It’s been a surreal year for Iggy Azalea.
“This has been the year that I got signed to a major label [Island Def Jam], have released singles and am going on tour with Beyoncé next month,” Iggy Azalea told Billboard at the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards yesterday (August 25). “It’s the year I got legit.”
The Sydney, Australia-born rapper has garnered buzz with mixtapes (“Ignorant Art,” “TrapGold”), her “Glory” Ep, and working with her manager and “mentor,” T.I.
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As she readies her major label debut, “The New Classic,” which she says is “fairly electronic, like moombahton mixed with hip-hop,” Iggy Azalea will be embarking on the 17-date Australia leg of Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour as the singer’s opener.
“I met her (Beyoncé) at Chime for Change, which was a Gucci charity event I did in England with her [and] that she invited me to do,” she says of meeting Queen Bey’.
“After which, I did a few shows here in New York at the Bowery and she sent some of her people down to check out what they thought of my show. Apparently she liked it and they called up the next day and said, ‘Do you want to come on tour?’ I had to keep it secret for so long, almost six weeks. I was just dying! I’m so excited to go on tour with her, so excited!” she continues.
Iggy Azalea is in the “designing stages” of prepping for the “high-energy” trek. “We’re still working on what the set design is going to be. We’re in the early stages of costumes. Pucci made my dress tonight. They make all [of] Beyonce’s customs for her Mrs. Carter Show and they’re going to be making mine.”
Iggy Azalea will service her second U.S. single, the T.I. assisted, “Change Your Life,” to radio the first week of September.
Reporting by Andrew Hampp (@ahampp)