Iggy Azalea Discusses Her Musical Influences, Identifying with Australian Culture and More with The Pop Manifesto

Iggy Azalea recently sat down with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd at The Pop Manifesto to discuss her musical journey thus far.  Iggy goes over her musical influences, relating to Australian culture, her “Southern” accent, and more.

Check out some excerpts from the interview below.

How did you first get into music growing up? Do you remember the first time rap really affected you?

Yes, with Tupac and The Outlawz, “Baby Don’t Cry.” It was the song that made me fall in love with music and also what sparked my Tupac fascination. That would later make me pick up my own pen and write songs.

Gathering that Tupac has had a big impression on you, have you been influenced by any female rappers?

I love Missy Elliott. She created her own spot and her own brand of style and sexy.

You grew up in Australia, but have been living in the US since you were a teenager. How much do you still identify with Australia?

To be 100% honest, I don’t have any friends in Australia, just my family. I identify with Australian culture, of course; I was raised there. But there are parts of other cultures I identify with more, which is why I moved. I don’t think it matters where you or your fans are from in order for you to have things in common; we are all people no matter where we live, and we go through the same major things that shape the type of people we are. Love, loss, frustrations, being misunderstood, etc. These are all universal things that stick us together as human beings.

You sound pretty Southern when you rap, but quite Australian when you speak. How did you cultivate the Southern in your music? How did you develop your style?

I lived in the South for five years; you pick up things from your surroundings and teachers. The people who taught me to rap are all from the South and so was the music I had listened to as a teen.

So, you are not gonna surprise us all and go pop?

I’ve never compromised my musical style and “gone pop” before—which would have made life a lot easier—so I don’t plan on backtracking now. I don’t believe in “picking” a sound—I just get in the studio and make what feels right to me at the time.

To read the interview in its entirety, click here.

[Via The Pop Manifesto]

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