MDP ON Music Vids: Iggy Azalea

iggy-azalea-01-2014-billboard-650This gal sure has them talking! I’ve listened to a lot of interviews with Iggy Azalea and just as many opinion pieces about her, and I can say with conviction that the girl’s got metal. People are either hating her for her accent, her rapping style, the fact that she’s a white woman, the fact that she’s an Australian usurper, the fact that she’s got a signature booty, the fact that TI’s her mentor…the list goes on. And despite all of that, she’s selling tunes and kicking heads. More power to her!

iggy-azalea-cover-03-2014-billboard-400Though I don’t like some of her hyper-sexualised video imagery (Pussy for one), and (not surprisingly) most of her lyrics are about sticking it to the man (or men and women) who’ve made her journey so tough, I LOVE Iggy’s beats, and I’m super impressed with her stage confidence.

It makes me cringe to listen to some of the crudely personal questions she’s asked about her body and private life, and yet she seems to handle it with adroit deflection. I can’t even begin to imagine how tough it must have been/still is for her trying to find a place in a corner of the music world that is determined to expose her as phoney and talent-less.

I think she’s a determined young woman who’s worked incredibly hard, has a passion for hip hop, and an ear for the best way to pop it up. I also think it’s completely irrelevant whether she writes her own material or not (a matter for endless/pointless discussion on the ‘webs). It’s all about the delivery, and she sure knows how to do that. The Clueless-inspired video for her single Fancy was…well…inspired, and the Bollywood Bounce extravaganza was hectic fun.

New classic, old classic, no classic…Iggy is boss! Music folk: there’s room for everyone.

 

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 

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