Fantasies of The Rap World
Iggy Azalea: “Sometimes I would not go to school at all. I would be at home writing raps, trying to be a rap star. I thought it was so cool. I would see all the rap videos and watch them on YouTube.
“The rappers had all this shit that we didn’t have. I saw things like fitted caps, Timberlands, and Air Force 1’s and I was like, ‘Whoa! Those are fucking cool. I want one, bad. Where can I get those?'
“I would go on Dr. Jay’s the website, look at shit, and make up fake shopping carts of the shit I wish I had if I lived in America or if I had the money for it. I was like, ‘I would love to wear Baby Phat!’ [Laughs.] You just couldn’t get that shit in Australia.
“If you wanted to get a XXL or VIBE, you had to go to the news agents and put in a special order for it. It would come four months late but I didn’t give a fuck! I read it like, ‘Who’s that artist?’ then I’d go to the Internet and find out.
“I’d take out the ads and put them on your door like, ‘Man, I wish I had those clothes,’ or ‘I wish I had that watch.’ I was obsessed with this world because I’m from a small town that didn’t have shit. We didn’t have anything to do. It was so easy to go off into your little dream world. That was it for me.
“Australia doesn’t have radio stations that play hip-hop. You had to go on Google or look on Billboard to see what was going on in the America. I would go on Myspace to see what other kids were listening to. I was just manning the Internet trying to find stuff that was cool.”