Earlier this month, T.I. opened up about his longstanding career in music, and revealed one executive decision that may have tarnished his legacy “as far as [being] an [music] executive is concerned.”
“I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea,” the music exec said, adding that, his time with Azalea was reminiscent of “when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.” In response, Azalea said, “Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder,” later adding, “Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you,” as social media quickly came to the Aussie rapper’s defense, listing a few of the rapper’s controversial headlines.
But now, just weeks later, T.I. is clarifying his statements, and although, he believed in her talent, there were a few other things that didn’t sit well with the King of the South.
“I feel like she was meant to be great,” T.I. said. “As far as I’m concerned, I feel like when she found out white people liked her and she didn’t really need black people to like her anymore, she switched up, started acting different, made moves that I wasn’t proud of, that kind of placed my reputation in the line of fire. And she was very arrogant about it.”
“…The raps were dope at first, you know what I mean?” T.I continued, adding, “Of course she had…help,” when Charlamagne suggested the Aussie superstar had writers. “It was dope at first, and then she exposed herself so much. And I felt like it just kinda- it undid all the good that was done.”
A few hours after the interview aired, Azalea took to Twitter to address her former boss, in more tweets that were later deleted.
“When will this guy shut up. The only song you ever were a part of making was ‘100,” the rapper wrote. “Thank you for that, but you were NOT a part of the creative OR executive process on that album. Which is why I’ve always taken issue with you trying to approximate yourself with its success.”
“Please move on and speak about artist you are (hopefully) actually helping, and stop trying to bring me up for relevance,” Azalea continued. “I don’t bring your ass up, NO ONE is asking about you. I’m tryna be nice because I genuinely have better and more interesting things happening…”
“But seeing a man speaking out of his asshole and blurting out one things in public and another in private for years is really infuriating,” she said. “Keep it pushing sweetie & worry about what your next storyline is for family hustle,” the rapper said, as she confirmed that the mogul hadn’t helped with any other song than, “100.”