The road to success hasn't been an easy one for Iggy Azalea, but she refuses to let the haters get her down. Despite the obstacles thrown her way, the Australian rapper continues to prove her resistance to negativity and focus on the future. In a recent interview with Hashtag Legend magazine, Azalea breaks down the meaning of her forthcoming Digital Distortion album and explains why she doesn't consider herself a great role model.
It's been nearly two years since Azalea dropped her debut album, The New Classic, where she delivered her iconic lyric: "First things first, I'm the realest." The project was filled with chart-topping singles like "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora and "Fancy" with Charli XCX. It even earned Azalea some enviable accolades.
When it comes to her second studio album, the 25-year-old is looking to offer her fans a new sound and vibe. Azalea admits the songs she chose for The New Classic were due to mainstream appeal and what she thought society would gravitate towards at that time. However, Azalea decided to take an entirely different approach with Digital Distortion in hopes of giving fans a more in-depth look of who she truly is.
A photo posted by #legend (@hashtag_legend) on Apr 27, 2016 at 9:04pm PDT
“With Digital Distortion, rather than following the trend, I was trying to create my own trend," Azalea told Hashtag Legend. "The intention is, ‘hey we live in this digital era, it’s really easy for people to distort your character and let the record show, this is my character that can’t really be twisted’, and I’m trying to sonically give you the vibe of what I would want to represent myself as.”
Azalea's character has been called into question on countless occasions, from other artists criticizing her realness and position in the hip hop world to her ongoing Twitter beef with Azealia Banks. The Internet chaos mixed with vicious social media trolls caused Azalea to take a break from it all.
Reflecting on her career thus far and personal growth, Azalea now believes she has a firm grasp of what works best for her. Despite sending positive messages to the public, supporting LGBTQ rights, and discovering just much power her platform holds, Azalea admits she's not the best person to look up to.
A photo posted by #legend (@hashtag_legend) on Apr 28, 2016 at 1:13am PDT
“As a role model, I don’t think I’m a great one." Azalea added. "But I would let my child listen to my music and I think I’m a cool person. I think I have a good message. I do consider what I do now knowing there are younger people watching and there are things I wouldn’t do on stage anymore that I used to do. But I don’t sit in the studios wondering what somebody’s mom would say about my lyrics.”
Digital Distortion is reportedly scheduled to hit stores sometime this June. An official tracklist for the project has yet to be released.