Even TI, Iggy Azalea’s mentor and boss, is over her

17 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Even T.I., Iggy Azalea’s mentor and boss, is over her.

We’ve held many funerals for Iggy Azalea’s career over the past 18 months or so, but this latest diss by her mentor and boss T.I. just might be the final nail in her coffin — literally. Iggy Azalea arrives at the 2015 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (John Shearer) CLEVELAND, Ohio – T.I., the man who discovered Iggy Azalea and stood by her through all of the criticisms from African-American hip-hop artists, is about done with his (apparently) former protégé.In an interview, host Ebro Darden brings up T.I.’s work with the “Fancy” rapper right away, asking T.I. if he’s been helping her with her career at all. “It took a bit of a rest stop,” T.I. replies. “Have you guys talked?” Darden asked. “Personally, no,” T.I. says, adding that their professional relationship grew strained partly because of her runaway hype, and partly because he couldn’t continue to stand up for her publicly after her feud with rapper Q-Tip.

T.I. has been one of the Iggy Azalea’s biggest supporters, defending her after Q-Tip gave her a hip-hop history lesson on Twitter and linking up with her for such fine cuts as “No Mediocre” and “Murda Bizness.” But some comments he made on Ebro in the Morning suggest that he no longer wants to be affiliated with the controversial Australian rapper. Rubber Band Man told NYC’s Hot97 (around the 2-minute mark) that they’re no longer on speaking terms and these are his thoughts on the current state of her career: “I ain’t gon’ make no excuses, but look, in her defense, she had a lot thrown at her at one time. A source close to her said, “she didn’t know there was a problem since T.I. is still collecting publishing checks and acting like everything is normal between them.” On Ebro, Tip explained that he still has interest in doing business with Azalea, but it seems that he’s no longer interested in coming to her defense or being any sort of ally. “Everything was cool and then they came back and undid. Any human being anywhere gon’ have a hard time adjusting. … The thing is, it’s very difficult to be the new kid and to be the butt of the jokes and to be (in the) direction of all the negativity. It came at a time where culturally, in this nation — which she’s not from here — where we were actually looking for a source, for somewhere to place some pent-up aggression.” “After the Q-Tip thing.

In some cases, they brought it upon themselves, and in some cases, they were kind of just the easiest place to put some pent up aggression.” When asked why he kept referring to Azalea as “they,” T.I. defined it as “the world of Iggy Azalea.” “She is the nucleus,” he explained, “but there are a lot of other pieces around — including myself — that keep that machine working.

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