In retrospect, Survive the Summer is actually quite the fitting title for Iggy Azalea first body of work in four years, considering the Australian-born raptress endured such a long and complicated uphill journey to get to this point: Delays. Pushbacks. Label drama. Failed singles. And the list goes on…
But now, leaving haters to roast in the sun, Iggy moves forward and delivers the Surviving the Summer EP — her first release since 2014’s The New Classic and its reissue later that year, Reclassified.
Along with the aforementioned singles “Tokyo Snow Trip” and the Tyga-assisted “Kream,” there’s the bass-heavy title track “Survive The Summer,” which sees her talking about the challenging last 3 years she had, the backlash she faced, and the label problems which led to her fall out with Def Jam. Then there’s also cocky cuts like “Hey Iggy” and “Kawasaki,” as well as “OMG” with Wiz Khalifa, which finds her boasting about her riches and high status.
For the most part the EP sticks to a more minimalist raw approach, sitting comfortably in between the freestyle vibes of her early mixtapes and more mainstream hip-hop beats, serving as a solid reminder of her bad-ass skill-work.