T.I. continues to share his thoughts publicly about his former protege, Iggy Azalea. On Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, the Atlanta-based rapper appeared on “The Breakfast Club” where he was asked about his business relationship with Azalea.
T.I. said that Azalea felt a sense of entitlement after she began to appeal to a wider audience. In 2014, Azalea topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks with the song “Fancy.”
“I didn’t say this to really speak down on shorty, but this is my truth,” T.I. said. “It’s my truth, and I’m sharing it. I’m not speaking down on her. I don’t wish no ill will on her. If she happens to be the biggest thing tomorrow, great, but 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.”
The interview came weeks after T.I. revealed that signing Azalea was the biggest mistake of his career.
“I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea,” T.I. told Ronda Penrice of The Root earlier this month. “That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned. To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.”
Azalea responded to T.I.’s latest statement on Twitter Monday afternoon, posting: “When will this guy shut up. The only song you ever were a part of making was “100” Thankyou 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 it’s success. (sic)”
Azalea also accused T.I. of “speaking out of his ass—-” and “blurting our one thing in public and another in private for years is really infuriating. Keep it pushing sweetie & worry about what your next story line is for family hustle.(sic)”