Iggy Azalea | Reggie's Rock Club | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

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When: Sat., June 2, 8 p.m. 2012

Due to some impossible-to-account-for combination of sociocultural factors, hip-hop has been knee-deep in white female rappers lately—or at least that's the impression you'd get from those rappers' outsize media profiles. Australian expat Iggy Azalea might have the most outsize profile of them all, probably because she presents as more traditionally "hip-hop" than her trend-piece peers—and also because she appeared in XXL magazine's 2012 Freshman Class, a notorious source of hateration. But her tenacious microphone presence and her un­deniable talent as a lyricist—she was a ghostwriter for other rappers before launching her performing career—defy the outdated stereotypes of white-girl rappers as cutesy and unserious, which only cling to life thanks to the likes of Karmin's Amy Heidemann. Thanks to her mix tape Ignorant Art and a few choice YouTube clips—including her stunning breakout track, "Pu$$y"—Iggy Azalea has landed on T.I.'s Grand Hustle imprint. A proper album, The New Classic, is due next month. —Miles Raymer

Price: $20

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