By Rob Markman with reporting by Nadeska Alexis
T.I. is no stranger to rap beefs, but the Grand Hustle CEO has made it clear that he isn’t trying to get into a war of words with rookie female MC Azealia Banks. Still, stating that during a couple of recent interviews prompted the Harlem rapper to take aim at Tip on Twitter with some scathing words.
Banks took exception when T.I.’s new artist Iggy Azalea landed the2012XXL Freshman cover earlier this year. The Harlem rapper had no problem lashing out at Iggy via Twitter, and when Tip defended his new protégé on DJ Drama’s radio in March, Banks fired shots at the King too.
“[Banks] wasn’t the only one who felt funny about it. It was a trending topic people felt so funny about it,” Iggy told MTV News earlier this month about her inclusion on the Freshman list.
Iggy wasn’t chosen to be on XXL’s coveted cover by the staff outright, instead she won a people’s choice vote held on the magazine’s website. The Australian-born rapper beat out 49 other rookie MCs to earn her spot along other notables like French Montana, MGK and Future. “Out of all those people, I had the most fans, it’s not my fault. You should’ve voted for who you wanted because everybody else did and not to be rude, it was me.”
T.I., however, hasn’t been so diplomatic in his response. “The fact that she’s speaking up on me and mine, I didn’t even see it,” he said about Banks when he appeared on the “Tony Sculfield and the Morning Riot” radio show in Chicago on Monday morning (April 23). “That’s a bitch sh–, I’ma man. You ain’t got no business addressing me. Get your man to address me, if you got a man, get him to address me and he and I can speak on it.”
It doesn’t seem like Banks, whose video for her single “212” is fast approaching 12 million views on YouTube, has taken heed. “@tip T.i …. Please shut the f— up about this. Like seriously quit it,” she tweeted hours after the Grand Hustle CEO’s interview aired.
Banks continued with a full-on Twitter rant. “@tip funny how you have plenty of time to address me but have nothing to say to the dudes who been calling u at as a snitch forever,” she wrote. “@tip it’s dead… The streets already know what kind of dude you are. Stop making yourself look softer by dragging this out.”
She then proceeded to delete all of T.I.’s songs from her iTunes. “LMFAOO every time I delete a t.i. song from my iPad I imagine him dying in some bloody horror film like being eaten by a zombie,” she wrote.