Iggy Azalea - 2014 MTV Movie Awards
The countdown to Ariana Grande’s new single, Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea), begins now! Ariana released the title yesterday on social media, and now she’s released some more details about the first single off of her second album, including the fact that she’s collaborated with Iggy Azalea."Well, I’m extremely excited to be apart of @ArianaGrande ‘s new record and I’m warning you now… She may be small but the record is huge," tweeted Iggy.
Ariana is set to debut the single at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday, April 26. It will be available on iTunes at Midnight that night.
When asked what “Problem” is about, Ariana told a fan, “knowing U’d be better off w/o someone but you can’t resist them & need them no matter what.”
Are you excited for Ariana and Iggy’s collaboration? Click here to see the cover art!
Official cover art for Ariana’s new single, Problem ft. Iggy Azalea
Only 10 more days until the premiere of Ariana Grande’s new single ‘Problem’ featuring Iggy Azalea
The New Classic - Iggy Azalea // ★★★★☆
After packing four hefty punches with single releases ‘Work' through to new single 'Fancy' Azalea finally debuts her first full collection 'The New Classic' on April 22.
Combining her quirky pretty-rap with sultry sombre vocals and an all star roster of rising talent features, Azalea creates a polished set with ‘The New Classic' confirming that she is an artist here to say and shouldn't be caught up in the hysteria surrounding her early career from her breakthrough with in-your-face EP cut 'Pu$$y’. Falling victim to the treatment other female rappers have experienced, such as frenemy Azealia Banks, and Nicki Minaj, Azalea does her best to prove artists in this bracket can be “albums” artists as opposed to churning out single after single and never really gaining the recognition they deserve.
Opening track ‘Walk The Line' is a welcome surprise from Azalea, opting to take a more sombre, mellow path in her opening, yet still remaining true to her 'Azalea-isms' and quirke. “Know where I wanna be but I’m far from home / just trying to make it on my own" she declares, opening up and characterising her collection to be, if anything, personal to the singer’s own sense of individual accomplishment. Continuing a sombre ‘play me a at a cafe and everyone listens but can also have a coffee’ feel into next track ‘Dont Need Y’all’, Azalea’s famous punchy lines come back on new track ‘100’, offering a slick flow over a California-esque chilled chorus, assisted by Watch The Duck.
The true brilliance of the album shines in tracks ‘New Bitch’, ‘Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)' and new single 'Fancy (feat. Charli XCX)' (click to read my full review of ‘Fancy’ here). Whilst the latter is evidently her most commerically successful and ‘pop-py’ offering, ‘Black Widow" echoes both her talents as a rapper and a pop vocalist, assisted by rising British popstar Rita Ora. "I’m gonna love ya, like a black widow baby" Ora commands eerily over a trap-pop style backing, similar to that of Katy Perry’s global hit ‘Dark Horse’, which is expected since Perry herself co-wrote Azalea’s track. "This is the web, the web that you weave, so now baby rest in peace" Ora continues, allowing Azalea to sweep in with her ever-so-punchy well-oiled raps, creating the perfect pop package, mirroring that in recent single ‘Fancy’. What ‘New Bitch' does as a parallel, is rather than combine pop and rap in a punchy we-are-the-women-and-we-will-get-you kind of way, Azalea combines her personal tone with her raps to create an adoration effect, not only with lyrical content, but in her artistic style and execution. “When I hop out his new six / fresh in some new shit / damn she is too thick / who is this yeah i’m his new bitch" she gleefully announces in the chorus, behind a floaty-’90s inspired backing.
One setback however, is that whilst showing continuity and versatility to a degree, her reliance on her punchy raps can only go so far, and end up making some tracks such as ’Just Askin' become forgettable, which I assume why the singer has included that on the deluxe edition.
After announcing to her followers that unfortunately it’s management that control the releases of her singles, and set release dates, you begin to fall in love with Iggy’s raw likeability and see the music industry through her in a different way. Never one to be dishonest, as a debut collection for a female rap artist, a niche that was so extraordinary but now seems normal thanks to likes of Nicki Minaj, Azalea not only takes the baton from Minaj as the rising star in this field, she runs with it with pace, precision and detailed execution. It’s evident the singer has had to fight for this collection to be made, and I for one, hope she can sit with a smug smile on her face and prove her doubters wrong.
Tracks to Download: 'Walk The Line' / 'Fancy (feat. Charli XCX' / 'New Bitch' / 'Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora' / 'Fuck Love'
Sounds Like: Azealia Banks, Katy Perry
Would I Buy?: Y/N
Iggy Azalea + Pink
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