While perusing wrap ups of this weekend's iHeartRadio Awards ceremony, I stumbled across a headline that made me do a double take. Now of course it came courtesy of English rag The Sun, so keep in mind it's not loaded with substance, but here it goes.
Now of course a ratty publication focusing on women's cleavage isn't anything new or noteworthy, but it's the names listed that I'm concerned with, specifically one that stands out from the rest. While Hailey Baldwin doesn't have much of a connection to the music industry, she still co-hosted the ceremony last night, so it's not her. And while Isla Fisher has an even more tenuous connection the awards, she's a celeb, so it's not all that weird to see her popping up at events like this. No, the one name that really stands out, the one that I couldn't imagine being at the awards ceremony for any good reason is the one, the only, Iggy Azalea
(not to be confused with the equally problematic Azealia Banks)
I mean, what's she even doing at a music awards ceremony? She hasn't released music since like 2012 or something, right? Wrong.
Unbeknownst to myself and like 99.9 percent of the world's population, Iggy Azalea is still out here in 2018 making music that virtually none of us care to listen to, let alone acknowledge the existence of.
(except for this guy, who screwed up hard by missing out on coining "AzAliens")
If you're like me and every other sane person in the world, you're probably oblivious to the fact that Iggy dropped a new track about a week ago, one that earned commendations from Youtube viewers according to the highest standard of being "actually okay". Give a listen to it below, or don't, because if you've heard anything by her before then you've probably heard "Savior".
Even more shocking than the fact that Iggy is still making music is the fact that people are jumping on the opportunity to work alongside here, especially a clout "king" like Migos
' Quavo. Admittedly, like the generous Youtube commenters stated, the song isn't actually half bad, so long as the half that you're focusing on isn't Iggy's performance. It's got a fun, upbeat dancehall rhythm with some cutting steel pan drums and a decent vocal performance turned in by Quavo.
And then Iggy opens her mouth and says, "Been around the world and I, I, I…" with the baritone of someone who just took a hit of nitrous at a festival. It's nice to see that she's transitioned away from "rap", but without the use of vocal aids her voice is only an octave or so above the dull rumble of a chainsaw.
This is all probably a bit mean-spirited, I'll admit that, but it's just such a jarring experience to listen to an Iggy Azalea track all the way through not just once but several times over. Frankly, "Savior" isn't that bad of a song, but in the grand scheme of things it's probably not a good sign when you quest to return to being relevant again is overshadowed by a 14-year-old meme calling you "trash" and a "hoe".
Better luck on the next comeback, Iggy.