Finding Her Voice In Houston
Iggy Azalea: “I used to work with this producer Mr. Lee in Houston. He used to work with Slim Thug, Z-Ro, UGK, and all of the Rap-A-Lot people. I had a Myspace where I used to put some of my music. Mr. Lee found me on Myspace and was like, ‘If you’re ever in Houston, you should come work with me. I think you could be really cool.’
“A bunch of shit ended up happening in Miami, like my place got robbed. I was like, ‘I don’t want to stay here. I’m going to go to Houston for the weekend to work with Mr. Lee.’ I ended up staying in Houston for nine months and never going back to Miami.
“Mr. Lee taught me how to rap like a girl. When I first started working with him, I used to want to rap super hard like I was from Cash Money. I wanted to rap like a boy so bad, probably because I was listening to guys and around guys. But people would not take me seriously.
“When I was in Miami, the shit that they would say was hard shit and it was cool to say. I wanted to say hard shit. Mr. Lee used to always say, ‘You rap like you have a knife in your pocket, like you’re really angry. You need to rap like a girl.’
“Houston is where I started getting good at rapping. I had to have someone tell me, ‘You’re still imitating what you think it’s supposed to be, but it doesn’t have to be that. Just be who you are and sound like a girl.’ [Laughs.] I didn’t want to try it, but I did so they would shut up, and I liked it.”