International star Iggy Azalea has been a household name since the early 2010s. With her hit song “Fancy” topping the charts and becoming the most streamed song on Spotify in 2014, Azalea immediately became a sensation and is now one of the female rappers. most famous in the music industry.
But despite being a megastar, there are a few things people might have about the rapper – one of whom is that her real name is not Iggy Azalea.
Iggy Azalea Amethyst Amelia Kelly was born
Azalea was born on June 7, 1990, as Amethyst Amelia Kelly in Sydney, Australia.
She was raised in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, by her parents Tanya and Brendan Kelly and two sisters named Mathias and Emerald Kelly. The family lived in a house built by her father by hand from mud bricks, surrounded by 12 acres of land.
When she was 14, Azalea started rapping and even forming a group with two other girls from her hometown hoping to make it big. However, realizing that the girls weren’t taking things seriously, Azalea embarked on a one-on-one career.
After saving some money cleaning hotel rooms and vacation homes with her mother, Azalea dropped out of high school and traveled to the United States to get closer to hip-hop .
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During her trip, the rapper fell in love with America and decided to stay to her dream of becoming a big name rapper.
Azalea’s platform became known as the “two-part saga”
Shortly after moving to Atlanta, Georgia, to work on her music, Azalea met someone from Interscope Records who encouraged her move to Los Angeles in the summer of 2010 to pursue her music career.
While produced by Interscope Records, Azalea decided to take the stage name, which she says came as a “two-part saga.
According to the rapper, the name Iggy came from her childhood dog of the same name.
“I had a dog named Iggy, whom I fell in love with,” she explained when she appeared in 2014 on Vevo’s original series.AKA“
“I received a nickname necklace made in his honor,” Azalea continued. “Everyone started to think my name was Iggy so it became my nickname and I accepted it and started rapping with it. ”
As for the name Azalea, the rapper revealed that she accepted the moniker after his grandfather stated that he was unwilling to go without a surname.
“[He] she told me, “You can’t have a one-word stage name,” she said, “So I finally had to think of a good name.”
After some thought, rapper “Black Widow” decided on Azalea, “because that’s the street name my mother and family live on… and it looks very feminine and I thought that it would balance Iggy to be so masculine. ”
Azalea only allows special people to call her by her real name
Although her real name is not Iggy Azalea, the rapper has been going with the moniker for years and prefers to be called that way.
She even posted on Twitter on November 17 why she won’t let people she doesn’t know use her birth name, noting that it’s just too personal for her.
“I feel that names are very personal and I never asked strangers to use mine when I was talking sh * t and putting strange weird energy on it,” he replied. she to a fan who asked why she was never named as an Amethyst album / project. ” “Gotta protect your baby.”
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While she will not allow the majority to call her legal name, Azalea said there are some people who will get that benefit but she said it is a very small group.
“Only a select group of people in my life can give me Amethyst permission,” she said tweet for fans. “If I let you know that you are a minority.”