Iggy Azalea Signs to Interscope
Earlier this month, Azealia Banks signed with Universal and now another buzzing rapstress has inked with a major label; Iggy Azalea announced earlier today that she has signed a deal with Interscope.
“Interscope, if you were wondering,” the Australian-born femcee posted on Twitter. “Get used to me + jimmy smashing shit, cause thats the plan,” she continued, referencing Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine. Her reps then confirmed the signing with XXL.
Multiple labels seemed to express interest in the young rapper, as she tweeted about spending time with reps from Def Jam earlier in the month.
Her Interscope signing shouldn’t come as a complete surpise, though, as her two longtime managers, Neil Jacobson and George Robertson, are A&Rs at the label.
The 21-year-old, who gained an online buzz last year thanks to her videos for “Pu$$y” and “My World,” as well as her Ignorant Art mixtape, also confirmed that she plans on dropping her album, The New Classic, in June. “Album in june entitled 'fuck your life' nah.... not realllyyyy its called 'The New Classic',” she tweeted.
She also spoke with Billboard about the deal. "I'm super happy about it," she said. "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."
"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?'," she continued. "And I was like, 'Alright, let's cut the bullshit.'"
Check out more on Iggy Azalea in the latest issue of XXL. —Adam Fleischer