Iggy Azalea's Badass New Video Is the Perfect Tribute to Quentin Tarantino

Iggy Azalea's Badass New Video Is the Perfect Tribute to Quentin Tarantino

Iggy Azalea is about to become a big topic of conversation yet again. She just dropped her new video for "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora and, like the Clueless-referencing "Fancy" before it, the video is jam packed with references. This time to the god of gore, Quentin Tarantino.


In the movie, Azalea pays studied homage to the director's Kill Bill films, donning a leather track suit and battling foes with a Samurai sword like Beatrix Kiddo. But there are a few more Tarantino shout-outs in the mix as well.

The video opens with a (drawn-out) scene in which Azalea takes a sandwich order from Michael Madsen, a staple actor in Tarantino's films. Madsen asks for a lot of cheese, a la the infamous "quarter-pounder with cheese" scene from Pulp Fiction. And is it just us or is Azalea's waitress uniform and feigned exhaustion an inadvertent reference to Jackie Brown?

Interpretations aside, "Black Widow" does Kill Bill justice with ninja stances in the snow, assassination attempts and battles with hordes of easy-to-kill minions. It's plenty to spur you along through a song that, if you listen closely, sounds a little too much like Katy Perry’s "Dark Horse."

But it's exactly this sort of riffing that has made for such a meteoric rise to the top for Azalea. "Fancy" currently holds the record for the second-longest run ever as the top rap song in the country. Her first two songs made her the first artist since The Beatles to chart their debut singles at Nos. 1 & 2 simultaneously. Like Kiddo before her, Azalea can't be stopped.

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Abdullah Saeed covers drug policy, focusing on newly forming cannabis legislation in the US. He is the author of VICE's "Weediquette" column as T. Kid. His work has appeared in High Times, Huffington Post, Paper, and Village Voice, among others.

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