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‘Mum, I want to be a rapper’

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"Walk a mile in these Louboutins

But they don't wear these sh**s where I'm from

I'm not hating, I'm just telling you

I'm tryna let you know what the f**k that I've been through.

Two feet in a red dirt, school skirt

Sugar cane, back lane

Three jobs, took years to save

But I got a ticket on that plane

People got a lot to say

But don't know s**t bout where I was made

Or how many floors that I had to scrub

Just to make it past where I am from.

"No money, no family. 16 in the middle of Miami".

The lyrics to Iggy Azalea's song Work tell the story of this artist from Mullumbimby who works hard and fought even harder to get where she is now: at the top.

Azalea's debut album, The New Classic, was released last April.

The first single on the album, Fancy, landed number one on last week's Billboard Hot 100.

The Billboard Hot 100 is the American music industry standard popularity chart for singles. It's issued weekly by Billboard magazine.

Azalea is also a featured guest on Problem (a single sung by Ariana Grande) that reached number two last week. She's become the second artist in the chart's history to hold the top two spots with her first two Hot 100 appearances.

The first was The Beatles, in 1964, when they landed for the first time in US charts with I Want to Hold Your Hand at number one and She Loves You in second spot.

Azalea avoids talk about her personal life in Australia with the media.

Back in Mullumbimby, Tanya speaks with pride about her first daughter as the young and extroverted Amethyst.

"She would never do something like the crowd is doing it. She would do it her way," Tanya said.

"She got offered a record deal, and I thought that was fantastic but she said 'No, I told them to shove it'. I couldn't believe it!

"I asked her 'You told a record company to shove a $600,000 record deal because they changed one little line on a song?"

"She said yes, if someone does that to me I don't trust them.

"She said 'You have to understand mum, as a woman in the music business, everyone is always trying to rip you off'.

"Amethyst said 'I would never do music in Australia because of that. The industry won't support you. There is not enough population for it', so she went away."

"Do anything for my Mum,

I love you

One day I'll pay you back

For the sacrifice

That ya managed to muscle.

16 you sent me through Customs."

Tanya still remembers the day her daughter told her she wanted to develop a music career.

"One day she said to me 'I want to tell you, I want to be a rapper' and I said OK. She was in Year 7".

"I said, You may have to record some music. I handed her the phone book. I told her to look up where she could record music.

"I said to her: 'You look it up and I'll pay for a recording session for you. So she went up to Wilson's Creek and recorded some songs there."

Tanya remembers: "many people thought that I was nuts for thinking that she could do it, or encouraging her to do it, but she is a hard worker and she's got a lot of drive".

"She is testament that if you apply yourself to something you can be anything. I really believe that."

Azalea told US media she told her parents she was going to Miami for a holiday with a friend at age 16, but as soon she arrived in the US she called them to tell them the truth: she was staying to start her music career.

"She did that because we know people in Australia with record deals that had to get a second job on weekends because their deals were terrible," Tanya said.

She said that for those who knew the family, the idea of Amethyst being allowed to go to the US on her own at 16 was not strange.

"We travelled a lot. Also, she was not a normal 16-year old, she was already very mature for that age. There was an old head on those young shoulders," Tanya said.

"My passion was ironic

And my dreams were uncommon

Guess I gone crazy, first deal changed me."

Tanya's explanation for her daughter's music and career path confirm the lyrics in her daughter's song.

"Normal is boring, outrageous is great. We love being weird," she said.

"It's not that she does not like where she comes from, but she really loves the lifestyle she is living now. She felt like she had no other option," said the proud mum.

Tanya has always supported her children doing things her way and not conforming to the crowd.

 

Mullum clues

In 2012, the artist said to US magazine Idolator: "Iggy is the name of my old dog. I had a nameplate necklace that I used to wear which read Iggy. People I'd meet assumed it was my name and started calling me that."

"Azalea is the street I grew up on," she added.

 

Happy Birthday Amethyst 

BORN in Sydney on June 7, 1990, Saturday was rap star Iggy Azalea's 24th birthday (her real name is Amethyst).

Her parents, Tanya and Brendan, moved to the Northern Rivers when she was just under twoyears old.

They built a house in Myocum where the family enjoyed their time in the country.

"She has a real thing about animals. She used to train the chickens to sit on her head and she'd walk around with the chickens in a meditative state as a pre-schooler when she was five," her mum remembers.

Amethyst, her parents and sister moved to a house in Stuart St in Mullumbimby, when she was around seven years old.

The singer and her mum and sister moved house in Mullumbimby when Amethyst was 10 years old, according to her mother Tanya.

In pursuit of her desire of moving to America, Amethyst dropped out of high school; instead choosing to work and save the money she earned by cleaning hotel rooms and holiday houses with her mother.

She relocated to the United States at the age of 16, first staying in Miami, Florida.

Iggy Azalea was born then.

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