TI cuts business ties with Iggy Azalea, ‘It took a bit of a rest stop.’

18 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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 Aussie rapper’s former mentor, has had a similar idea.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. 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. Later, T.I. explained that the split occurred after Azalea’s Twitter beef with Azealia Banks inspired Q-Tip to post a lengthy Twitter missive urging the Australian rapper to be more aware of hip-hop’s inextricable relationship with race, politics and history. 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.

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.

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. 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 Australian 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. I think there’s some things that could have been avoided had we applied just a little different strategy.” Elsewhere in his Hot 97 interview, T.I. discussed his surprise five-song EP, Da’ Nic, the difficulties of resurrecting ATL for a sequel and his upcoming LP, The Dime Trap, which he hinted could be out by the end of the year. In her first debate on the main stage, Carly Fiorina was aggressive and confident and pushed past more established candidates to stand as the top challenger to frontrunner Donald Trump.

Slow-and-steady Ben Carson didn’t have a breakout night — but he’s running as the tortoise to the jackrabbits in the field and his slow-jam RPM seemed to work for him. The debate was particularly painful for Scott Walker and Chris Christie, who performed adequately, but failed to land any defining blows that could change their luck. 1. 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. Hitting a man while he’s down, Trump also lashed out at Scott Walker, highlighting the governor’s lousy economic record in Wisconsin: “When the people of Iowa found that out, I went to number one, you went down the tuuuubes.” 4. Fiorina’s moment was strongest because Trump had just been needling Jeb for saying he “misspoke” when he said America spent too much on women’s health and insisting that President Trump would be “wonderful” for women. 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.

Trump quickly returned fire over Fiorina’s sad-sack record as the CEO of HP, which was particularly effective after Fiorina had held up her record as if she’d been the second coming of Steve Jobs: “She can’t run any of my companies, I tell ya.” 6. Hitting Jeb on family values, Trump also gave it to Bush over running the Republican brand into the ground: “Your brother gave us Barack Obama,” Trump insisted. “Such a disaster those last three months, Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected.” 8. Ben Carson had a quietly biting line:”He’s an OK doctor,” he said, before insisting, “We have extremely well documented proof that there’s no link.” 9. Jeb had one good one-liner, saying that his Secret Service codename would be “Eveready” — like the battery — quipping, “It’s very high-energy, Donald” to peals of laughter. During the debate, when the Republicans were dissing one another for speaking Spanish, she tweeted, “La libertad incluye el derecho de hablar en cualquier idioma.

That makes us strong as a country and is something we should celebrate — not denigrate.) 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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