Iggy Azalea on tumultuous year: "I was losing control over my own life"
UPI News Service, 03/02/2016
Iggy Azalea would like to forget the negativity of 2015 and hopes to move on with the help of her upcoming album, Digital Distortion.
In a recent interview with Elle Canada, the Australian-born, Los Angeles-based rapper said if she could "memory-erase" last year, Men in Black-style, she would.
"For me, what happened, not just on social media but with everything in my career, was like a whirlwind," she said. "I started to feel like I was losing control over my own life...It was really scary."
Azalea, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, has sparked controversy since her rise to fame parallel to Azealia Banks in 2012.
The two stars have long since been at odds, sparking race-fueled arguments about Azalea's alleged insensitive lyrics.
In the interview, the Aussie musician reiterated her dislike for Banks, saying her Twitter feud with her sparked most of the following negativity surrounding her career.
"We don't like each other on a personal level, and that has gone on for many years -- before the Black Lives Matter incident happened," she said. "So when I dismissed her, people started to think that I dismissed the whole movement, but I wasn't trying to dismiss Black Lives Matter -- I was trying to dismiss her because it's our personal [expletive]."
"I don't think the subject matter of her tweet was invalid; I just think it was emotionally charged and driven by something else, and the whole thing got so misconstrued," she continued. "I just wish I had acknowledged the issue head-on because it made people think I don't care about what's going on socially and what's happening in America, and I do care."
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Azalea most recently defended herself in the public sphere when American rapper Macklemore called her out in his song "White Privilege II." She claimed even though she might not speak out on racial issues on social media, it doesn't mean she doesn't help "behind the scenes."
Despite the political and social issues pop culture has attached to Azalea's public persona, the rapper said she won't be bringing them up in her music.
"I think it's important for music to reflect what is going on socially and for there to be those kinds of voices within the industry," she said. "But I want to be that person you can listen to for four minutes and not think about that stuff at all, and it's important to have that too."
Overall, Azalea said she learned some people will never agree with her, despite whatever amounts of energy she will put in her explanations, "and that's just life."
"In a weird way, I'm glad for it all," she added. "Because of what happened, there were a lot of friendships I ended up rekindling and people I started working with again. It made me reflect and change things that I may not have even considered changing before. So, I'm really glad that it all happened."
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