T.I. Defends Iggy Azalea Against Azealia Banks

Iggy Azalea and T.I.

T.I. stopped by DJ Drama’s radio show on Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 to introduce his Hustle Gang members including Iggy Azalea, Chip (formerly known as Chipmunk), and his group D.O.P.E. The Grand Hustle CEO revealed that he’s up for two major movie roles and addressed speculation about where he’ll sign after delivering his last album Trouble Man for Atlantic Records. He also defended Grand Hustle’s First Lady, who Tip nicknamed the “Igga Monster,” after Azealia Banks called her out on Twitter.

T.I. shared that he is in talks to appear in two major movies. One is a remake of a “very huge blockbuster,” where he will star alongside a “phenomenal leading lady.” The other is a DC Comics film.

Grand Hustle’s Aussie rap sensation spoke about her determination to make it as a rapper, Australia’s rap scene, signing to Interscope, and what she thought of Azealia Banks’ brash comments about her making XXL magazine’s “Freshmen Class” list.

“This is my day and it’s my achievement,” the blonde MC told Drama. “You have to work to have your own achievements, with all due respect. Instead of worrying about who else is on there, you should just be happy that I’m on there as a woman for women, and if you want to have your own achievement, work and have your own achievement. I can’t take what’s meant for you and you can’t take what’s meant for me.”

T.I. also jumped to Iggy’s defense, claiming not to be familiar with her “212” rival. “Strategically if she really cares about a freshmen cover maybe she could hope that she’ll suck enough to get shelved and then next year when the freshmen cover comes back around, maybe she’ll still be a freshman.”

He continued addressing Banks, “If you spend half of your day getting money and the other half of your day counting money, you ain’t got no time in your day to worry about nobody else.”

Iggy is readying “Murder Business,” the first single from her Interscope debut The New Classic. Produced by Bei Maejor, the “cold-blooded” record is set to drop on March 15.



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64 Comments

  1. TheTroll

    This is stupid. Why is he even working with her?

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @TheTroll, Child please, he can defend her all he wants to, because she will FLOP as well.! None of these chicks will be selling any records. Mark my words.

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    mj Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, No one gives a fuck about Nicki. She is not the only female rapper out. I know you didn’t mention her but it was too obvious where you were going with it

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    Team Minaj Reply:

    @mj, Obviously bilboard does because that’s where she stay at. Fuck? This reamm had nothing to do with Nicki in the first place. Why bring her name up? BECAUSE SHE’S RELEVANT.

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  2. w

    LMAOOOO

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  3. aisha

    I like Iggy I’ve never even heard of the other chick but their both right she need to stop worrying about her and work hard so she can be on the cover of a magazine.

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  4. I.D

    Why is T.I talking about a magazine cover?
    Banks problem with Iggy is that she used a slave reference in one of her songs, THEN she got on a cover of a black magazine.
    Why doesn’t T.I address the main issue?
    Who really gives a fuck about a XXL magazine cover these days?

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    keisha Reply:

    @I.D, preach!

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  5. keisha

    TI is trying to cash in on this white girl. Chick has only two songs that are only online (but that’s working hard?). She has a ghostwriter, this is a lame gimick. She’s trash. May someone save HipHop, since TIP is showing he’s ready to kill it. He only cares about money. TIP has like 3 good years left in the rap game anyway.

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    e Reply:

    @keisha, she has a whole mixtape that is actually really good.

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    keisha Reply:

    @e, no one plays it.

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    hh Reply:

    @keisha, lol gtfo kei$ha. iggy rocks

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  6. e

    lmao T.I. is hilarious but azealia banks needs to have a seat.

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  7. keisha

    And don’t get it twisted. People $$$$ pay to be on magazine covers. Nothing authentic about this at all.

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    JMS Reply:

    @keisha, Exactly.

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  8. JMS

    I think TI is whack for that. I haven’t heard a lot A.B.’s music but I do know she is doing big things not only in music but in fashion too. So to insinuate that she ‘sucks’ was childish, especially when there aren’t many black artist (let alone females) doing it. Even though she doesn’t use tact, what she said about I.A. was very true. Even if it was just a lyric in a song, I have a problem with someone who is obviously catering her music to black people but would trivialize something like slavery. I don’t think having an issue without that makes you a ‘hater’ or ‘negative’. People like to classify others as haters too quickly because they have their own perspective or opinion on something. TI should have just kept silent on that one.

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @JMS, You have to know where the line came from & the context it was used in. It’s from D.R.U.G.Z. Which uses the same beat as Kendrick Lamar’s “Look Out For Detox” beat. Kendrick is a huge influence on Iggy. His line was “I’m a runaway slave…” commenting on his race. Iggy added the master part commenting on her race and shouting out Kendrick on his own beat. It was a clever double entendre and one that should make Kendrick Lamar proud.

    My thing with Azealia is that she’s capitalizing off the whole hipster scene her self. And to be honest her music is ok. I’ve heard two songs out of about 6 that I really like. If its really a race issue her own image kinda conflicts with what she’s preaching. The main ppl blowing up her record are white hipsters. Should white techno artist tell her she has no right to captilize on their “culture”?

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    Fefe Reply:

    @Boy Wonder, I don’t see how saying “I’m a runaway slave Master” is being clever, I see it as being a subliminal message. I don’t think Kendrick Lamar would be proud of that. If she was clever enough…she could have shouted him out in another way.

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    Mad fan Reply:

    @Boy Wonder,
    Do your research on iggy her song PuSSy was and exact knock off from @chloe_xcrush she had a mixtape
    Drop weeks before iggy swag jacked her on the PU$$y. Her manager and iggy manager are best friends and it’s no need to worry. When Chloe drops on Slip-N-Slide this summer the music speaks for itself. Listen the bitch said I been at interscope for 2 years seeing yem every week. This bitch still doesn’t have a hit and god knows TI can’t buy one. Dumb move. No hype better then you own. Diddy said it best the music will speak for itself. Period. This chick is a Knock off and just cause she’s white and blonde don’t make her dope. Play a hit record. Chloe is going to shit all these wack bitches up. Not because she going to diss them because her music will kill and image.

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  9. MinajRules2012

    Iggy and Azealia needs to have a seat! Several seats! Neither one of these chicks will sell any albums. They are LAME! No competition after 4/3/12.

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    Fuckery Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Bitch stop trying so hard to hit ur point, there’s space for everyone who’s got talent and strenght…you are the jobless lame bitch who has done nothing with your life…have stadium of seats!!

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  10. nikoyuki

    Its room for both the girls but I a feel nether are going to do good, but I still chose a.banks, I like her cause she’s raw and hard around the edges. She’s like the rap version of Rihanna. Plus lose some respect for tip, because a.banks said her peace and moved on, she is in Europe doing fashion week with the treats. So I’m sure shes over it.

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  11. Kyle

    I respect Iggy more with what she said about Azealia taking shots at her. It’s so true; they’re both new to the game and they have to prove themselves first before they talk shit. Good way to maintain your class if you ask me. LMAO at what T.I. said about her.

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  12. yandy

    for real idk care for her she is not gone sell when we have kim nicki and missy elliot in the game about to drop albums and singles bye girl

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  13. Mas

    Iggy will make it…u sit and watch

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  14. WonderLand19

    People are so negative.

    Love Iggy and Chip. They have made potential to blow most of the rappers out their out of the water. Soo excited for Iggy and Chip. T.I is a really good mentor to have.

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  15. Kim

    AB has Kanye West behind her. That alone is enough. With his talent and connections plus her talent,she can go far. Plus,TI did himself and his new threesome with Tiny side piece NO favors with Black women when he went in on another Black woman.

    This fake ass Great White Hype is going to flop like all the White female rappers before her. The only ones checking for her are White folks and dumb ass Black folks who have no problem with the chick calling herself a runaway slave master.

    TI is a snitch and has no credibility left for cooning with this broad.

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    YoureRatchetdot Blogspotdotcom Reply:

    @Kim, LMAO Tellem!!!

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    keisha Reply:

    @YoureRatchetdot Blogspotdotcom, LMAO

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  16. flawda

    I wish these bitches would go do porn or model and stop calling that whack shit hiphop because it ain’t. Ya’ll are just gimmicks who use sexuality to make up for the fact ya’ll can’t rap.

    If you look at these broads videos it’s nothing but ass and breast shots, no concept or content.

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  17. @TaiMiicel

    ii love iggy i cant wait

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  18. JoJo

    This Nicki Minaj fan who is trolling this post needs to stop i love Nicki and your just making TM look stupid

    i love iggys music and i hope she makes it . but i think she is moving to fast she needs to get her name out there more , before she releases an album by promoting her self and doing some features

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  19. CHARLIE_SHEEN

    T.I. needs to shut up and go douche is booty hole. A.Banks is way better than this trash box. Substance over trash anyday. People are so stupid and always fall for the bandwagon role. The world is brainwashed what more can I expect.

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    George Reply:

    @CHARLIE_SHEEN, Substance? This bitch Azealia banks raps about getting dudes to trick on her & having lesbian sex. Yeah lotta substance there! She might say what she’s saying in a tongue twisting way but shorty ain’t saying SHIT. MCs like Jean Grae, K’La, or Reema Major are saying something. This chick Azealia Banks is garbage truck juice. She has the skill but zero substance.

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  20. Fire

    T.I will not bring Hip-Hop to it’s knees with this trash. I will boycott anything this iggy chick releases.

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    newkicks Reply:

    @Fire, =FAN

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    Fire Reply:

    @newkicks, ahahaha gtfoh

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  21. Fefe

    This is crazy. I never heard of this Iggy chick until now. She’s whack and her music sucks, SHE HAS NO TALENT! T.I. is just using her for her complexion. Iggy Azalea did not get on the cover of XXL due to hard work, she’s on the cover because she’s white. Most of these Hip-Hop magazines are owned by white people. Do you really think a person of African Decent would put a girl who reference herself as a “runaway slave master” on a magazine they own?? Think about it.

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  22. Cherryfalls

    Who is she? She has millions of views on youtube and your artist only has hundreds of thousands. Yet, your artist is the one with more hype on these urban websites. Hmmm, interesting. I’d hate to say it, but Iggy’s hype appears to have nothing to do with her music. Lost some of my admiration for T.I. Music > Hype

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  23. darkangel

    Bankz got her 4 million views cuz of Kanye.

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    yung Reply:

    @darkangel, Cosign. Kanye did the same for Tyler, The Creator last year. Song is ass though.

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  24. #JustSayin

    This chick is acting too black on us! SMH

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  25. TRUTH

    She seems smart young lady but what I don’t get is that why she is even trying to BE a rapper. I don’t nobody is ever gonna take her seriously and she’ll have always have more haters than fans.

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  26. TRUTH

    I don’t think nobody is ever gonna take her seriously and she’ll always have more. CORRECTION!

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  27. TRUTH

    WTF I’M I WRITINFG?? WHAT I MEANT WAS –>

    She seems smart young lady but what I don’t get is that why she is even trying to BE a rapper. I don’t think nobody is ever gonna take her seriously and she’ll always have more haters than fans.

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  28. ???

    Why is she acting like shes black? Even TIP noticed her cursing all of a sudden! And I hear someone mentioning that she kinda quite at the studio. ANNOYING!

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    lol.. Reply:

    @???, you sound dumb. all ppl curse, not just black ppl.

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  29. here yee

    no one is checking for t.i.’s ancient, geriatric ass. he needs to stop memorizing the thesaurus and mixing it with that stupid country ass slang. too bad it didn’t improve his lyrical content. haha

    …and this chick can’t rap worth shit. plus the slave master line is str8 up RACIST – don’t care how you look at it. she’s wack and deserved to be called out. lets see who’ll buy her album.

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  30. Outspoken

    You never heard of her Tip?…lies. She’s making major waves and your artist…well…is just on the cover of XXL lol. Almost 6 mil views of her song, sold out shows overseas, making moves in the fashion industry (yes even with her “dusty” weave), major Kanye cosign, shit even gwyenth Paltrow bumps her on a regular basis lol….so…you know her.

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  31. understand fool

    RACIST HOE

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  32. Merline Stevens

    I think she is a one hit wonder. Her sound sucks. She’s not even promoting innovating message to youth Pussy really her single. Trash. She know she had to do some stupid shit to get attetion. And T.I really support. What he fucking her to.

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  33. Justsayin

    Lol at how they got shut down when he mentioned her 4 million plus views..the laughter stopped immediately.they know banks now huh

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  36. Jay

    Really good interview. T.I. is a real intelligent dude. And I’m liking Iggy. She seems real. She’s most definitely sexy! :) Funny story about how T.I and Iggy connected.

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  37. Jay

    …I really look forward to Chip’s new music too.

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  41. jay_juvenile

    HUSTLE GANG OR DIE!!!

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  42. star

    i knw this not the topic but is it me or does she look like christina aguilera?????

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  43. AJAX

    neither one of these 2 artists are that good. But I would still take Iggy over Banks even with the racist ass line.

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  44. Dude

    It seem like only ones hating on this chick are black females and Minaj lovers… Chick is straight and def not as annoying as Minaj. For the chick saying T.I just trying to make money…. Duh bitch everyone trying to eat in the industry. For the slave comment the only person that should be offended is kendrick…..unless you refer to yourself as a slave… I’m black and def nobodies slave so im not gonna jump thru my skin for that weak ass line.

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  45. Austin

    Its freaking entertainment. Art, a game, skill, lol

    Iggy is easy on the eyes and its fun music. Remember fun? Heard of Iggy not this other girl. Hype? w/e, would have never heard of her without “hype” I guess.

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