T.I.

Nov
23
Iggy Azalea Wins Favorite Hip-Hop Album at AMAs

Iggy Azalea and T.I.

It was a triumphant night for Iggy Azalea, who won her first award ever at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday. The Aussie rap sensation, who led the pack with six nominations, beat out Drake and Eminem and took home the prize for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album for her debut The New Classic. She brought up her mentor T.I. while accepting the award from Jamie Foxx.

“This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life, and it means so much to me that it’s for best hip-hop because that’s what inspired me to move to America and pursue my dreams and it’s what helped me when I was a teenager to escape and to get through my life and to better times,” said Iggy.

“It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this. It’s amazing and thank you so much to T.I. for believing in me and to all my fans.”

Following her win, Twitter erupted with comments, some praising Iggy while others weren’t as kind.

“Define a hip-hop album,” tweeted Timbaland’s rap protégée Tink.

Iggy celebrated her win by hitting the stage with Charli XCX to perform “Fancy” and “Beg for It” off her new album Reclassified.

UPDATE: Iggy also took home the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist against Drake and Eminem.

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Nov
23
Video: T.I. f/ Young Thug – ‘I Need War’

T.I. and Young Thug

War ready. T.I. marches to the front lines with Young Thug in the video for “I Need War” off Hustle Gang’s G.D.O.D. 2 mixtape, which was released in September. The rappers, who scored a hit with “About the Money,” suit up in their camouflage gear and battle it out on the paintball field in the Phillyflyboy-directed clip.

Tip also recently shot a video for his new Paperwork single “G’ Shit” with Jeezy.

Watch the ATL soldiers carry out their mission.

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Nov
15
T.I. Brings Out Drake in Toronto

T.I., Drake, and P. Reign

During the Canadian leg of his “Paperwork Tour,” T.I. linked up with Canada’s own Drake in his hometown of Toronto on Friday night. He and fellow Toronto native P. Reign performed their collaboration “DnF” and Drizzy saluted the King.

“I would not be where I am in my career without this man right here,” said Drake. “This man gave me one of the most important talks of my life at one of the most important times of my life and his life. Those are words I’ll never forget. I want you to make some noise for T.I., the motherfu**in’ most legendary ni**a out here.”

With Tip and P. Reign by his side, Drake kept the hometown crowd on its feet with “0 to 100″ and his newest song “6 God.”

In related news, T.I. recently shot a video for his new Paperwork single “G’ Shit” featuring Jeezy.

Watch Hustle Gang meet OVO in T-Dot.

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Nov
11
New Music: Mr Probz f/ T.I. & Chris Brown – ‘Waves (Remix)’

Waves (Remix)

Dutch singer-songwriter Mr Probz is making a splash on the charts with his dance single “Waves,” which is currently No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Now he hopes to score an even bigger hit by calling upon T.I. and Chris Brown for the official Robin Schulz remix. Tip raps about fame and family on his opening verse, while Breezy tacks on his smooth vocals. Catch their drift.

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Oct
30
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Iggy Azalea vs. Nicki Minaj, Hustle Gang Tour

T.I. has an ear for talent. The Hustle Gang chief, who signed B.o.B and Travi$ Scott, knew he was onto something big when he discovered a blonde Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea. Since then, Iggy has taken over the charts and become a global sensation, but Tip always saw it coming.

“As soon as I seen her, I seen it,” he told Rap-Up TV of his “Fancy” protégée.

He offers her advice, but she doesn’t always take it. “She has an incredible vision for herself,” said Tip. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”

While she has experienced some bumps along the way, T.I. has been impressed with the way she’s been dealing with her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”

She’s been pitted against Nicki Minaj, but Tip says there’s no real beef, and even left the door open to a collaboration.

“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad bitch at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”

While he works on bringing the ladies together, he is also trying to put together a Hustle Gang tour. “I’m trying to work on a B.o.B, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Travi$ Scott—I’m trying to do a Hustle Gang tour,” he said. “It’s very ambitious. We’ll see.”

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Oct
30
T.I. Performs ‘No Mediocre’ on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

T.I.

With his ninth album Paperwork sitting at the top of the charts, T.I. celebrated with a performance on “The Queen Latifah Show.” Accompanied by the 1500 or Nothin’ Band, the Grand Hustle chief ruled the stage with his single “No Mediocre,” dedicating it the dimes and perfect 10s.

He also spoke to Latifah about his VH1 reality show “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” and why he decided to executive produce Oxygen’s “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.”

“Me observing and witnessing and being a part of Iggy Azalea’s career, and seeing all she went through, I know that there are others just like her and their stories are just as noteworthy and deserve to be told as well,” he said.

See the King hold court with the Queen.

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Oct
29
T.I.’s ‘Paperwork’ Lands at No. 2

T.I.

The King is back. T.I. turns up at No. 2 on the charts this week with Paperwork.

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