Iggy Azalea talks signing to Interscope Records, Jimmy Iovine calling her “the next Tupac” + more

A few days ago Australian born rapper and buzzing artist Iggy Azalea took to her Twitter account and announced that she had signed a record deal with Interscope Records, home to Dr. Dre, Eminem, LMFAO, The Black Eyed Peas and Yelawolf.
Sitting down with the good folks over at Billboard’s The Juice, Iggy spoke of being courted by several major labels, taking her own time to to decided which label to sign with and why she felt the need to know the in house marketing teams and record label executive alike that would be handling her debut album The New Classic which is due June 2012.

“It took me a long time [to decide] because I went around to every label. I was like, ‘Okay I want to meet your A&R, president, vice president, and marketing [team]. Who would do my marketing?’ I wanted to know who’d be working on my project and I wanted to meet them.” She continued, “It’s a family and it’s a long-term commitment,” Iggy told Erika Ramirez of The Juice. “People aren’t just asking you to sign for one album. They’re asking you to sign for like three or four, sometimes five. That’s like a marriage.”

The New South Wales born artist, who recently confirmed that she’s dating fellow fast rising rapper A$AP Rocky, also revealed that she was close to signing with historic Hip Hop label Def Jam Recordings but in the end felt that signing with the house that Russell Simmons and DJ Double R built would have been an experiment on Def Jam’s behalf.

“Def Jam, I love. I was super close to signing with them. I think they’re just the best team.  I think they’re really passionate about what they do and you can just tell that they’re so hungry over there. But then you look at who they’ve got signed to their label and it kind of makes you be like, ‘I don’t know. Am I going to be the guinea pig here for this?’ I don’t know.”

Unsure about whether jumping to a major label from her independent roots was the right thing to do Iggy began to have doubts. “I started thinking, ‘Oh God, am I going to sign to a label? Maybe I won’t. And if I don’t, what’s my plan b?’ It was starting to freak me out a little bit.” However when Interscope capo caught wind of nervousness about the deal he got in contact with her to thrash out a deal. I think once Jimmy saw that I was starting to pull away and be like, ‘No, I’ll just do my own thing,’ he was like, ‘What do you want lady?’ And I was like, ‘Alright, let’s cut the bullshit.'”

Having been used to being compared to the likes of the Nicki Minajs and the Kreayshawns of the Hip Hop world, Iggy was taken aback when the interscope executive compared her to the late great Tupac Shakur.  “He’s crazy. He’s like, ‘You’re the next Tupac!’ I’m like you’re absolutely insane.”

Read the entire article over at Billboard.com.

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