Iggy Azalea Explains The Sexual Imagery Of Her Music

Iggy Azalea talks about the sexually-charged imagery behind her music and why American audiences can't handle it.

Complex recently caught up with 2012 XXL Freshman Iggy Azalea to talk about her career thus far. During the interview, the Australian Grand Hustle/Interscope signee spoke on the pressures of being a female emcee and the sexually-charge imagery associated with her brand.

Azalea explained that her appearance as a sexual female rapper has always been more problematic in the States than it has in her native homeland. She said that as a result, a lot of what she actually talks about in her music gets overshadowed by her appearance. 

"So much of what I do that’s controversial in America wouldn’t be a big deal back home. America is a highly sexualized society but people are afraid to admit what they like," she explained. "When people tell me that I have to be sexy that’s demeaning, not powerful...to a lot of people, a powerful, sexy woman is vulgar. When I first came out people said, 'She only raps about her vagina.' I’m not a vagina rapper! [Laughs]. I talk about many other things."

Check out Complex's extended interview with Iggy Azalea below.

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40 Comments

  • TEXAS

    SO WHEN YOU DONT SELL IN THE U.S.A IGGY WILL BLAME IT SEX .....YEAH RIGHT NICE TRY

  • Anonymous

    Ya'll must see worse than Stevie Wonder... this bitch is NOT HOTT!!!

  • Anonymous

    She looks just like a younger version of Tip's mother-in-law.

  • So Icy Boi!

    I wud bone Iggy's ass. fap swag fap swag fap swag fap swag fap swag.

  • SunzQB

    Hot as hell wid make-up on,as soon as you wipe it off her looks go wid it.

  • Anonymous

    10 years from now will there even be black rappers in the mainstream...smh. Major labels cant market black rappers to a white public. Look at EM. If he was black his last three albums would have flop because they wasnt that good. The only reason they sold was because he is white and white will do anything to make sure EM is considered a goat even if he has fallen off...smh. Keep it real I dont know anybody that ride around bumping EM and Im white/mexican People are jamming Big Krit Curren$y Kendrick Lamar Jay Electronica Elizhi Nas Jiggy Kayne School Boy Q. Other than Nas jiggy and Kayne the rest of the young rappers cant get any shine on the mainstream but ask yourself this if they were white would they have blown up by now. yes Im from the Suburbs of Chicago and I love hip hop music but I dont like the direction that its going into. Im being non bias and even tho I hate the flack that white rappers get I get it. Alot of black people that I know seeing the shift and even tho its some garbarge black rappers some feel like they wouldnt have a voice if it wasnt for Corporate America and they look at Corporate America as majority white. A lot of my black friends hate Rick Ross Gucci and Lil Wayne but I know one thing when I go to parties you know who playing all this b.s. its white suburban rapping to lil wayne and gucci and throwing the N-word around like they tough and cool...its kind of sicking if you ask me. Like what do you know about being a real N***a. Because I got some black friends that would go up aside your head and you wouldnt do shit but take it. To me white teeny boopers keep Gucci and Lil Wayne hot...just go to the concerts and see who is the majority...I mean how you think they make their money off of concerts. Im done but fuck yall with that racist shit because I get what black people say because I actually have black friends. Some of you are just posers and if you went to the hood you would piss in your pants so just keep being tough on the internet but we all know you soft...thatsisall

    • @Anonymous

      Its not a contradiction. he obviously means black rappers with 'real' hiphop music! like kendrick lamar for example. not lil wayne and his loli pop shit.

    • Anonymous

      you contradicted yourself dummy. "they cant market black rappers" who you think buys Wayne, Drake, OF, all the mainstream black rappers? white folks. they'll buy whoever is shoved down their throat.

    • duh

      your post is so ignorant I can't even decide where to start with it....read up on the history of popular culture and cultural anthropology of your own country. Try using someone other than Benzino, more cancerous to the culture than 100 white MCs, as the basis for your argument.

  • Rodrick

    I agree with what the guy at the bottom of the page said, somewhere in Boston Benzino is sitting back with a smirk on his face saying "I told ya so"

  • Anonymous

    in the voice of eazy e - "bitch shut the fuck up"

  • grrrreeg

    Anyone who is calling her a vagina rapper is not a real hip hop head in the least because a real head wouldn't be talking about her.

  • DL Dub

    Lotta people hating out here. Eh anything I've heard from her content wise, I cant really speak on because she has 2 amazing distractions, her body and her flow. Put together she is a fantastic video rapstress. Put it this way, I'd take her over Nicki any day.

  • TheKidWithTheJheriCurlz

    this bitch needs to fall to porn when her rap career fails. I'd definitely pay a $1 a month of Brazzers or Bangbros to watch this bitch take 1-9inch cocks up her pu$$y.

  • Bx

    You are all a bunch of whining little bitches. Listen to you all complain like old women. What's wrong with this girl doing her thing ? Are you all afraid of seeing some titties ? Stop complaining you bitch ass haters and get a life.

    • Anonymous

      @Mr Flamboyant: Co-sign, shes wack (regardless of race) but I'd still fuck her.

    • Mr Flamboyant

      WTF are YOU talking about, dumb nigga? You sound like you're trying to brown nose to smelll her pussy. Simp ass. The people are speaking on her because of two key things: 1. She's insulting everyone's intelligence with this bullshit she's trying to pass and rationalize 2. She's wack as fuck. Now you come on here talkin about "what's wrong with her doing her thing?" and "afraid of seeing some titties". The hell that has to do with any damn thing? Any damn thing being she's saying Americans can't handle sexual imagery as if we haven't seen bitches sell sex over skills/talent before her fraudulent wack ass. She's ethering herself badly. And we all know why Tip signed her: To make money off of some bullshit. We have blind and mindless sheep like you co-signing some utter trash. Both you and this chick are smart dumb. And to the other imps that try to make this a race thing...please. Wack comes in all different colors. Her wack ass is just white, australian, or whatever the hell she is. She's getting paid on the mockeries and stereotypes of black people, you clowns. Read her complex article "who is iggy azalea" if you don't believe it. And yeah...I'd bone her ass. Just like the rest of the other niggas here that says she's wack. You're ho ass just wanna cake and smell and say you talked to her. We don't wanna hear her say shit unless it's "put it in my mouth" "stick it in my ass" "fuck the shit out of me" "yes" "how high"...You bitch ass buying hoes candy ass onion soup eating banana head bitch.

  • jack

    we can handle how much of a slut you are, we just cant handle how much you suck

  • jr88

    ti just signed you so he can hit it...lol...it has nothing to do with race but your rapping sucks but i would fuck you...lol

  • toondela

    Take yo ass back down there then. Ain't bringing nothin new to the game but a face

  • slut

    stupid slut whore stop sucking on Tips tip you cant rap bitch!

  • Daniel

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  • Anonymous

    You dont have to explain how you use sex to make up for your lack of talent. We get it dumb bitch

  • Skoot

    I've bin listen to Iggy since last summer.. She has flo.. Yu think T.I. signed her for no reason?? For yu niggas to say she's whack bkas she'a white rapper get over yourselves .. Shit like that needs to stop.. a 17 yr old boy was just shot and killed for racial profiling and y'all get on these blog sites with the same dumb shit..

    • Anonymous

      This is not about race because there are more black rappers that get hated on than white rappers. Lil Wayne Game and a lot of rappers fromt he South. Not to mention Rick Ross...go try asshole and Im white...smh. Forgive my people

    • Anonymous

      im about as white as they come and Iggy is straight garbage. u want a real female MC then Nitty Scott is where it's at. TI is a business man he knows what he doing this bitch is gonna bring in lots of money b/c she is hot and yes white.

    • BlazeDatIshUp

      I think she's wack and it has nothing to do with her race. She is wack. I know a lot of black, white, latino and asian rappers who are dope as fuck, and some of them are underground right now too. I listen to all genres of music and I don't care about race, just the music, creativity, originality, overall vibe, etc so not all of us folks saying she's wack care about her race. No need to catch feelings because people have a different opinion about this dumb broad.

    • anom

      Thank you! There are wack ass black rappers out there and people still fuck with them. It has nothing to do with race. If you were to put me in a room with Iggy I would smash that, than make a beat for her cause shit, she can rock a beat nicely.

  • Anonymous

    Everytime I see these new cornball white rappers, who seem to be popping up out the blue every 5 minutes, it makes me understand what Benzino was getting at 10 years ago, as an Em fan I just wrote him off as a Racist but when you look at whats going on today, he wasnt far off at all

    • Anonymous

      Good points from both parties

    • Anonymous

      there's been more way more "cornball" black rappers than white rappers and most of them are or have been popular lil john mike jones chingy most of the young money crew everybody that made crunk music gucci mane waka flocka shop boyz can go on with black rappers that had part in ruining hiphop than white rappers

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    What's there to explain. Where has this idiot been? She does realize that many others have been there done that with the sexual imagery way before her dumb wack ass. And they did it better than she ever will be able to do it..I hope she doesn't think she is sexy or some shit, cuz she is not at all. This broad needs to just hurry up and flop, so she can get dropped and get the fuck outta here. She's just another wack rapper who feels herself too much and is buying into her own hype.

  • shawnb

    Another bullshit artist fuck man my condolences hiphop may u rest in peace

  • thought dog

    She acts like we havent been overdosed with sexually charged bullshit for the last 30 years.

  • Anonymous

    What is bitch talking about nobody even knows about her over here.

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