Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea

The great Australian hope followed up her Freshman cover turn with a series of highlights: Signing to T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records and dropping the single “Murda Bizness,” with her new boss; rapping on Steve Aoki’s and Angger Dimas’ “Beat Down,” a dance hit in the U.K., where Iggy signed a distribu- tion deal with Mercury Records; spitting a verse in the 2012 Cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards; making a mixtape, Trap Gold, and a free EP, Glory; touring with the likes of Rita Ora, Tyga and Kirko Bangz; and even landing a deal with presti- gious talent agency Wilhelmina Models. But with no release date for her major label debut, The New Classic—it’s unclear whether or not Grand Hustle has secured distribution for it in the U.S. yet—her stateside buzz seems to be taking a hit.