T.I. Says He No Longer Speaks to Iggy Azalea: 'Some Stuff They Brought Upon Themselves'
By Antoinette Bueno
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Looks like Iggy Azalea and T.I. are no longer on the best terms.
In a new interview with radio station Hot 97, the 34-year-old rapper admits he no longer speaks to his one-time protégé. T.I. and Iggy have collaborated on multiple songs together, including "No Mediocre," "Murda Bizness" and "Change Your Life."
"It took a bit of a rest stop," the rapper admits about the two's business relationship, also agreeing with the hosts that he tried to "coach her" on a few missteps, which she didn't listen to.
T.I. reveals he walked away from the relationship after her beef with rapper Q-Tip last December, when the "Vivrant Thing" rapper attempted to give her a friendly lesson on cultural appropriation in hip-hop, which she didn't take kindly to.
"I find it patronizing to assume I have no knowledge of something I'm influenced by, but I've also grown up with strangers assuming that," Iggy tweeted in response. "I'm also not going to sit on twitter & play hip hop squares with strangers to somehow prove I deserve to be a fan of or influenced by hiphop."
T.I. says he initially smoothed over the highly publicized beef, but Iggy and her team weren't having it.
"After the Q-Tip thing, after that kind of hit, [I] smoothed it over -- 'OK, well what is really meant to be said here is ....' -- then after everything was cool, then they kind of came back and undid what I had just did," he reflects. "I'm a loyal partner and if I ride with you, I'm gonna ride with you -- right, wrong we'll discuss that in the car -- [but] we're gonna get out of here right now though, you know what I'm saying?"
"Right now I'm gonna block the bullets. OK, now go," he further explains. "Now when I say 'go,' go! Just don't stand around and talk while I'm blocking bullets, you slowing me down."
The "What You Know" rapper also infers that there’s a lot of people influencing the controversial rapper. After getting called out for continuing to refer to Iggy as "they," he explains that's he's actually referring to "the world of Iggy Azalea."
"She is the nucleus, but there are a lot of pieces around, including myself, that keep that machine working," he notes.
Still, he does come to the 25-year-old "Fancy" rapper's defense, also noting her talent and charisma.
"The thing is ... she had a lot thrown at her at one time," he reflects. "Any human being anywhere gonna have a hard time adjusting. ... It's very difficult to be the new kid, and to be the butt of the jokes, and just to be directed with all the negativity. It came at a time when culturally in this nation, which -- she's not from here -- we were actually looking for a source for somewhere to place some pent-up aggression, and they just kind of got it for no reason in some cases."
"[But] some stuff they brought upon themselves," he admits.
Though that didn't stop her from once again goading her haters when they slammed her surprise appearance in Demi Lovato's "Cool for the Summer" performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month. "Who cares it shows I'm very relevant in their lives still. I’m flattered. hahaha," she later tweeted.