It’s been just over a week since Iggy Azalea announced her Twitter retirement, and she’s doing relatively well. The Australian rapper linked up with told Los Angeles’ Power 106 to talk about why she resigned from social media. She expanded on those thoughts, explained what it all has to do with her upcoming sophomore album and revealed the advice boyfriend Nick Young‘s been giving her.
On not being active on social media anymore.
“Anyone’s happier when they’re not being verbally abused all day long. It’s way better.”
“It’s tough to be the one to have to interrupt, but I think it is dangerous to have that negative internet culture. It’s dangerous, especially when you’re someone that’s having to create things. Or like you somebody that’s having to be happy and upbeat, it does affect your mood. For me it definitely affects when I’m creating things. And I’m in the middle of recording a second album and I really don’t want to have some angry, aggressive/wrath album. Every time I come in the studio, I just feel like I want to punch everyone in the face.”
“It makes me hate people and I don’t want to hate people. My job is entertaining people. I love people. I want to entertain them, that’s why I wanted to do this and get on stage and make people feel happy, and it’s really hard to do that when you feel like ‘what the hell is going on humanity.’ Where we’re all doing this. I prefer the actual polite world. If it’s real or not I don’t know, but I like to live in this reality.”
On her involvement with negativity and social media.
“In a backhanded way I think I was becoming a part of that cycle of being involved.”
“It’s human nature to want to defend yourself. So then you get to defending yourself, which will be misconstrued and then you’re on a blog and then you’re mad at that blog and it’s a cycle. You have to get out of the cycle. I’m way too deep in the cycle of negative things and I want to be out of it. I just had to remove myself.”
On the internet.
“I don’t hate the internet. I’ll still go on the internet.”
On boyfriend Nick Young’s advice.
“He was like, ‘Why are you letting these people push over you. You got to be YEEZY on ’em. Just be the number one playa-hater. They’re just mad. You just need to tell them to suck your d—. Why are you being so nice about it? You need to be mean about it.’ He wanted me to be aggressive about it.”
On whether she feels like she’s got a target on her back.
“Yea, of course it feels like that. Why? I don’t know.” I think like you said people are scared of new things. I’m still a new thing. People didn’t think I would get this far and now it’s kind of become apparent that I’m a lot of places and I think that annoys people—to see that I’m being successful. That annoys people.”