SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Iggy Azalea readies the release of her sophomore album, the rapper says she’s feeling more self-assured and less worried about being or sounding cool.
“I think I’m more confident, and I think I have more belief in what I think is cool rather than worrying about what other people are going to like,” Azalea said in an interview Friday.
“I think I have more belief in myself in being a trendsetter, which all artists should. So I hope to maybe move the dial a little bit more than I did last time,” she added.
The 25-year-old made the comments before she performed at a Sports Illustrated pre-Super Bowl Party in San Francisco — a city she said she loves visiting. Azalea said she wasn’t attending Sunday’s Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California, but she’s happy to watch Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Coldplay perform during the halftime show.
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“I have to go home and work, but I will be watching them on television. I’m excited to watch them at home,” the pink-haired performer said.
She signed autographs and took photos with fans outside of the 1015 Folsom nightclub, and inside she shook hands with concertgoers in the loud crowd while also performing songs like “Fancy” and “Black Widow.”
Azalea said her new album will be released “this half of the year.” It won’t include as many guest artists as her Grammy-nominated debut, “The New Classic,” she said.
“Less features than last time. I went a bit feature crazy,” she said of the 2014 album, which included songs co-starring Jennifer Hudson, mentor T.I., reggae artist Mavado and pop singers Rita Ora and Charli XCX.
“I’m hoping people will see my growth, being able to hold my own on a song without needing somebody else’s companionship,” she added. “But I still will do some features because I love that, too.”