Azealia Banks Defends Black Culture, Slams Iggy Azalea and T.I.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks has been very vocal on social media, but she has shied away from the media. The “212″ rapper had a lot to get off her chest when she finally sat down with Hot 97′s Ebro and Peter Rosenberg for an in-depth and emotional interview this week.

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Usher Brings Out T.I., Ludacris, Jeezy, & Rae Sremmurd in Atlanta

T.I. and Usher

It was one giant party in A-town when Usher returned home for his “UR Experience” tour on Tuesday night. After bringing out Trey Songz in Chicago and Chris Brown, Kid Ink, and Jeremih in L.A., Usher was joined by some of his fellow ATLiens including T.I., Ludacris, and Jeezy.

Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, and Luda hit the stage for “Lovers and Friends,” T.I. and Young Thug turned up with “About the Money,” and Jeezy joined Ursh for “Love in This Club.”

Juicy J also showed up to perform Usher’s strip club banger “I Don’t Mind,” and Rae Sremmurd capped off the show with “No Type” and “No Flex Zone.”

The “UR Experience” tour comes to a close on Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Watch Usher and friends turn up in ATL.

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Rap-Up TV: T.I. Reacts to Iggy Azalea’s Grammy Nominations

On Friday, Iggy Azalea scored four nominations at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Record of the Year for “Fancy.” The Aussie rap sensation also picked up nods for Best Rap Album for The New Classic and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

During his appearance at Power 106′s Cali Christmas on Friday, her Hustle Gang mentor T.I. was beaming with pride as he reacted to the news.

“It’s awesome,” he told Rap-Up TV. “We’re just incredibly proud of her and happy that she’s enjoying her moment. She’s worked hard.”

According to Tip, Iggy is heading back into the studio soon to work on her sophomore album.

“She’s really just focused on her next project though,” he added. “She’s definitely working diligently trying to make sure that she maintains this level of intensity.”

When asked if he will be part of the project, Tip laughed. “We’ll see.”

J. Cole, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, & T.I. Perform at Cali Christmas 2014

J. Cole

The stars got turned up for the holidays at Power 106′s annual Cali Christmas in Inglewood on Friday. The star-studded concert, which was streamed live, kicked off with performances from Tinashe, G-Eazy, Kalin and Myles, Lil Jon, and Kid Ink.

Big Sean decked the halls of The Forum with “Dance (A$$)” and his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced anthem “IDFWU,” with a surprise appearance from E-40.

Chris Brown and Trey Songz gave fans a peek into their upcoming “Between the Sheets Tour” with a joint set. Trigga was joined by Ty Dolla Sign (“Paranoid”) and Jeremih (“Don’t Tell ‘Em”), while Breezy brought out Kid Ink for “Show Me.”

The King himself, T.I., held court onstage with new and old hits including “Whatever You Like” and “No Mediocre,” and welcomed French Montana for “Don’t Panic,” while his on-again, off-again girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was backstage.

J. Cole capped off the evening with a 30-minute set of hits including “Work Out” and “Can’t Get Enough.” He brought out his Dreamville signee Bas for “My Ni**a Just Made Bail” and performed “Fire Squad” off his brand new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

“This album that’s coming Tuesday is some shit that’s gon’ live forever. I promise ya’ll that,” he told the crowd before closing out his set with “Crooked Smile” and “Power Trip.”

If you missed any of the action, catch highlights below.

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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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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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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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