Iggy Azalea has become a lightning rod for conversation in 2014. Aside from tearing up the charts with her No. 1 hit “Fancy” and an equally high-profile guest verse on Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” she’s also dealt with allegations of ghostwriting. Specifically, many assumed that her mentor T.I. was ghostwriting her music, others, simply dismiss her as a white female rapper from Australia. But he’s had it up to here with the criticism.
And he candidly sounded off in a recent interview on Complex TV, with some choice words for Iggy’s critics.
“That pisses me off, simply because they don’t have any real substantial grounds,” T.I. said. “‘I don’t like them.’ Why? ‘Just ‘cause.’ What do you mean just ‘cause? Since when do you get the right to judge people? Who died and made you the emperor of Egypt? That kind of sh-t and then the things that they accuse her of, like the racist stuff. That’s not even her. That’s not even in her. Me knowing her, knowing where she comes from—for real, the whole racist thing, that’s American—we forget, she’s not American.”
Many also saw Nicki’s remarks about writing her own raps as veiled critcism of Iggy, but Nicki insists she genuinely meant no shade. And Nicki and Iggy looked pretty friendly at the VMAs on Sunday.
Still, T.I. is pretty upset about the backlash and accusations about racism that the white rapper is fielding.
“The whole black, white, color divided thing, it isn’t a part of her DNA like it is here in America,” he continued. “It’s just ignorant to me. In this day and age, to be a race of people who are demanding equality and speaking out on injustices and wanting to be treating fairly, to stand up and do the exact same thing in opposite to someone unwarranted for no reason, it’s hypocritical. I’ma ride with her. So, ya’ll go ahead. Anybody got a problem with it just know, it gonna be one ‘cause I’m coming.”
T.I. signed Iggy to his Grand Hustle label in 201 and has even asserted that she’s running hip-hop. Clearly, he’s loyal to his protege.
T.I.’s next album Paperwork: The Motion Picture is due out on October 21st.