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T.I. says signing Iggy Azalea was like Michael Jordan leaving NBA for baseball

T.I. (Photo Credit: Dewayne Rogers for Steed Media)

T.I. recently revealed his thoughts on signing female rapper Iggy Azalea. During an interview with Ronda Racha Penrice of The Root, the Atlanta-based rapper said that signing Iggy was his biggest blunder.

When Penrice asked T.I. about signing female rappers, the head of Grand Hustle said, “I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea,” he said.

T.I. continued by comparing the blunder to Michael Jordan’s foray into baseball. “That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned,” T.I. said. “To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.”

In 1994, Jordan retired from the NBA and decided to join the Chicago White Sox as a minor league player. Although Jordan hit three home runs during his lone season with the Birmingham Barons, he never made it to Major League Baseball. Jordan would return to the Chicago Bulls one year later and win three more championships before retiring a second time.

Once T.I.’s article went viral, Iggy responded on social media with “Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaoooooooooooooo, Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you.”

Iggy also claimed that T.I. was a misogynist. “The tea I could spill on what bulls— this is, but at the end of the day I think people can see it’s clear he’s salty,” she tweeted. “He’s a huge misogynist and has never been able to have a conversation with any woman in which he doesn’t speak like a fortune cookie.”

Iggy’s career has suffered since the release of the song “Fancy.” Some have accused her of being a culture-vulture because she’s an Australian native who raps with an accent that’s traditionally associated with the southern region of America.