Before Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won four Grammy Awards yesterday (January 26), Iggy Azalea spoke about why she feels a special connection to Macklemore.

“I did the XXL Freshmen cover with Macklemore about two years ago,” Iggy Azalea said during an interview that was published yesterday through the Grammys’ YouTube page. “And I had no idea who this kid was when he came through the door and he rapped in my cypher. He was the only person that day that had a message in what he wanted to say even then. I was like, ‘Who’s this guy? What’s his story?’ He just has had such an amazing journey.” 

Iggy Azalea and Macklemore were joined on the XXL Freshmen cover in 2012 by Hopsin, Future, French Montana and Danny Brown, among others. A full list of the artists featured on the 2012 XXL Freshmen issue and a photograph of their class picture can be viewed here



Her XXL 2012 Freshmen classmate had a chart-topping 2013 after the 2012 release of his and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist. Azalea discussed what it was like to see Macklemore’s many singles chart. 

“It floored me and surprised me to see what a hit he had last year…multiple hits, really,” Azalea said. “I’m so proud of him. I just can’t wait to see him perform. I feel like I’m performing I’m so proud of him…He deserves it so much, so much, and I’m so excited to see him tonight.” 

Macklemore won four Grammys yesterday (January 27), including Rap Album of the Year. Macklemore has said that he feels Kendrick Lamar was “robbed” of a Grammy. A view of his text message to Kendrick Lamar can be viewed here. A full list of the 2014 Grammy Award winners can be viewed here

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