Before Iggy Azalea became a household name, the Australian rapper went by her birth name, Amethyst Amelia Kelly.
Call her by the moniker she was birthed with these days and she may just “kill you, seriously.”
The “Fancy” rapper is the first celeb to appear in the new Vevo original series “A.K.A.” premiering August 21, where the stars explain how they got their stage names.
“My name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, but you guys probably know me as Iggy Azalea,” The 24-year-old Sydney-born rapper began. “And that’s how it’s gonna stay.”
“I had a dog called Iggy, who I loved very, very much,” she explained of the pooch she named after Iggy Pop.
“One time he got bitten by a snake,” she continued. “And he couldn’t move his legs, and I realized he had killed the snake.”
After rushing him to the “pet hospital” her furry friend was given an antidote and after three weeks he was discharged and back to his old self again.
“I got a name-plate necklace made in his honor,” Azalea added. “Everybody started to think that my name was Iggy so it kind of became my nickname and I took it on board and started rapping with it.”
For a time the “Work” rapper went without a surname until her grandfather, who worked in television, stepped in to voice his disapproval, which is part two of her stage name’s story.
“(He) said to me, ‘You can’t have a one-word stage name,'” she recalled, before detailing a theory her gramps shared with her about the number of syllables a stage name should have and how she was not meeting the requirements by simply being called Iggy.
“It made perfect mathematical sense,” she said. “So I had to think of a good last name.”
After giving it some thought she settled on Azalea, “because that is a street name that my mom and family live on … and it sounds very feminine and I thought it would balance out Iggy being so masculine.”
Apparently she was right. Now, she feels like she was born with that name and isn’t looking to go back to the original anytime soon.
“So if you see me on the street call me Iggy or I will kill you, seriously,” she said looking directly at the camera with an evil grin before breaking into laughter. “I really will.”
Other celebs to appear in the series are Common, Future, G-Eazy, and Daddy Yankee.