Is Iggy Azalea Really 'Running Hip Hop?' T.I. Weighs In
When it comes to Iggy Azalea, T.I. has the utmost confidence in the Australia-born rap star -- that's why he signed her to his Grand Hustle label back in 2012.
Still, even the ever-assured Tip was taken aback by Forbes' May article with the headline: "Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman."
"She is running this moment in hip-hop, but to say running [hip-hop]; that's a very broad statement. Although I feel eventually that is the outcome," T.I. told MTV News on June 17, when he came to premiere his "No Mediocre" video, which co-stars Azalea.
The Forbes article was a celebration of Iggy's arrival and the chart success of her single "Fancy" and Ariana Grande's "Problem," where she offers a guest verse. At the time the piece was written Iggy was the first woman in hip-hop to have two records in the top five of Billboard's Hot 100 simultaneously.
Still, the suggestion that Iggy, a white, blonde, Australian woman, was running hip-hop drew fire from critics.
Nicki Minaj, who was slighted in the article, laughed at the piece when asked about it in an interview. NecoleBitchie gave Forbes a "side-eye" and The Huffington Post ran a rebuttal piece.
Forbes has since changed the headline to: "Hip-Hop's Unlikely New Star: A White, Blonde, Australian Woman."
The editors of the site say they changed the headline "because it did not accurately reflect the content of the piece."
Tip chuckled when we first asked him about it. "I think it was a bit out of context, because in order to run hip-hop you need longevity. And although I know she'll be here, I don't think that it's fair to her as an artist to put that kind of pressure on her day-to-day," he said, urging the media not to jinx Azalea's future success.
"Let her work and let her grow and let her build, let her reap all the benefits of her hard work. And then once she has gotten to the place where we all know she will end up, then make the statement," he said.