Iggy talked with Billboard about her downfall, but she's also hustling toward her comeback with the support of her Azaleans. Billboard's Jason Lipshutz writes:
Four years ago, the Australian rapper became one of the biggest new stars in music. Now, she recounts her fall from pop's heights, and the lessons she's learned ahead of a comeback bid.
As she starts her comeback bid in earnest, the fear now lurking in her mind has nothing to do with her performance capabilities and everything to do with general perception — how the world receives and reacts to Iggy Azalea on a fundamental level in 2018.
“Before it was like, ‘We’re at the top of the mountain, and we have to stay at the top,’” she says. "I slid down the mountain a bit.”
But Iggy rose up the pop ranks in 2014 only to fall flat in a few short years. Jezebel's Clover Hope wrote about "The Making and Unmaking of Iggy Azalea":
Iggy, of her own admission, cracked in the thick of the outrage, thinkpieces, and nonstop controversy, partially riding that turbulent cycle into fame. A textbook problematic figure, she found herself at the center of debates about authenticity in hip-hop and cultural appropriation—conversations that intensified amid continuing national discussions about privilege and race. Her delayed sophomore album, Digital Distortion, is now a shot in the dark after an expected 2016 release and a June 2017 date that’s come and gone. In the past year, Iggy has brought her frustrations about the delay to the public’s attention by venting about it on Twitter. Her label, Def Jam, declined comment on the album’s status, as well as requests for an interview or comment from Iggy. (In a June interview with Variety, Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels called the album rollout a “building process” and said, “The most important thing is getting her back to a place where she’s hot.”)