IGGY AZALEA at Wrongbar, Friday, May 18. Rating: NN
There were so many high ponytails in the crowd at Iggy Azalea's club show, you had to wonder if the platinum blond Australian MC was selling them at the merch table.
That hairstyle is her signature, and during the show she twirled and yanked at her own while spitting fast, fluid and inane rhymes over stripped-down Southern rap beats.
Last year, Azalea became a major label concern after her PU$$Y music video went viral and she joined rapper T.I.'s Grand Hustle roster. She's an energetic performer, but her show has the stage-managed feel of a brand-building exercise.
"Does anybody know where the Azaleans live?" she asked, one of many times she invoked the catchphrase for her fan base.
Banter-wise, she sticks to pre--rehearsed anecdotes that précis each song. To intro Beat Down, she recounted the time she opened a can of whoop-ass on "a bitch" who looked at her wrong.
Moments later, a woman in the audience lost it and wound up on the wrong side of a headlock, providing a distraction as the twerking competition happening onstage dragged on.