Australian rapstress and professional Gwen Stefani stan Iggy Azalea clearly isn’t playing games ahead of her much-anticipated, much delayed debut LP ‘The New Classic‘ which finally sees the light of day next week, April 22nd.
As ‘Fancy‘ (featuring Charlie XCX) soars up every credible chart around the world with its addictive Stefani-esque chants (it’s debuted at # 5 on the UK Top 40 Singles Chart last week – her highest charting single there), the hype surrounding Azalea’s début effort seems to have set the stage for a stellar first-week figure and chart impact. The fact that Azalea’s teaming up with Araina Grande on her new single ‘Problem‘ dropping next week as well should clearly push her sales even further.
With barely 3 days left for the album to drop – Azalea’s collaboration with British Pop chanteuse Rita Ora titled ‘Black Widow‘ has surfaced online (Iggy clearly has the UK on lock).
The Benny Blanco and Stargate-produced track is actually co-written by Katy Perry, no surprise there if the song sounds a tad like her Billboard # 1 smash ‘Dark Horse‘.
Azalea’s slick and snappy verses are the mainstay of ‘Black Widow‘, although it’s Ora who shines through with her flawless vocals that blend seamlessly with Azalea.
‘I’m gonna love you until it hurts / Just to get you I’m doing whatever works‘ – Iggy growls over a trap-beat as Ora builds up the refrain.
I love the sound Azalea’s eventually crafted for ‘The New Classic‘ – her icon Gwen Stefani couldn’t have done it better. Clearly Gwen’s solo début extravaganza, 2004’s ‘Love. Angel. Music. Baby‘, is Azalea’s biggest inspiration here, as seen with her previously released singles ‘Work‘, ‘Bounce‘, ‘Change Your Life‘ and ‘Fancy‘.
I’m definitely picking up a copy of ‘The New Classic‘ as soon as it drops – Rap superstardom isn’t too far away from Iggy. Too bad her arch rival Azealia Banks, easily one of the most talented rappers in the game, fizzled off and out due to her own issues with the world at large.
Check out Iggy Azalea’s ‘Black Widow‘ featuring Rita Ora right here :