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.[2] The album's lead single, "Sally Walker", was released on 15 March 2019,[3] followed by the second single, "Started", on 3 May 2019. J. White Did It executive produced the album along with handling production on majority of its tracks, and assisted by Smash David, Go Grizzly, and Rico Beats. The album debuted and peaked at number 50 on the Billboard 200 chart. In My Defense sold 16,000 copies in the first week of being released, according to Billboard. As of October 2019, In My Defense has gotten over 200 million streams between YouTube and all streaming platforms.

In My Defense
Iggy Azalea - In My Defense.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 2019
RecordedJanuary 2019
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

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 My Defense sold 16,000 in its first week. 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][1] In February 2019, Azalea announced the first single release, "Sally Walker". The single was released on 15 March 2019.[13][14] The second single "Started" was released along with its music video on 3 May 2019.[15] 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]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY42/100[16]
Metacritic39/100[23]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [17]
Clash5/10[18]
HipHopDX     [19]
Idolator     [20]
Pitchfork3.8/10[21]
New Zealand Herald     [22]

In My Defense received negative reviews from music critics who criticized its lyrics and Azalea's performance, saying that the album is way below her potential. On the review aggregator Metacritic, the album received a 39 score out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews" based on 4 critics. 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."[24] 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]

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]

Track listingEdit

Adapted from Apple Music and Tidal.[25][26]

All tracks are written by Amethyst Kelly, except where noted. All production done by J. White Did It, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Thanks I Get"2:34
2."Clap Back"3:28
3."Sally Walker" (writers: Kelly, Anthony White)2:58
4."Hoemita" (featuring Lil Yachty; writers: Kelly, Miles Parks McCollum)3:03
5."Started" (writers: Kelly, Ronny Wright)3:06
6."Spend It"3:12
7."Fuck It Up" (featuring Kash Doll; writers: Kelly, Arkeisha Knight)2:51
8."Big Bag" (featuring Stini: writers: Kelly, Stini; producers: Go Grizzly, Smash David)2:49
9."Comme des Garçons" (producers: Rico Beats)3:39
10."Freak of the Week" (featuring Juicy J; writers: Kelly, Jordan Houston)3:12
11."Just Wanna"2:47
12."Pussy Pop"1:53
Total length:35:32

Samples

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[26]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[28] 52
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[29] 18
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 137
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[31] 13
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[32] 36
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[33] 35
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[34] 7
US Billboard 200[35] 50
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[36] 6
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[37] 25
US Rolling Stone 200[38] 22

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 19 July 2019 Bad Dreams
2 August 2019 CD [39]
26 August 2019 [40]

ReferencesEdit

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