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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 3, 2018 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 19, 2019 | Bad Dreams Records - EMPIRE

Following her mainstream breakthrough in 2014, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea experienced a meteoric rise that fizzled almost as quickly as it started. With the follow-up to her debut continually delayed and fraught with behind-the-scenes label confusion, she tried to release a project titled Digital Distortion, which was eventually canceled. Stopgap EP Survive the Summer landed in 2018, showcasing a dark, trap-heavy sound that lacked the spirit and attitude of Hot 100 hits "Fancy," "Problem," and "Black Widow." That sound carried forth onto her official sophomore release, In My Defense, a stubborn and unapologetic collection of braggadocio and vulgarity that finds Azalea backed into a defensive corner with little artistic growth. Album opener "Thanks I Get" conveys her distorted point-of-view and wastes little time taking credit for breaking ground that was already broken by her predecessors. Issues of cultural appropriation aside, she continues on the obstinate "Clap Back" by spitting, among other things, "Cause I talk like this and my ass fat/They be saying Iggy tryna act black." Indeed, if an attempt was made to process, explain, or even acknowledge her privilege, Azalea might be able to garner some understanding and sympathy. Instead, she just continues for another ten tracks, bragging, boasting, and fronting without any depth. Guests Lil Yachty, Kash Doll, and Juicy J make appearances to boost Azalea's credibility, but their verses only serve to break the monotony of these dozen same-sounding retreads. After a half-decade of life lessons, Azalea could have gone in a certain cathartic and mature direction. However, on In My Defense, she opted for a less gracious and, ultimately, exhausted route. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 3, 2018 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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On her all-too-brief EP Survive the Summer, Iggy Azalea attempts to reassert herself at the top of the female rap pack by reminding listeners of her lyrical dexterity and delivery via six tracks that barely clock in at 15 minutes. Fortunately, with a heavy dose of confidence and aggression, she proves her basic abilities with hardcore posturing, raunchy quips, and a heavy amount of boasting, making this a listenable (if not forgettable) diversion from a rapper trying to recapture the limelight. With Azalea plagued by years of album delays and label issues, what was purported to be a full-length is just an EP, and a serviceable stopgap to buy her some time. The trap-heavy production keeps the Australian transplant firmly rooted in the South, especially on the Wiz Khalifa-assisted "OMG," which could have been a Gucci Mane joint. Unlike past hits where the dance-friendly beats and mainstream crossover potential helped propel her to Top Ten heights, they mostly take a back seat here, allowing Azalea the space to reestablish herself with pure skill. She explains the tumultuous period between releases on the title track before diving headlong into a string of ominous and threatening hardcore rap recalling earlier mixtapes. "Tokyo Snow Trip" is her darkest and most menacing offering to date, taking vocal cues from Ying Yang Twins, while the hypnotic Tyga collaboration "Kream" channels Wu-Tang with a direct sample and plenty of grit. "Hey Iggy" -- which turns Toni Basil's "Mickey" into a love letter to herself (and her derriere) -- is the lightest entry on the EP, and it still sounds more intimidating than fun. Survive the Summer presents Azalea as a hardcore rapper with little desire to court the mainstream, which was once her bread and butter. Her flow is effective and the production pops, but it's just not as enjoyable with the fun sucked out of it. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 16, 2017 | Black Diamond Media

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 3, 2019 | Bad Dreams Records - EMPIRE

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Miscellaneous - Released March 15, 2019 | Bad Dreams Records - EMPIRE

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Miscellaneous - Released May 15, 2012 | Grand Hustle - Iggy Azalea

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 19, 2017 | Def Jam Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 23, 2017 | Def Jam Recordings

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 1, 2014 | Virgin EMI

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2014 | Virgin EMI

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's rise to Island Records/Hustle Gang status was quite strange, seeing as how she was a high fashion model gone Dirty South rap, like some kind of Down Under mix of Lana Del Rey and Trina. Dating A$AP Rocky meant she had her rap game proper, and it was all the more tantalizing when her privileged party anthems landed some whip smart punch lines, but two tracks into The New Classic, "Don't Need Y'all" take her from detached to jaded, making this debut album one icy cold coming out party. By the album-closing "F**K Love," her snarled declaration "I'm already in love with myself" is a redundant credo of epic proportions, but get past the narrow "me me me" theme of the album and it's amazing how "live" it all feels. Chalk it up to cutting-edge taste as trapstep group Watch the Duck turn the cut "100" into something blog-worthy, while a Mavado appearance and an electro-dancehall production from the Invisible Men and the Arcade make "Lady Patra" the highlight to pick for Mad Decent or Diplo fans. Put the tried and true singalong "Change Your Life" with T.I. on the track list, along with the traptastic "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX, and The New Classic features an EP or so worth of memorable moments that mash fashion, sass, high tax bracket mackin', and flashy beats. Taken in as an album and Azalea's constant "bow down" attitude makes this a cuckoldish experience, so think "some will pay for what others pay to avoid" and approach accordingly. ~ David Jeffries
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Dance - Released July 28, 2017 | Def Jam Recordings

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Dance - Released March 9, 2018 | Island Records (The Island Def Jam Music Group / Universal Music)

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 3, 2019 | Bad Dreams Records - EMPIRE

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2014 | Virgin EMI

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea's rise to Island Records/Hustle Gang status was quite strange, seeing as how she was a high fashion model gone Dirty South rap, like some kind of Down Under mix of Lana Del Rey and Trina. Dating A$AP Rocky meant she had her rap game proper, and it was all the more tantalizing when her privileged party anthems landed some whip smart punch lines, but two tracks into The New Classic, "Don't Need Y'all" take her from detached to jaded, making this debut album one icy cold coming out party. By the album-closing "F**K Love," her snarled declaration "I'm already in love with myself" is a redundant credo of epic proportions, but get past the narrow "me me me" theme of the album and it's amazing how "live" it all feels. Chalk it up to cutting-edge taste as trapstep group Watch the Duck turn the cut "100" into something blog-worthy, while a Mavado appearance and an electro-dancehall production from the Invisible Men and the Arcade make "Lady Patra" the highlight to pick for Mad Decent or Diplo fans. Put the tried and true singalong "Change Your Life" with T.I. on the track list, along with the traptastic "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX, and The New Classic features an EP or so worth of memorable moments that mash fashion, sass, high tax bracket mackin', and flashy beats. Taken in as an album and Azalea's constant "bow down" attitude makes this a cuckoldish experience, so think "some will pay for what others pay to avoid" and approach accordingly. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2014 | Virgin EMI

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2014 | Virgin EMI