Iggy Azalea’s much anticipated first studio album is due for release in the first half of this year, following the release of her mixtape ‘Ignorant Art’ late in 2012.

22 year old Amethyst Amelia Kelly aka Iggy Azalea hails from Australia and is signed to Grand Hustle Records.

Interest started to pick up following the release of videos for her controversial tracks ‘Pu$$y’ and ‘Two Times’ went viral on youtube. Following this was her self-released mixtape ‘Ignorant Art’. Azalea said she made the release “with the intent to make people question and redefine old ideals”.

Iggy’s rapping career began aged 14, followed by a move to America the following year – telling her parents she was going on holiday before later telling them she had decided to stay for good.

She has spoken of her infatuation with hip-hop starting at the tender age of 11 with Tupac, encouraging her to pick up a pen and start writing her own songs. In addition to her obsession with Tupac, she’s also credited Missy Elliott as a massive influence.

Iggy Azalea’s debut album is due out later this year.