Iggy Azalea responds to TI: ‘I’m chillin’

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Iggy Azalea responds to T.I.: ‘I’m chillin’.

Iggy Azalea has responded T.I.’s comments that he has ended their business partnership. “Here’s the deal, I am still signed to @tip and do business with him,” Azalea wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “The first I’ve heard of us having an ‘issue’ is via a radio interview. As society at large has worked to sever its ties with Iggy Azalea in the wake of one too many embarrassing public flameouts, it appears that T.I., the Australian rapper’s former mentor, has had a similar idea. Personally, I don’t think the radio is the place to talk about your personal issues with someone that’s part of your team…” On Wednesday’s edition of Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning, T.I. said that his relationship with Azalea—who was at one point considered his protégé—came under duress when she publicly feuded with Q-Tip after the MC alleged she had appropriated black culture. “She had a lot thrown at her in one time, any human being anywhere is going to have a hard time,” T.I. explained. “It’s very difficult to be the new kid and to be the butt of the jokes and to be directed, like, be the direction of all the negativity, you know what I mean?… [Iggy] came at a time when culturally, this nation — she’s not from here — we were actually looking for a source for somewhere to place some pent-up aggression.” For now, Azalea appears to be giving her former mentor the benefit of the doubt. “I’m sure tip will publicly clarify what he meant when he feel he has the right platform to do so and other than that, I’m chillin,’” she wrote in conclusion. “Have a great day guys.” During an interview on radio show “Ebro in the Morning,” T.I. acknowledged that their relationship had taken “a bit of a rest stop” and that they haven’t “personally” spoken recently.

T.I. pointed to last year’’s Q-Tip incident as the breaking point, in which the legendary Tribe Called Quest co-founder wrote a lengthy missive attempting to educate Azalea about hip hop history, and Azalea responded with a dismissive tweet. “After I kind of had smoothed it over like okay, ‘What is really meant to be said here is…’ After it was cool, everything was cool, and then they kind of came back and undid what I had just [done],” he explained. “I’ma be all the way real, I’m a loyal partner. As of Thursday morning, Azalea, 25, was still listed among Grand Hustle’s stable of artists on the label’s Web site, but because their relationship was so closely tied to the music business, it’s difficult to see how the she and T.I. could proceed professionally beyond the obligations that have been detailed in Azalea’s Grand Hustle contract. If I rock with you I’m gon’ rock with you … I really do feel that they [Iggy’s team] just needed a little more time to adjust, which I feel they can do.

At the very least, after this radio interview, interaction between the two artists is probably stilted and awkward at best. “You covered for her many times on this show,” Darden said, still nudging. They just kind of got it for no reason, in some cases — some stuff they brought upon themselves.” It’s interesting to note here that T.I. refers to the beleaguered rapper not as “she” but as “they,” perhaps a rare public acknowledgment that Azalea isn’t an individual artist as much as the face of a business team — Iggy, Inc. simply needs a bit more time in the incubator to revamp its interface so it can jumpstart its appeal to investors, after which a reboot of the product line will be imminent.

They have the talent, they have the charisma, they have everything –” Darden stopped T.I. to clarify who he meant by “they.” He confirmed that he was referring to Azalea’s team. “Yeah. T.I. was clearly hedging as he attempted to make deliberate distinctions between his personal dealings with Azalea and his professional ones, even though the two are arguably inextricably intertwined. District Judge John Kronstadt stipulated that the rapper, along with the record companies involved, were on the hook for $3.2 million in damages awarded to Gaye’s family.

Despite the hit to his finances that resulted from their last collaboration, T.I. brightened visibly when he began discussing a new undertaking with Pharrell. He and the Neptunes co-founder are executive producing a project together: the debut album of the Atlanta electronic/soul/hip-hop group Watch the Duck.

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