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.