Iggy Azalea made quite a splash with her fall 2011 mixtape, Ignorant Art — not to mention the risqué videos that accompanied it — and now the Australia-born rapper will spend the month of February recording her debut album, set to be released through Interscope Records in June. While she hasn’t locked down a production team, Azalea tells MTV News that T.I. will serve as executive producer for the album, currently titled The New Classic.
“T.I.’s gonna be helping me with it, kind of A&R-ing, kind of executive producing,” Azalea said. “He called me up like, ‘Please?’ and I was like, ‘Definitely. You’re Tip; I love you — of course.’ So he’s gonna be helping me out, just reaching out to people and helping me find production and pointing me in the direction of things that I might like.”
This will be Azalea’s first time working with the Atlanta rapper and Grand Hustle Records CEO, and she’s certainly looking forward to it. “Hopefully, that will be really dynamic and it’ll help speed things along.
“I’ll probably fly out to Atlanta and we’ll do it there because he’s weird with traveling and stuff. I understand. See we’re in touch with each other. I have legal issues; he has legal issues. I get it,” she said, joking about T.I.’s legal issues and her own immigration woes, which have prevented her from performing many U.S. shows until recently.
“In terms of writing the record, that’s not the part that really worries me; that’s easy,” she said. “It’s finding the production and finding something cohesive that’s right for the direction of the album. It could happen next week or I might go until the end of February and not find it. You just never know when you’re gonna have that magic.”
In January, the 21-year-old rapper signed a deal with Interscope Records, under the guidance of Chairman Jimmy Iovine, who took notice of her raunchy singles “P—y” and “My World.”
“If all goes to plan, my album will be out in June and I’ll have it recorded by the end of the month.”
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