(AllHipHop News) It’s been five years since Iggy Azalea released her debut studio album The New Classic. The Australia-bred entertainer is preparing to drop her sophomore LP, In My Defense, on July 19.
Iggy became a household name thanks to the smash hit "Fancy" featuring Charli XCX. In addition to that Billboard success, the 2012 XXL Freshman faced accusations of cultural appropriation and cultural insensitivity when it came to Hip Hop.
She eventually parted ways with Def Jam Recordings as well (In My Defense is set to be released via Bad Dreams/Empire). Iggy stopped by the RuPaul show to talk about the personal and professional changes in her life over the last few years which included taking part in an “intensive workshop” in Arizona.
"There were people around me that I worked with that were like, 'We love you and we think that you self-sabotage yourself.’ I was kind of pissed about it, even though I knew it was true," Azalea told RuPaul. "I knew that it was true. I think a lot of it was because I was bullied a lot in high school. I got made fun of because I always was very ridiculous and over the top. So it was hard for me in my adult life to kind of be able to tell the difference between somebody being critical and constructive and somebody bullying.”
She continued, “I had the same response to both those things. You don’t need to. The same response is not warranted. You can’t actually grow or better yourself if you’re unable to hear any criticism because you feel that it's this one thing.”