Iggy Azalea is a rapper who needs no introduction, which is a remarkable achievement for a woman who is yet to release her debut album. However with a series of impressive singles under her belt, a handful of awe-inspiring festival performances and collaborations with the likes Charli XCX and T.I, it's not really surprising that she's rapidly becoming a household name.
The Australian rapper first gained worldwide attention when she released the sexually charged video for under-ground hit 'PU$$Y', which went viral. She then released her second mixtape Trapgold and was quickly snapped up by Virgin EMI records and has since been working on her first album - The New Classic.
Azalea gets the ball rolling with 'Walk The Line' where she announces to her fans "this that new classic" alongside announcing "check the rate that they pay me, a giant could never slay me" - an indicator that she's now making the big bucks from her rapid rise to fame as one of the few white female rappers in the business. I feel like 'Walk The Line' was the perfect track to open this highly-anticipated release. It's not weak but it's also a little reserved in the respect that listeners will still be unsure of what to expect.
'Don't Need Y'all' is a stripped back rap track which has some serious Drake vibes. It's a very similar sound to something you'd expect the 'Hold On We're Going Home' singer to have on one of his albums. Despite the evident Drizzy influence, it's generally a decent track which appears to discuss the rap sirens rise to fame and the influence it had on the people around her. Low on production and more about Iggy's ability as a vocalist - both as a rapper and a singer, we experience a bit of both in 'Don't Need Y'all'.
Despite it already being released as a single, it's impossible not to mention 'Fancy feat. Charli XCX'. It's simply destined to be a cult classic. It's such a well structured catchy collaboration between two up-and-coming highly talented contemporary artists. The video, sticking with the cult classic theme, pays homage to the '90s comedy film Clueless and I am really hoping it gets a nod at next years MTV Music Video Awards or even shortlisted for Best Music Video at the Grammys. A creative clip which highlights Azalea's potential as both a musician and a visual artist.
Another contemporary collaboration featured on the album is on the track 'Black Widow' feauring Rita Ora. Everything about this piece screams commercial success: the catchy chorus, the club-beat which is recurring throughout and not to mention the fact that Rita Ora is already no stranger to having her name high up in the charts. Although it's not the best track on the album (certainly not the worst), for a commercial offering it's actually quite impressive and I suspect that this will be released as a single at some point in the near future.
'Work' and 'Lady Patra (Feat. Mavado)' seem like two of the crowning jewels in the collection. Iggy sings about queens and the opera over the top of an electronic seemingly sci-fi influenced backdrop throughout 'Lady Partra' before spitting bars about her roots and her journey to success in 'Work', the latter of which was released over a year ago and which put in motion the hype for what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest albums of the year.
The last track I want to mention is 'Goddess' which is out of this world and probably one of the better, if not the best, tracks on the album. Filled with roaring electric guitar solos and heavy drum beats not to mention Azalea bellowing "Bow down to a goddess, bow down to goddess," this single-worthy recording sounds like the one that will eventually be used to close big festival slots and create the biggest reaction for fans at gigs. Twerk-inducing and loud; 'Goddess' is the game-changer for Iggy Azalea and the glistening cherry on top of the immaculately produced, lyrically creative gem that is The New Classic.
You can pre-order the album here, comes out next week!!