Survive the Summer

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Survive the Summer
Azalea bathed under red lights while dressed in a netted bodysuit and lace mask, as two hands grab her breasts. A single white rose is placed between her hands.
EP by
Released3 August 2018 (2018-08-03)
GenreHip hop
  • Bedrock
  • Ronny J
  • GT (co.)
  • Wallis Lane
  • Ljay Currie
  • Smash David
  • Eric Weaver
Iggy Azalea chronology
Survive the Summer
In My Defense
Singles from Survive the Summer
  1. "Kream"
    Released: 6 July 2018

Survive the Summer (abbreviated as S.T.S[1]) is the fourth extended play (EP) by Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. It was released on 3 August 2018 through Island Records. Work began in mid-2017 after the album, Digital Distortion, was cancelled. Developed as a visual extended play, initially the album songs were planned to be accompanied by non-linear short films that were going to illustrate the musical concepts conceived during its development. However, in a later interview, Azalea stated that this was undecided. This had to do with the fact the music video for "Kream" took a lot of her video budget for the EP. [2] It features production by Bedrock, Ronny J, GT, and Wallis Lane.

The album was supported by the lead single, "Kream", featuring American rapper Tyga and the promotional single, "Tokyo Snow Trip", both released on 6 July 2018. “Kream” was the only single released off of the extended play. There were plans for a music video to collaboration track titled "OMG" featuring Wiz Khalifa but they did not come to fruition.


In November 2014, a reissue of Azalea's debut studio album The New Classic (2014), titled Reclassified, was released; it featured five new songs, including two singles—"Beg for It" and "Trouble". In December, she announced plans of a new tour through her Twitter account called the Great Escape Tour, stating that it went along with the title of her upcoming second studio album, which would also be promoted on it.[3] It was later announced the tour was being postponed to the fall,[4] before it was officially canceled in May 2015, as a new tour was planned around Azalea's new album to be released in the following year.[5]

In January 2015, Azalea announced that she had started working on her second studio album.[6] In October, she announced that it would be called Digital Distortion and that it was set for release in the following year.[7] On 8 January 2016, the buzz single "Azillion" was made available for free streaming on SoundCloud.[8] After leaving her main record label, UK-based Virgin EMI, Azalea decided to permanently switch to her US-based record label, Def Jam.[9] She then previewed the lenticular cover art for the album.[10]

On 18 March 2016, the intended lead single, "Team", was released for digital download.[11] In September, she explained she was delaying the album to 2017 after experiencing personal setbacks.[12] On 3 March 2017, the promotional single, "Can't Lose", was released.[13] On 24 March, the intended second single, "Mo Bounce", was released.[14] Following the release, Azalea confirmed the scrapping of the 2016 material and that she had recorded 13 new songs that include collaborations with YG, Lil Uzi Vert, and Jeremih. She also said the album should still include the songs "Elephant" featuring YG, "Team", and "Mo Bounce".[15] On 19 May 2017, the third intended single, "Switch", featuring Brazilian singer Anitta, was released.[16]

After "Switch" failed to make a commercial impact in any worldwide music chart, as well as its music video being leaked,[17] Azalea stated Def Jam had abruptly stopped the promotion for Digital Distortion. Later in 2017, Azalea announced Digital Distortion would be released on July 30, 2017,[18] until conflict between her and then-CEO of Def Jam, Steve Bartels, involving the promotion of further singles including the collaboration with Azealia Banks,[19] and the delay of the album,[20][21][22] which prompted Azalea to express her frustration and disappointment on social media.[20][23] Azalea later announced on Twitter the album would have no official release date. It was reported many tracks from Digital Distortion were leaked online, which was after Azalea expressed her frustrations with label executives for "ignoring" her on Snapchat.[24] After Digital Distortion being delayed and later cancelled, Azalea departed from Def Jam and signed with Island Records.[25]

On February 2, 2018 Azalea released her single "Savior". The single was promoted during the Super Bowl on February 4, 2018. Once the tracklist for S.T.S was released, Savior was not included because it did not fit the EP's theme but "may have a home in my album." In an interview with iHeartRadio, she emphasized the song's lyrics being written at a time during her breakup with NBA basketball player Nick Young, and her career she "was used to [...] had abruptly stopped".[26] On July 6, 2018, "Kream" was released as the first single, along with the promotional single, "Tokyo Snow Trip". On August 3, 2018, Survive the Summer was released for digital download and streaming worldwide.


Azalea shared on 24 December 2017, that the album cover will feature only three letters, "S.T.S", which is the album title's abbreviation.[27] She revealed the cover art via Instagram on 29 June 2018. Described by Rap-Up as "dark and provocative", it finds Azalea bathed under red lights while dressed in a netted bodysuit and lace mask, as two hands grab her breasts. A single white rose is placed between her hands.[28] When asked about its symbolism, she answered saying: "Mourning, death. Like throwing a flower into a casket and saying goodbye to something."[29]


On 2 September 2017, Azalea posted a snippet of a new song on Twitter with the hashtag "#STS".[30] On 7 November, she officially cancelled Digital Distortion and announced she would release a new project titled Surviving the Summer, after severe creative differences.[31] She also revealed that the album would be released by a new label and new management, following her departure from Def Jam.[32] On December 10, Azalea posted two new snippets of a song from the album.[33][34] On 2 February 2018, "Savior" featuring American rapper Quavo was released as the lead single from the album,[35] but was later cut from the tracklist and turned into a buzz single. On 27 April, Azalea announced Surviving the Summer would be a visual extended play instead of an album, which means that every song of it will be accompanied by visuals.[36] Originally set to be released on 2 June before switching to 30 June and then to 6 July, Azalea announced on 8 June that the EP was pushed back again to 3 August. According to her, the release date was postponed because her "record label, Island Records, is changing presidents," and that she has "to allow time for everyone in the company to re-organise".[37] On 6 July, the album was made available for pre-order as Survive the Summer, along with the release of the lead single "Kream" featuring American rapper Tyga and the promotional single "Tokyo Snow Trip".[38]

In attempt to further promote the EP, Azalea planned a 21-city North American Bad Girls Tour at the end of 2018 with support from Cupcakke and Meghan Thee Stallion.[39] Initially, CupcakKe announced in October 2018 via Twitter she would no longer be apart of the tour due to the management of the tour paying her $30,000 of the intended $330,000 she was originally promised. Cupcakke further explained the disorganization of the tour, and stated it did not have to do with Iggy Azalea, but her management.[40] Live Nation announced days after the tour was cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances",[41] and Ticketmaster refunded tickets.[42]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[43]

Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork described Survive the Summer's influence of Hip hop music, "she knows what a good rap song should sound like in the abstract, but she is incapable of making one".[44] Vulture praises the EP's concept as "an interesting choice aesthetically", though "STS aims for sparseness but sometimes comes out feeling palpably empty".[45]

Track listing[edit]

Survive the Summer[46]
1."Survive the Summer"
  • Ljay Currie
  • Eric Weaver
2."Tokyo Snow Trip"
  • Kelly
  • Joseph Epperson
3."Kream" (featuring Tyga)
4."Hey Iggy"
  • Kelly
  • Epperson
  • Bedrock
  • Weaver
6."OMG" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)
  • Kelly
  • Rodriguez Kirkland Matthew
  • Samuel David Jimenez
  • Akil King
  • Cameron Thomaz
  • Smash David
  • Weaver
Total length:15:53


  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.

Sample Credits


  • Eric Weaver – production (tracks 1, 5-6), vocal production (track 1, 5-6)
  • Ljay Currie – production (track 1)
  • Bedrock – production (tracks 2, 4-5)
  • Ronny J – production (track 3)
  • Wallis Lane – production (track 3)
  • Smash David – production (track 6)
  • GT – co-production (track 3)
  • Eric Weaver - engineering (tracks 1-2, 4-6)
  • Christian "CQ" Quinonez – engineering (tracks 2-5)
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing (tracks 1-5)
  • Mike Seaberg – mixing assistance (all tracks)
  • Jacob Richards – mixing assistance (all tracks)
  • Rashawn Mclean – mixing assistance (all tracks)


Chart (2018) Peak
Australia Digital Albums (ARIA)[47] 17
US Billboard 200[48] 144

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Worldwide 3 August 2018 Digital download Island [46]


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