Her Controversial ‘Two Times’ Video
Iggy Azalea: “I did that because I had already done two videos that were behind a white wall. Every one does the same style of video and it's boring. I didn’t know anyone that would film a music video for free. So I had to film my own, I didn't have a camera so I was like, Well I'll have a webcam for that one. it's gotta be one shot. I knew how to do stop motion animation because my dad [taught me].
“With the ‘Pussy Two Times,’ we would say it as a joke in the studio [in reference to] Gucci Mane’s ‘Two Times.’ It became a joke, we would just say it. Then I was like, 'Fuck it—I'm going to do a song called ‘Pussy Two Times.’
“I got the idea that I would have cats, but I didn’t think to put them on my crotch. I just thought I would have them on my body. But when I tried to stick them on my body, they wouldn't stick it. So I was like, I'm going to have to be sitting. When I sat down to shoot the video in front of the webcam, I was staring at the thing. That's when I saw the angle of my crotch.
“I saw the angle and I was like, ‘This looks fucking cool. Maybe I'll stick it on my crotch.’ It was only supposed to be the cats originally, but then when I looked at that angle I was like, 'I can't move my lips because it's stop motion.'
“Originally, I thought I’d be able to be moving back and forth in the frame because I was standing. I didn’t want any movement, so I was like, ;Let me draw all the things I say.’ I thought if I draw it out, it's funny, and people would be able to comprehend it better. Then I did the whole thing on my crotch.
“I was scared to put it out because I was like, ‘Will people get this? Or think I'm being super sexual or I love my vagina this much that I have to put this thing on it?’ I showed it to my mom. I was like this is the test: If my mom thinks it's cool, I'll put it up. If she doesn’t, then I won't. She was like, ‘It's cool.’ So I put it up.
“The video got flagged so you have to be over 18 see it. When that happened, my dad sent me an email and was like, 'I saw your video got marked as inappropriate. That's awesome.' He was telling me, like, ‘When I was a kid, the Sex Pistols had a song called ‘God Save The Queen’ and it was not allowed and just had a big black line through it. It ended up making it so much more hyped up and it was No.1.’
“My dad was like, ‘These are all the things that people really hated that impact culture: Abstract painting, surrealism, the Sex Pistols, The Beatles, Madonna.’ And I felt better [thinking] maybe I'll be able to impact culture. He always sends stuff like that.”