Iggy Azalea is opening up about her difficult 2015 and the onslaught of criticism she received after a public feud with Azealia Banks, a hip-hop history lesson from Q-Tip, and a change in her physical appearance. “I feel like I got villainized so badly last year, to the point where I wasn’t even a person anymore,” the rapper tells Elle Canada. “I just became this thing that everyone laughed at and would write awful things about—I think people forgot I was a person. People don’t have to like me, but I would appreciate it if they would still consider the fact that I’m a human being.”
She also says it upset her fiancée, Los Angeles Lakers player, Nick Young. “You think Nick likes to hear that his fiancée doesn’t care about Black Lives Matter? Trust me, it was not fun last year in this house.” Even worse, she reveals she received awful comments from people telling the rapper she should kill herself. “No one wants to be told that they should kill themselves and that they’re like Hitler a hundred times a day; it’s not nice. At that point it goes beyond criticism, and, trust me, I can handle criticism; if I couldn’t, I wouldn’t be here with a second album, still standing.”
Even with the backlash from the hip-hop community, Iggy makes it clear she's not letting that affect her love for rap. “Certain people who don’t like me think that I don’t love rap music, but I love rap music. I love it like it’s my fucking husband,” she says. “I think a lot of people in hip-hop have a tough time finding something in common with me. At least white [and black] male rappers both have dicks and they’re American. But for me, I’m a white woman from Australia. I get it, but I think we have a lot more in common than they think.”
As previously reported, Iggy's Digital Distortion is set for release this year and has already been dubbed “the best album of 2016” by Nick. She is working on the album with D.R.U.G.S., who also produced her mixtape, Ignorant Art, back in 2011. “The album has a bit of an electronic, digital influence, so the name fits sonically. But then, of course, topically, we all know the different things that were said about me in 2015—some of them were fair and some of them, I think, were unfair. I just think it’s interesting that we live in this age of digital distortion where we’re all distorting each other and distorting ourselves and our perception of who we all are, and none of it is really accurate anymore.” You can read Iggy's full interview where she also talks about her return to social media, the insane response to her nose job, and more here.