Iggy Azalea Naked For Complex Magazine, Says Criticism Of Being A White Female Rapper Is 'Retarded'
October 10th, 2013 9:04pm EDT
Iggy Azalea took it all off to cover the October/November issue of Complex magazine. In the new issue, she talks about her crazy childhood and the race issues she vaces being a white female Australian rapper.
"When I was 13 I got a fake ID," the 23-year-old says. "I'd go out, get hammered off my face in nightclubs I thought that made me an adult, meet older guys who thought I was older, and go f*** them. I'd do that all the time."
Her antics nearly got her in serious trouble just a year later, when she was hanging out in strip clubs, getting drunk and walking home.
"One time, after going to a nightclub with my friend, a guy followed us through all the carriages [train cars]," she explains. "Every station, we'd get out and switch a carriage and he would find the carriage we were in.
"When we got to the station in Sydney he started to chase us and was like, 'Come here, you little s***s!' We ran and locked ourselves in the disabled bathroom and we stayed there for like four hours until the sun came up and people were out for work again. That's only time I've ever felt scared doing something dumb."
Fast-forwarding to today, Azalea says that she encounters a lot of racism over her music career since she was noticed as the "tall blonde who rapped".
"Yeah, but it's retarded," she says of the prospect that a lot of people in America would consider her a fake. "The Rolling Stones go to America, play 'black' blues music, and nobody has a f***ing 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?"
She has a message for her naysayers, though.
"If you're mad about it and you're a black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too," she says. "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."
Check out Iggy's full interview in the Oct./Nov. issue of Complex and at Complex.com.
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