to discuss her forthcoming sophomore album, and “The Great Escape” tour.
While the 24 year old understands most artists only have a few successful years, she hopes to leave a lasting impression.
“You never know how long you’ll be in people’s good graces, especially in this business. So I hope it’s long—but I could be here for three or four years and then be out, like most artists. So it depends. I might be here for a long time. At the very worst, if I have a short-lived career, at least I could say I sparked a change—that I inspired some leniency in what people accept in hip-hop. And if I have a very long career and can be gyrating in a leotard at 35, that would be great.”
While Azalea is adored by her “Azaleans” fans, the “Fancy” emcee has also experienced her fair share of hate (cough Azalea Banks), which she’s able to brush under the rug due to all her accolades.
“Uh, awards season helps. Anytime where people get to choose who they want to have a voice and they choose me, I just think that makes it worth it. And that gives me the patience to just bite my tongue. When people choose me as the person they think should be speaking for them, I think, Well, I don’t really care what someone in the industry or another artist has to say about it. Your opinion is biased anyway, because you want people to listen to your voice. So having actual people who choose me, it makes me think, I have a place, and I don’t care what other people have to say about it. I was a fan of rap music growing up, and I didn’t feel like there were enough characters that represented me and my situation. So I think it’s needed.”