Iggy Azalea
In My Defense


3.5
great

Review

by Get Low USER (46 Reviews)
April 11th, 2021 | 65 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Iggy's defense

In My Defense is Iggy Azalea's second studio album, and the follow-up to her 2014 debut The New Classic. During the five years between the releases of these two albums, Iggy left Def Jam Records, signed with Island Records, left Island Records, then claimed to be an independent artist while still signing and cancelling deals with various other record and production companies. While all of this was happening, music media outlets, which generally don't favor Iggy, were reporting on these events, mixing fact with fiction at their leisure as most tabloid reporters do. After creating her own label and establishing some semblance of stability in her career, Iggy concocted her defense, in the form of her sophomore album.

The first two tracks of Iggy's defense, Thanks I Get and Clap Back, are aggressive, retaliatory tracks aimed toward the media outlets and the general hater-base who have been bashing Iggy since her rise to fame. A few talking points discussed are the rumor that Iggy was dropped by her label, Iggy is trying to look and act like she's black, and claims that Iggy is racist. Through her lyrics, she dismisses these claims and expresses her frustration and annoyance at their frequency. The stern, dark, bass-heavy trap beats produced by J. White make for the perfect background noise for Iggy to spit bullets over.

But while the style of the beats remains consistent throughout all twelve tracks, a lyrical shift begins on track three, which was the first single from the album, Sally Walker. This track, the chorus of which is a ghettoized earworm, is about dancing, twerking, and/or stripping for income, as well as dismissing the ratchets who judge you for it. It's the more sexual themes like these, as well as the "I'm getting rich doing it and you're not" rhetoric that are Iggy's bread and butter, and thankfully the rest of the album sticks to them. It even gets really raunchy on the last two tracks Just Wanna and Pussy Pop, which are about simply wanting to have to sex with people, and thoroughly describing the act of sex from Iggy's perspective, respectively.

I want to mention the guest spots on In My Defense, because they go four for four on their effectiveness in their respective songs. Hoemita sees trap favorite Lil Yachty riffing almost non-stop about his "bitch named Dakota" who's "kinda older" in a drone that matches the darker tone that pervades the earlier part of the album. Kash Doll brags about her ass and her money on *** It Up in a way that makes her seem like soul sisters with Iggy. Big Bag features underground female rapper Stini delivering a verse about other girls being copycats, with a flow that sounds like a detached emo girl who is rapping for fun. Freak of the Week sees Juicy J being hilarious as usual, rapping about how he has a ho for each day of the week.

When a romantic relationship ends, the best form of revenge you can take after the initial fallout is to keep living your life to the fullest, while showing your ex that what they do from then on does not affect you. Iggy's defense follows a similar approach: while she uses the first two tracks as a means of venting about her issues over the previous several years, she then proceeds to not dwell on it, and go back to doing what she does best, which is rapping about her ass. In my personal opinion, Thanks I Get and Clap Back are the two weakest tracks on the album, while the rest of the album is catchy, sexy, and fun. Defense, successful.



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Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


Love this album, love Iggy

Bigglestein had a review of this up, but as soon as I realized that it was gone I was like yesssssssssssss

Also this was probably my funnest review to write

Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


I love RuPaul

Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


RIP that alt who was talking to me about drag queens

"Lola was a banger and I think should have taken off."

Lola was cool but I wasn't big on that Wicked Lips EP

FabiusPictor202
April 11th 2021


857 Comments


this chick isn't even hot therefore I hate her

Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


I'd smash

FabiusPictor202
April 11th 2021


857 Comments


yeah I think I would too but I would probably punch her in the face right after

brandontaylor
April 11th 2021


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

started and sally walker are fun bops with great MVs but there's no defending the rest of this

Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


I love Sally Walker

ConcubinaryCode
April 11th 2021


5630 Comments


How does it feel to have the highest rating on this?

No hate btw, just genuinely curious. I pos'd

zaruyache
April 11th 2021


23850 Comments


why any of this

zaruyache
April 11th 2021


23850 Comments


i am doubting you this!

MrSirLordGentleman
April 11th 2021


13925 Comments


that is one good looking BMW

"I have never nor will I ever listen to a full Iggy album"

But he's the godfather of punk

ian b
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2021


1950 Comments


honestly hard pos because this is genuinely a well-written review. but ngl i woulda pos'd any review that acknowledged the fact that Iggy has evolved quite a bit since her Billboard-pop-banger days, regardless though, good shit and while this album isn't her best a lot of the stuff she's been working at pops up on here, hopefully the last single or two isnt too indicative of the quality of her new album but ngl that format's kinda dead in this realm of music so ehhhhhh should i even care anyways? probably not

Digging: Meat Computer and KirbLaGoop - Goop Computer

Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


"How does it feel to have the highest rating on this?"

I feel prideful, but also unsurprised given that it's Iggy Azalea we're talking about.

"But he's the godfather of punk"

Well-played.

"honestly hard pos because this is genuinely a well-written review."

Thank you, sir!

ian b
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2021


1950 Comments


i was gonna make a meme about my pronouns but then i realized people on sput don't have a sense of humor, but for future reference, i'm actually non-binary! i came out a couple years ago at this point and i still dont know what to do with my pronouns but anyways, yeah idk if sir is the right title to designate me with. perhaps "thank you, loser with a special title!" maybe, lmfao

Get Low
April 11th 2021


10040 Comments


I'll alleviate the situation by never talking to anyone on this website ever again.

But seriously though, sorry. I wasn't aware. I just assume that everyone on this site is a guy unless I'm told otherwise.

Ecnalzen
April 12th 2021


10828 Comments


I think that is how most of us operate

Get Low
April 12th 2021


10040 Comments


Agreed, Mrs. Ecnalzen

Ecnalzen
April 12th 2021


10828 Comments


I don't know why but I immediately thought of this when I read that

https://media.tenor.com/images/0af7c9dda3f97daa83aa2be192875768/tenor.gif

Get Low
April 12th 2021


10040 Comments


That looks like a Mrs. Ecnalzen if I've ever seen one.



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