Raised in a town of 3,000 people in rural Australia, Iggy Azalea doesn’t exactly have a typical hip-hop backstory. But she fell in love with the genre at an early age—Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Field Mob and most of all 2Pac—and started rapping at 14. Before she turned 16, Iggy had moved to the U.S. to pursue her music career. ‘Ignorant Art’, the 2011 mixtape that first garnered her mainstream attention, was the kind of impressive, raw statement one expects from an unknown with no pressure on her. Since then, collaborations with everyone from Southern rappers to EDM artists have followed. A 2012 follow-up mixtape, ‘TrapGold’, almost wholly produced by Diplo, combines booming, clattering trap production with Iggy sounding more aggressive and confident than ever.
Earlier this year, Iggy opened for Rita Ora on tour, debuting her breakout single ‘Work’ during her set. Iggy’s first full-length album, ‘The New Classic’, is due out later this year, and is certain to establish her as a major new voice in hip-hop. That’s why MTV has selected Iggy Azalea as this month’s PUSH artist. All throughout July, stay tuned for exclusive live performances, interviews, and more as we push Iggy’s music to fans around the world!