We’ve been excited for the past few weeks as we awaited Iggy Azalea’s brand new EP, titled Survive The Summer. The EP gained two singles, one official and one promotional, which were “Kream” featuring Tyga and “Tokyo Snow Trip” respectively.
Iggy Azalea, real name Amethyst Kelly, has really earned her place in the rap music industry and she continues to prove herself time and time again. She’s had a bunch of various hits, namely “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX, “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora, as well as featuring on Ariana Grande’s “Problem”. She’s one of these acts that keep us all guessing, unsure of which path she’s following, and so she creates her own path when it comes to music. This EP sees her return to her early music days, where she dropped a couple of EPs and mixtapes, and this one sure sounds like a current version of what she had released back then. It’s clear that going back to her musical roots has really allowed her to shine, especially since the long-awaited second studio album, which was planned to be titled Digital Distortion, never materialised.
The Survive The Summer EP contains a total of six tracks and includes collaborations from Wiz Khalifa and Tyga. It’s something we’ve been waiting from her and we can’t wait to see what more new music she brings to the industry. Here’s our track by track EP review.
Survive The Summer
This track starts off with a surprising intro before launching into typical Iggy Azalea rap that is a rhythmic beauty. From the lyrics, we can gather that she is talking to her haters and the ones who say stuff about her, it’s a clap-back track which sees her claim that these sorts of people aren’t going to survive the summer; to be fair, karma does come back around.
Tokyo Snow Trip
Now, this is one of our favourite full-on rap tracks on the EP as it has dark depths that easily drag us in. It was only a promotional single, but we hope it gets a full release at some point as we would love to see a full-on music video to this. It goes well following “Survive the Summer” and has this incredible whisper rap that totally works for Iggy Azalea. It’s a track that some will love and others will hate, so it is a required taste, but it’s one we could listen to on repeat.
Kream (feat. Tyga)
Here’s the official single that was released and it’s still as catchy as the day we first heard it. It’s beyond raunchy from the get-go, but what else do we expect from Iggy Azalea from time to time? As for the collaboration itself, both Iggy Azalea and Tyga work brilliantly together and we can’t help but hope another collaboration between the two is dropped again in the future.
This one starts off with Iggy Azalea’s vocals straight away, setting the scene in a club. Once again, this singer-songwriter shows off her versatility as this rap song is much more of a story-telling track, with full details and totally visionary. “Hey Iggy” is certainly one that will appeal to her fans, and we can see it being a highlight during a gig as the crowd sings along to the song.
“Kawasaki” is a Japanese brand name that specialises in motorbikes, jet skis, and all-terrain vehicles; it’s surprising to see the title on this EP, but what’s not surprising is to hear the heavily Japanese-inspired music at the very start. It has fierce, unstoppable lyrics from Iggy Azalea, allowing her to show what she is capable of. It’s completely rhythmic with a little bit of eerieness in the backing track. The ending has motorbike noises, making the listener think an actual motorbike has driven past.
OMG (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
This is the last track on the EP and it has to be amazing, right? Especially since it is a collaboration with Wiz Khalifa. It’s a surprising symphonic start with Iggy Azalea’s voice shining throughout as she launches in with her first verse. As the track goes on, this female rapper gets used to the sound and fully nails the lyrics. It’s rhythmic and personal, allowing us to start singing along. Then, Wiz Khalifa kicks in with his vocals, and it breaks up Iggy Azalea’s voice at the exact right moment. Another brilliant collaboration from these two.
If anything, this EP is an ode to her first EPs and mixtapes whilst keeping it in the present. She needed to drop new music and since we weren’t going to get a new album that we were all hoping for, an EP was a brilliant back-up and some of thee songs are officially stuck in our heads for now.
Survive The Summer EP is available to download and stream right now, via Island Records. We truly believe that more epic music is set to be released in the future from Iggy Azalea.