Iggy Azalea:”The Beyonce tour cost me a humongous chunk of money”

Fresh from supporting Beyonce on the Australia leg of the “Mrs Carter World” you’d think that Iggy Azalea would be well on her way to becoming a millionaire misfit. However, the Mullumbimby-born rapper has revealed that opening for Queen Bey in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide last month almost sent her Pu$$y broke.

In a revealing feature interview with Michaela Mcguire for The Age’s weekend GW liftout, Azalea admitted that her decision to accept the coveted support slot was not endorsed by her record label, because not only did it delay the release of her debut record The New Classic, she reportedly didn’t get paid. “There were times I thought I shouldn’t have done this tour,” the statuesque rapper explained. “Not only because it cost me my album, but it cost me a humongous chunk of money.


“My label didn’t want me to go on this tour because they think that Australia doesn’t matter as a market for me,” Azalea continued. “So this whole tour I’ve had to pay for out of my own pocket to come here.”

She initially thought the tour would leave her $150,000 out of pocket, but the costs blew out. “Whatever you think the expense is, fucking double it, because it’s double what I thought it would cost, and I thought it would cost a lot. That didn’t happen, by then I’d already agreed to come, and if I’d pulled the tour the headlines would have read ‘Iggy Azalea gets kicked off Beyoncé tour because Beyoncé thinks her music is shit.’”

After years of trying to break the hip-hop world, Azalea first caught the eye of Mercury Records (and later Island Def Jam) in 2011 when she self-released the tracks ‘Pu$$y’ and ‘Two Times’. She backed that up with her Ignorant Art mixtape and in 2012 released the EP Glory and became the first female, non- America rapper to be featured on XXL magazine’s annual “Top 10 Freshman” cover issue. Her debut record The New Classic is now slated for release in March 2014.