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Album: The New Classic (2013)
Charted: 17 54

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  • Amethyst Amelia Kelly is an Australian rapper, better known by her stage name Iggy Azalea. As a Hip-Hop performer who is female, white and from Down Under, she avoids every cliché of the genre. On February 13, 2013, it was announced Azalea had signed a record deal with Mercury Records.
  • This is the lead single from Azalea'a debut studio album, The New Classic, which was premiered on BBC Radio 1Xtra on February 11, 2013. "I think every time you listen to it you get something new, whether it's in the lyrics or it's part of the beat," she told MTV News. "I love listening to music like that, when you can hear something and every time it feels like you get a new thing from it. That to me is what good music is."
  • Azalea felt the dynamic song deserved a proper visual treatment, so she hired the French directing duo Jonas & François (Madonna's 4 Minutes," Muse's "Undisclosed Desires") to helm the clip. The rapper took some inspiration from Outkast's "Bombs Over Baghdad (B.O.B.)" video, the infamous lap dance scene in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof horror film and a certain a classic Australian musical for the clip. Regarding the latter, she told MTV News: "I really love Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is an Australian film about some drag queens that go from Sydney in this bus called 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' up to the Northern Territory, and it's about this adventure they have," she revealed.
    "I really liked this film as a kid and always identified with it because it's [about] drag queens and they have to keep stopping in small rural towns and they're not accepted," she continued. "I always kinda felt that way with rap - trying to break into it, I wasn't accepted and I was out of my element, so I really love that movie, and it being Australian, I really wanted to draw reference from it. So there's little nods to that in the desert scene."
  • Azalea reworked the song for her first official US single, adding a guest verse from MMG rapper, Wale.

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