Moving To Miami
Iggy Azalea: “In February 2006, when I was 16, I moved to the United States by myself. I wasn’t even supposed to move. I planned it that way but no one else really knew. My parents knew I was really unhappy and I told them I wanted to go on a holiday.
“At that time, I would go to Sydney or catch trains to Brisbane, and I would go on open mics. So I had friends in other cities that liked the same shit as me. One of them had family that lived in Miami.
“I told my parents, ‘Look, I want to go on holiday. I’m depressed and I’m going to go with my friend who has family in Miami. I’m going to go for two weeks.’ My mom didn’t like the idea but I had the money, so she agreed. But she said, ‘If anything happens to you, I will kill you.’ [Laughs.]
“But my friend was never really coming with me. I was always going alone. I did go and see her family because I didn’t know anyone in America. That’s why I chose Miami: That was the only place that I knew someone who knew someone.
“I was there for two weeks when I called home and said, ‘I don’t want to come home yet. I want to stay longer.’ So I stayed another three weeks. I was there for like a month and then I called again and said, ‘I’m not coming back.’
“I got a little apartment with all the money I had been saving [from working in Australia]. I didn’t have shit to spend my money on as a kid since I lived in a town that had nothing [so I had money saved].
“I always had it in my head that I wanted to come to America. My mother said Okay and I stayed. I went back to Australia every three months. I would stay for a week or two, get my visa restamped, and come back over.
“In Miami, I had friends get me jobs under the table, because I can’t work legitimately over here. I eventually left that apartment, I only had it for about six months. I’d be staying with friends, moving around to different cities, trying to rap and find people that would let me record in studios.
“[The jobs I had were not] legal ones. Not drugs or anything but gift card shit [scams]. I don’t do that anymore. I haven’t done them for a long time, but that’s what I would do as a kid.
“It was hard for me [to rap in Miami] because I didn’t know anyone that did music. It’s like, ‘Where do I go? Who do I talk to to do this?’ I didn’t want to do rap battles anymore because I sucked and I kept losing, so I didn’t want to do it.
“While I was out there, I was mainly trying to find enough money to keep going. I was happy that I was in America. I wasn’t really trying to make super moves, because I sucked, so no one was really trying to help me. When I moved to Houston is when I started working with actual producers and more seriously trying to do it.”