In My Defense

In My Defense is the second studio album by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. It was released on 19 July 2019, by Bad Dreams Records and Empire serving as the follow-up to The New Classic (2014).[3] The album contains features from Lil Yachty, Kash Doll, Juicy J, and Iggy's protégée Stini, with production including J. White Did It, who executive produced the album with handling production on majority of its tracks, and assisted by Jazze Pha, Smash David, Go Grizzly and Rico Beats. It is strictly a hip-hop record with more aggressive and confident undertone to it, which abandons a pop-influenced sound Azalea experimented with on her debut album.

In My Defense
Iggy Azalea - In My Defense.png
Studio album by
Released19 July 2019
Recorded2018–2019
GenreHip hop[1][2]
Length35:32
Label
Producer
Iggy Azalea chronology
Survive the Summer
(2018)
In My Defense
(2019)
Wicked Lips
(2019)
Singles from In My Defense
  1. "Sally Walker"
    Released: 15 March 2019
  2. "Started"
    Released: 3 May 2019
  3. "Fuck It Up"
    Released: 19 July 2019

In My Defense was preceded by three singles: "Sally Walker" was released on 15 March 2019, which debuted and peaked at number sixty two on Billboard Hot 100. "Started" was released as the second single on 3 May 2019. "Fuck It Up" featuring American rapper Kash Doll was released as the third and final single on the day of the album's release.

The album peaked at number six on the American Independent Albums chart. It also debuted at number fifty on the Billboard 200, selling 17,000 equivalents in its first week. It received generally negative reviews from music critics.

BackgroundEdit

In early 2016, Azalea released "Team",[4] the intended lead single from her second studio album, then titled Digital Distortion. Several other songs were released throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018, including the singles "Mo Bounce", "Switch" and "Savior". In late 2017, Azalea announced that the album had been shelved completely because of her ex-fiancé basketball player Nick Young cheating on her[5][6] and she was working on a new record. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that she had signed to Island Records. In mid-2018, Azalea released the extended play Survive the Summer, which includes the RIAA-certified single, "Kream", featuring Tyga.[7] Several months after the EP's release, Azalea announced she had left Island Records and had become an independent unsigned artist.[citation needed]

In August 2018, Azalea expressed her anticipation to record her album on Twitter.[8] In November, Azalea signed a multi-million dollar distribution deal with Empire[9] after her departure from Island Records.[10][11][12][13] In February 2019, Azalea announced the first single release, "Sally Walker". The single was released on 15 March 2019.[14][15] The second single "Started" was released along with its music video on 3 May 2019.[16] Azalea also teased an upcoming collaboration with Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar on Twitter. On 28 June 2019, "Just Wanna" was released as a promotional single along with the album pre-order.[citation needed]

SinglesEdit

"Sally Walker" was released on March 15, 2019 as the lead single for the album. The single would experience moderate success, reaching number 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 27 on the US Rhythmic Chart, marking Iggy's first appearance on both charts, since her single "Kream" in 2018. The song was also be performed in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show. The music video was released the same day as the single's release and featured a cameo from YouTuber James Charles.

The second single "Started" was released on May 3, 2019 and would be less successful than "Sally Walker", only peaking at 20 on the Songs Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Its music video was released the same day.

"Fuck It Up" featuring rapper Kash Doll was released on July 19, 2019 as the third and final single and reached number 40 on the New Zealand Hot Singles Chart.

"Just Wanna" was released as the only promotional single on June 28, 2019 alongside the album's pre-order.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic39/100[24]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [17]
Clash5/10[18]
HipHopDX     [19]
Idolator     [20]
Pitchfork3.8/10[21]
New Zealand Herald     [22]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ (   )[23]

In My Defense was met with generally negative reviews from critics. At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 39 out of 100, based on four reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[24] Album of the Year assessed the critical consensus as a 42 out of 100.[25]

Mike Neid of Idolator stated "It's raucous and unrepentant fun. A comedown would only provide a little more depth."[20] Craig Jenkins of Vulture stated "In My Defense is a funny follow-up to the frustrations of the Digital Distortion era because the title and cover art are ruses... It's an improvement over last year's EP [Survive the Summer]. Iggy Azalea seems to be in control of her career for the first time in a long time. Not everyone in the game can say the same."[26] Nicolas Tyrell of Clash magazine praised her overall improvement, "Azalea has improved in both her flow and story-telling in her time away from the mainstream", but noted the album as a whole is "delivered as a project that she thinks that we want to hear, as opposed to what is truly on her mind".[18] Tom Hull applauded the rapper for "doubl[ing] down on her hard edge here".[23]

In a negative review, Pitchfork's Dani Blum wrote "The album is stacked with cartoonish approximations of what she thinks a rap song should sound like: shivers of bass, the occasional 'skrrrt,' Mad Libs of designer brands and bodily fluids. Many sound like direct imitations of the rappers she admires," and critiques the album as a whole to be "Iggy cram[ming] her songs with one-liners that sound like branded Instagram captions". He praised "Sally Walker" as the best song on the album; however, describing "Freak of the Week" as "a rejected track by Megan Thee Stallion".[21]

Commercial performanceEdit

In the US, In My Defense debuted at number 50 on the US Billboard 200 with 17,000 equivalent units, marking Azalea's fourth appearance on the chart. It spent one week on the chart. The album would also land on the US Independent Albums Chart at number 6, and number 25 on the US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.

The album would peak at number 52 and 18 on the Australian Albums and Australian Urban Albums Chart respectively, while also reaching number 137 on the Belgian Albums Chart.

In the UK, The album did not enter the UK Albums Chart, but did peak at number 36 and number 35 on the UK Digital Albums and UK Independent Albums Chart. It also reached number 7 on the UK R&B Albums Chart.

Track listingEdit

All tracks produced by J. White Did It, except where noted, and written by Amethyst Kelly alongside noted co-writers.

In My Defense track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Thanks I Get"  2:34
2."Clap Back"  3:28
3."Sally Walker" 2:58
4."Hoemita" (featuring Lil Yachty) 3:03
5."Started"
  • Ronny Wright
 3:06
6."Spend It"  3:12
7."Fuck It Up" (featuring Kash Doll) 2:51
8."Big Bag" (featuring Stini)
  • Stini
2:49
9."Comme des Garçons" Rico Beats3:39
10."Freak of the Week" (featuring Juicy J) 3:12
11."Just Wanna"  2:47
12."Pussy Pop"  1:53
Total length:35:32

Samples

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[28]

Technical

  • AJ Putman – vocal engineering (tracks 1-7, 9-12)
  • Mac Attkisson – vocal engineering (tracks 1, 11)
  • Vekz Madison – vocal engineering (tracks 8-9)
  • Chris Davis – vocal engineering (track 8)
  • Evan LaRay – mixing (tracks 1-9, 11-12)
  • Leslie Brathwaite – mixing (track 10)

Artwork

ChartsEdit

Chart performance for In My Defense
Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 52
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[30] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[31] 137
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[32] 13
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[33] 36
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[34] 35
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[35] 7
US Billboard 200[36] 50
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[37] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[38] 25

Release historyEdit

Release history for In My Defense
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 19 July 2019 Bad Dreams
2 August 2019 CD [39]
26 August 2019 [40]

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