She signed a recording contract with American rapper T.

I.'s Grand Hustle Records imprint in 2012, after gaining attention from her first full-length project, Ignorant Art, a mixtape.

She claims to have hated school, which, apart from art class, only made her miserable.

She also said she had no friends and was teased for her homemade outfits.

During that period, she met future collaborators FKi and Natalie Sims. was set to executive produce The New Classic, soon after a phone call the two had.

Her song "Pu$$y", was included on the mixed tape and features guest appearances from YG, Joe Moses, Chevy Jones, and Problem. At the time, Azalea was eyeing a summer release for The New Classic: "Hopefully if all goes to plan, my album will be out in June and I'll have it recorded by the end of the month." However, after Interscope did not allow T. to be an ongoing part of her deal, Azalea opted not to sign with the major label and stay independently signed to Grand Hustle Records, until the release of her first album, which had then been postponed.

When she first arrived in the United States in 2006, she stayed in Miami, Florida, and afterwards lived briefly in Houston, Texas.

Azalea settled for a few years in Atlanta, Georgia, working with a member of the Dungeon Family named Backbone.If your family's lived in Australia for a long time, everyone has a little bit of [Aborigine blood].I know my family does because we have an eye condition that only Aboriginal people have." Azalea has also said that her father "made her look at [art] as a teenager", which has always influenced her life and work.In January and February 2013, while working on her upcoming singles and The New Classic, which was announced to be released in the summer, Azalea was the opening act for Rita Ora's Radioactive Tour, in the United Kingdom.As part of her set for Ora's Radioactive Tour, Azalea premiered her commercial debut single "Work", which also serves as the lead single for her debut album.Glory, although not released in May, as it was originally scheduled, was released 30 July 2012.