By Brian Harris
When you name your new album “The New Classic”, you better be able to back that confidence up. For Iggy Azalea, the Aussie transplant who cannonballed into the Southern rap scene at the age of 16, confidence isn’t something that she’s lacking. What she is lacking however is a single song on “The New Classic” that can even remotely be considered a classic.
“The New Classic”, as a whole, comes across as Azalea trying to mix together what made Drake, Nicki Minaj and other poppier forms of hip-hop work in order to make a successful splash on her own. When you hear Azalea’s singing the hooks on tracks like “New Bitch” and “Don’t Need Y’all”, it smacks of her being more concerned about being popular than respected as a solid M.C., which once you get past the obviously put-on Southern drawl, it’s clear that Azalea can obviously rap.
Unfortunately, it’s this desire to get that mainstream appeal from the casual hip-hop/pop music fans that hurts “The New Classic” the most. It takes away from Azalea’s ability to crochet her verses together make these captivating stories that at times get overshadowed by the radio-ready beats.
That being said, the production, supplied mostly by The Invisible Men, is pretty damn catchy and between that and Azalea’s obvious skill when it comes to rhyming, “The New Classic” is not a bad album and acts as a good stepping stone for Iggy Azalea and her future in hip-hop but it falls far short of living up to it’s lofty name. ***
Recommended Tracks: “Black Widow” (feat. Rita Ora), “Change Your Life” (feat.T.I.), “Fancy” (feat. Charli XCX)