It Has Arrived! Stream Iggy Azalea’s ‘Survive The Summer’ In Full
Iggy Azalea’s Survive The Summer has finally arrived. The Aussie rapper’s project has gone through a variety of iterations since being announced last November. First billed as her sophomore LP (and titled Surviving The Summer), it was packaged with the Quavo-assisted “Savior.” But plans changed after the (underrated) tropical-tinged single failed to pick up on the charts. It shrank in size and took on a nebulous quality in the face of those shifts. Today (August 3), the wait is over. The “Mo Bounce” superstar unveiled an EP’s worth of material, and she has delivered six well-produced bangers that are prepared to propel her back to the top of the game.
The collection got back on the right track last month when she dropped the Tyga-assisted “Kream.” Scrapping the ill-fated “Savior” from the tracklist, this became the official lead single. Over a sparse beat, they deliver self-assured verses. “First you get the money. Then you get the power. Hoes come last,” she declares on the opening lines. Buoyed by a NSFL video (no matter what setback she has faced, it remains clear no one twerks like Iggy), it became the hitmaker’s first track to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2016’s “Team.” The hard-hitting “Tokyo Snow Drift” garnered similarly strong reviews, and the remaining content is just as striking.
With each track clocking in under 3 minutes, Iggy keeps things tight and to the point. She opens the project with the title track, which serves as a testament to her resilience. “If I don’t like it then I switch. Label tripping so I switch,” she cryptically announces. Her message for anyone who gets in her way is less promising. “You won’t survive the summer.” Meanwhile “Hey Iggy” puts a brag-heavy spin on the famous chant from Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” Whereas the original sees Basil lusting after a crush, the new version is all about how irresistible others find the “Black Widow” icon. “I said hey Iggy, you’re so fine. You’re so fine, you blow my mind,” she coos over trap beats. How fine is she? Fine enough to inspire these lines: “Baddest white bitch in the club, I can make Future put down the drink.”
Despite having faced a string of poor luck with stalling buzz tracks, leaks and failed album plans, she remains as confident as ever. “They telling me be humble but they know I’m cocky. Let me feel myself, yeah, daddy know I’m cocky,” she chants on “Kawasaki.” Cleverly weaving double entendres through the lyrics, it is another delightfully raunchy bop. Wiz Khalifa drops a verse on the closer, “OMG.” Unfortunately, he jumps on some of the same lines from the previous track. It dulls the shine of his contribution, but that isn’t enough to reduce how seriously Iggy bodies her verses.
In its final form Survive The Summer is one of the rapper’s most consistent offerings. There is none of the shimmering pop aesthetic that helped her top the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy” in 2014. However, she is just as alluring without the supersized hooks and singalong choruses that defined some of her biggest hits. It goes harder, has more confidence and makes it clear that nothing will get between Iggy and what she loves best. All things considered, that is more than enough for me to chalk it up as a win. Stream the EP in full below!