Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea Splits with Island Records, Azealia Banks Responds

Iggy Azalea is a free agent.

The Aussie rapper has parted ways with her label Island Records. “I’m officially unsigned!!!!” she tweeted on Saturday (Nov. 3). “Wild you spend so long trying to get IN a record deal… never thought I’d be so elated to be OUT of one.”

The 28-year-old seemed excited about the next chapter in her career as an independent artist. “now I’m free to release whatever kinda music I like, whenever I’d like woooo!” she said.

Azalea, who released her Survive the Summer EP in August, is taking her time with her next project and doesn’t plan to release new music until early 2019. “I am no where near ready direction wise etc with the stuff I’ve been working on and I don’t wanna jump the gun and have some messy era aesthetically,” she said. “I’m aiming to be ready to share new music early next year!”

She admits that she was hesitant to share the news, but is happy with her decision. “I actually felt a little nervous yesterday, I guess I was worried people wouldn’t get my choice and would make it negative somehow,” she tweeted. “Everyone’s been really supportive of this move – thanks for understanding and making me even more excited for all the new stuff. Skys the limit.”

She even hinted that she would be returning to her mixtape roots by retweeting a fan. “Yup! Still in the studio! Who need a feature? I’m back on the block. Haha,” she wrote.

Azalea was originally signed to Def Jam in the U.S., where she released her 2014 debut The New Classic, which spawned the chart-topping hit “Fancy.” In August, she released her six-track EP Survive the Summer via Island Records.

Following the announcement, her on-again, off-again rival Azealia Banks weighed in with a series of insults. “Can we all give Azealia Banks a round of applause for completely ruining whatever plan Iggy Azalea had to succeed while having stole my name?” tweeted Banks. “Her white ass really thought she would be able to take what was for me and run with it.”

She continued, saying Iggy would be “knocked up by some aint shit black dude in Atlanta in 3,2,1” and that “love and hiphop is next.” “Her life is only going to get worse and worse,” said Banks.

Iggy clapped back in a series of since-deleted tweets. “I’m so sick of her ass sitting at HOME for years thinking of me every 5 seconds and running her fingers across the keyboard. Shut the fuck up crusty! Where was all this energy on Wildin out?!” she said, referencing Banks’ emotional breakdown on Nick Cannon’s MTV show.

“You sell 40k a week but make soap in your bathtub? I think NOT,” added the “Kream” rapper. “Ms. Beauty butt. Even your teeth tired of all that shit you talk that’s why they look like they still tryna escape your mouth…”