Self-released :: 2011 :: download mixtape
Ignorant Art was, somehow, a testimony of the rapper's journey in the South. On scintillating synthesizers, the Australian chick bragged about her wealth and innate class on "Hello". She designed the world according to her wishes on "My World". Keeping the same posture, but on a slower tempo, she moved from Atlanta to Houston with the screwed and chopped bits of "Treasure Island". And while "Drop That Shit" led us to the strip club, "Pu$$y" – a first draft of this track, "Pussy Two Times", had been a remix of Gucci Mane's "Gucci Two Times" – was pure southern pornography, and the addition to a long list of cunnilingus anthems in rap music.
Only a few tracks displayed another face of Iggy Azalea, the emotional and romantic one: On "You", a track built on a sample from the Dave Matthews Band, she expected her Prince Charming – this one, soon, would be A$AP Rocky. On "Backseat", she languishingly thought about her next sexual intercourse; and "The Last Song", her most fragile track, was about her expectations toward her lover.
Iggy Azalea would be highly critized by Brittney Cooper, an African-American feminist, for appropriating, with the complicity of a few black men, a culture which was not hers. But as usual, the self-righteous had it all wrong. Iggy was not a new Elvis. She was more a rap culture advocate, than a thief. The mixtape's very title, a quote from Jean-Michel Basquiat, was clear enough: it was a manifesto for modern rap, today's street art. By alluding to the famous artist (the cover art was inspired from a poster figuring Basquiat and Andy Warhol) Iggy Azalea questioned the hierarchy of arts. The first track on the mixtape, "Dirt in Your Pussy Ass Bitch", was all about that. It pictured a poet, ceremoniously claiming insanities and obscenities. That way, it mocked the vanity and self-importance of high culture.
Iggy Azalea's aspirations and legitimacy notwithstanding, Ignorant Art had been an accelerator for her career. Afterwards, she would become the favorite of people like Diplo, who would co-produce her second mixtape TrapGold, and T.I., who would welcome her on his Grand Hustle label. A bit later, after a few complications with her contracts, she would release The New Classic, her first album for a major label. Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea would place two singles at the top of the American charts, "Fancy", with Charli XCX, and "Problem", with Ariana Grande, which would be the first time for a female rapper. Truth be told, however, the Australian singer wasn't too much of a rapper, by this time. A bit like Nicki Minaj, her model, she had significantly refocused her style towards pop, to enlarge her audience. She wouldn't be any longer a spokeswoman for the ignorant art of her beginnings.