Iggy Azalea Blooms For Complex & Talks A$AP Rocky Breakup: “I Definitely Hated His Guts!”
Iggy Azalea is an “American Beauty” for Complex’s October/November 2013 issue and she’s not just baring all on the cover. Posing nude for shoot inspired by the 1999 film, the Australian-born MC strips away any misconceptions you may have about her and opens up about what it means to be a white rapper in America.
“Yeah, it’s retarded,” Iggy exclaims. “The Rolling Stones go to America, play ‘black’ blues music, and nobody has a fucking issue with it or thinks it’s weird. But here we are, 50 years later, in the 21st century, and people are like, ‘This is so weird that you’re white, from another country, and you like black music.’ Why is it not weird for Keith Richards or Mick Jagger, but it’s so weird and taboo for me? Do you think a kid liking my music is gonna make rap music some other thing, or that all of a sudden nobody’s gonna like Scarface?”
Signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle imprint, Iggy is hard at work putting the finishing touches on her debut album that she’s titled . And if you’re pissed off about it, she apparently couldn’t care less. “If you’re mad about it and you’re a black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too,” she scoffed. “I’m not taking anyone’s spot, so make yourself a mixtape. Or maybe if you’re black, start singing like a country singer and be a white person. I don’t know. Why is it such a big deal? This is the entertainment industry. It’s not politics. You should be more concerned about the message, not the voices saying it.”
The 23-year-old blonde beauty also dished the dirt on her failed romance with A$AP Rocky and questionable A$AP tattoo. “I’ve never regretted it. I fucking loved him,” she confessed. “I know he loved me, too. I felt like he was somebody I could count on who loved me for being me, and I don’t want to forget that. I would sacrifice a quarter of a pinky for those memories. That’s why I didn’t cross it out all the way, because if I’d covered it up all the way, that says I’m embarrassed. You shouldn’t be ashamed of the trials of becoming an adult. I wanted people to know I’m free for more possible love interests, but also not ashamed.”
Iggy does regret that her relationship with A$AP went public in the first place. “I’d date somebody in the industry again, but the number one thing I regret saying publicly is that I fucking loved Rakim [A$AP Rocky],” Iggy revealed. “These are the things that happen when you say you love somebody in the media: Every person that person’s ever had sex with, who would still like to have sex with them, will say what a lame bitch you are. Every person who’s ever had sex with me, who wants to have sex with me still, will say how wack the guy is. Then, everybody who has an ulterior motive business-wise is gonna come at us and tell us every reason why we shouldn’t fuck with each other. Little seeds get planted. ‘Does she really love you? Did she say that because she’s using you for attention? You should be dating a black girl.’ Blogs do voting polls: ‘Do you think they’re a good couple or not?’ I fucking hated that. It’s not a song. It’s a relationship, and you’re not in it, by the way.”
And while Iggy and Rakim are no longer together, they remain friends…sort of. “I definitely hated his guts and he hated my guts for a few months. [Laughs] It was a legit ‘Fuck you! Fuck you! Peace out.’ But once you’ve had a few months to look at things in retrospect you realize maybe you don’t hate that person, you hate whatever caused the breakup, and you both failed in the relationship. I don’t call him up and have conversations and I wouldn’t say Rocky is my friend, but there are times I’ve congratulated him on things he’s achieved and he occasionally congratulates me on shit that he’s proud of. We’re cordial and I respect him, but there’s a separation.”
Check out Iggy’s full spread with Complex below and read the full interview here. Do you think Iggy can become “the new classic” of rap?