Interview: Iggy Azalea On Fame, ‘Fancy’ and the Unattractively Talented
By Courtney E. Smith
When Radio.com called Iggy Azalea to chat in advance of the U.S. release of her album The New Classic, she tells us she was in the middle of cleaning her oven. It just goes to show: you can hit every red carpet in the world, be featured on the pages of Vogue and have one of the most successful music videos currently on the internet but if you’re a woman you’ve still got to clean your own stove.
Just the same, Azalea made time to talk to us about her appearance in Vogue, identifying with Cher from Clueless and how many unattractive but talented people she knows.
Radio.com: Was the process of finally getting this album out in the U.S. what you expected?
Iggy Azalea: Yeah, I suppose so. I don’t know if I expect anything. I think other people expect things and I think to myself, “Hey look, I do female rap.” That’s what I am, I’m a female rapper. That’s always a weird situation, you never know how it’s going to be. It’s not the most popular kind of thing in the world. I never really expected [my career choice] to turn me into Katy Perry-level fame, because I know it’s not that popular with people. I think I’m pleasantly surprised that people seem to be interested. [Laughs] That’s always good.
I guess it’s what I expected, but I don’t expect too much. Not that I would ever settle for average, I always try the hardest I could try and hope I could achieve good things but at the same time if I don’t, or when I don’t, I think, “Well, you know — it is what it is.” I do make rap music, it’s not exactly the biggest seller. But you still hope.
I think I’m fairly on the mark with my disappointment levels. I’m not very disappointed, so I’m feeling good.
Did you get a sense of a change in perception around you after the “Fancy” video?
Yeah, I’d say so. I don’t know what it is, I guess people really love Clueless [Laughs].