After several false starts, Iggy Azalea released her debut album, The New Classic, this week. The rapper tells ABC News Radio how it feels to not only have her first studio effort available on shelves, but to learn that her set has jumped to #1 on the iTunes chart — beating out new releases from Future, Asher Roth and Kelis.
“I’m really excited. I woke up this morning and I saw everybody tell me it was number one and I was not expecting that to happen at all,” she laughs. “I would have been happy even if it was in the top 50. So, I’m feeling really like all my Christmases have come at once today.”
The rapper explains that she titled her project The New Classic in an attempt to spark a conversation about the new generation of hip-hop.
“Just from being a generation that is so nostalgic, I wanted to kind of make a statement and say to people my age, ‘Hey I think what we’re doing is important too.’ And I think there’s kids that will look back and be nostalgic about the things that we’re doing at the moment as well,” she says.
While many are quick to compare her to the likes of Nicki Minaj, Iggy feels everyone has his or her own lane. “It’s pointless comparing yourself to people. And for me I just always remember loving so many different artists as a kid, I try to remember that when I feel like I start to compare myself to other people.”
Iggy adds that her fans appreciate her need to remain true to herself. “Its very important to my piece of mind, or else you’d drive yourself crazy,” she says.
The rapper’s album features contributions from Timbaland, T.I., Mavado, Stargate, Watch the Duck, Charli XCX and Katy Perry, who penned “Black Widow,” featuring Rita Ora.
In related news, Iggy is scheduled to begin her 14-date North American trek on April 23 in Boston, making stops in major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before concluding May 22 in Seattle.
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