Iggy Azalea has been in a long-time battle with her identity as a rapper and now people are getting to see what she can do on a full length album, The New Classic. She has been trying to get it across that she could be the queen of the Dirty South, but will people believe it?
I don’t think so. She’s a decent rapper, but she isn’t impressing people with anything that hasn’t been done before. There’s plenty of potential, but she missed the mark on her first try. For a debut album, it’s good, but it’s not the new classic, so it’s not getting the double thumbs up from me. It falls short of the high hopes that many had put in place for her. She has a lot to live up to, especially since she’s standing in the shadow of Nicki Minaj.
It’s already hard being the white girl from Australia and trying to be a rapper, but now she wants people to believe she’s as ghetto as she makes it seem in her songs. The other side to this all, is that she’s coming off of a decent sounding mixtape and the album just couldn’t carry over that intensity she was bringing before. It was much more raw and now it’s much more dull.
The best sounding track was her single, “Fancy,” because she threw together a quick theme, but it lost steam quick. She doesn’t rap about anything. She doesn’t have any real reason for what she’s saying, so of course her whole album is going to sound the same way, especially since she approached the album with no focus.
“Fancy,” fell short of great, “Work,” fell short of great and so did “Bounce.” The whole album showed signs of a real skill, but it just doesn’t stand as tall as her ego.
Her fans, a majority of men, are simply falling for her body and not her flow. She had the image that the record labels wanted, but it wasn’t what the Hip-Hop world wanted. She’s a little Barbie doll, but that takes away from what she has to offer as a rapper. It takes away the legitimacy it takes to become a successful figure in the Hip-Hop realm.
So, obviously you can guess what I’m going to say. Leave this album on the rack and choose a different one. It doesn’t offer anything unique enough to make it a ‘must buy.’