Iggy Azalea opens up about her struggle, relationship with A$AP Rocky and her image in the latest issue of Dazed!
In the April issue of Dazed, the 21-year-old Australian rapper poses in a bikini ensemble alongside a pool for her feature story with the magazine. In the accompanying interview, Iggy discusses her growth as an artist, the meaning behind her tattoos and her youth.
Check out some of our favorite excerpts from the interview!
On the meaning behind her tattoos:
She had no tattoos until she moved to LA. Now she has several along the inside of her fingers, and one on her arm which reads “Trust Your Struggle” in flowing, cursive script. She drove past a wall, saw those words written on it, and got the tattoo about 20 minutes later. “Every single one of my tattoos I got the day I thought of it,” she says. Except for one, the one that reads “A$AP”, presumably in homage to her boyfriend A$AP Rocky. She thought about that one. “I was reading about tattoos, cos I like to know why I do crazy things,” she muses. “And they were saying how making something a part of your body is a way for you, in your mind, to try and control something. You know what I mean? When you feel out of control?”
Her First Big Blog Hit:
I woke up in the morning, and was like, ‘Oh, Perez put my video on the site.’ And that was like, nine o’clock and by 12 o’clock it had like 60,000 views and I was like, ‘Holy shit, that’s a lot of views,’ and by the end of the day it was on every other blog that existed
On LA and the city’s cocaine issue:
LA has been tough for Iggy; the business relationships masked as friendships, the coldness of showbiz. “It’s a hard city,” she says. “People only love you here if you’re somebody to love. Otherwise nobody cares.” Plus she was bummed out at how much blow everyone does in Hollywood. “Do not offer me any bumps, I’m not interested,” she says. “I’ve never done a bump. I’ve never done cocaine. I am not interested in trying or experimenting with any of that shit, cos I seen a bitch fucking for crystal meth, and she was just doing bumps a few months prior. So I’m not interested. I am 100 per cent uninterested.” Peezy chimes in here. “It’s definitely west-coast shit. When you’re in the south and you’re like, ‘I wanna do a bump,' everyone is like, ‘You’re Rick James, you’re a crackhead.’”
Check out the full interview here.
Photo Credit: Columbine Goldsmith