Iggy Azalea (born 7 June 1990) is an Australian rapper, songwriter, and model. Born in Sydney and raised in Mullumbimby, Azalea moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a career in hip hop music, residing in the southern part of the country. She earned public recognition after releasing YouTube music videos for her songs “Pu$$y” and “Two Times”. She signed a record contract with T.I.’s imprint Grand Hustle Records in 2012, after gaining attention from her debut mixtape Ignorant Art.
Azalea’s debut studio album, The New Classic (2014), peaked among the top five of several charts worldwide and received generally mixed reviews. It topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums making Azalea the first non-American female rapper to reach the summit of the chart.The album was preceded by her debut single “Work”, and generated the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single “Fancy”, which made Azalea the fourth female rapper in the history of the chart to reach number one, claiming the longest-leading reign with seven consecutive weeks. Additionally, she was featured on Ariana Grande’s single “Problem”, which peaked at number two while “Fancy” was number one; Azalea joined The Beatles as the only acts to rank at numbers one and two simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 entries.She also went on to achieve three top ten hits simultaneously on the Hot 100 with the aforementioned songs along with the fifth single from the album, “Black Widow”, later that year. Azalea’s second studio album Digital Distortion is due in 2016. Its lead single, “Team”, was released on 18 March 2016.
Amethyst Amelia Kelly was born in Sydney and brought up in Mullumbim by, New South Wales. Her father, Brendan Kelly, was a painter and comic artist, while her mother, Tanya,cleaned holiday houses and hotels. Azalea lived in a house that her father built by hand from mud-bricks, surrounded by 5 hectares (12 acres) of land.According to Azalea, she has some Aboriginal (Indigenous Australian) ancestry: “My family came to Australia on the First Fleet. My family’s been in that country for a long time, over 100 years. If your family’s lived in Australia for a long time, everyone has a little bit of. I know my family does because we have an eye condition that only Aboriginal people have.” Azalea has also said that her father “made her look at as a teenager”, which has always influenced her life and work.She began rapping at age 14.Before embarking on a solo career, Azalea formed a group with two other girls from her neighbourhood: “I was like, I could be the rapper. This could be like TLC. I’ll be Left Eye.”Azalea eventually decided to disband the group because the other girls weren’t taking it seriously: “I take everything I do serious. I’m too competitive.”
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