Her mixtape, Ignorant Art
Iggy Azalea: “I got the name from Basquiat. I like how the stuff he did was crude and wasn’t super polished, I wanted to do my music like that too. I was watching documentaries about him and he always felt frustrated or misunderstood. People would be like, ‘You are a black artist.’ He'd be like, ‘Why do I have to be that?’
“I identify with that because people are always like, ‘You’re a white rapper.’ I’m like, ‘Why do I have to be that? Why can't I just be a rapper or a girl rapper? Why does it have to be a race thing?’
“Then I saw him in one of the movies where he goes and meets Andy Warhol and says, ‘Do you want to buy some ignorant art?’ When he said it I was like, ‘That is so perfect, I want to use it for a mixtape.’
“We always have these talks about this stuff like, what is real hip-hop anyway? Why is it if you rap like Common or Kendrick Lamar, you are conscious and that's ‘real hip-hop.’ But if you rap like YG or Gucci Mane that’s not real or that's the downfall of hip-hop?
“That’s why I like the name "Ignorant Art," and that's what I want to do—it sounds ignorant to some people but it's still art. Sometimes I want to talk about ignorant shit and sometimes I want to talk about shit that's smart or about love or something that’s meaningful. And sometimes you don't. Everybody has a medium, so the project was about trying to find that medium while you are still trying to push both sides of what is art and what is ignorant. “