Clifford Harris Jr., most commonly known as T.I. has collaborated with many, many people over his career as a rapper. But there’s one name that makes him cringe, and that’s Iggy Azalea. To be fair, hearing Iggy Azalea makes a lot of people cringe, but that’s because your ears need to build up a tolerance. Anyway, T.I. was recently asked about that time he worked with the Australian rapper turned part-time Twitter troll, and he didn’t exactly have the nicest words to say about Iggy. And Iggy, proving once again that she’s always got the time and energy for a comeback, responded by dragging her former mentor.
Iggy came to America from Australia in 2006, but she didn’t get her big break until 2012, when it was revealed she was signed by Interscope Records. She began working on her debut album, The New Classic. According to an MTV interview with Iggy from February 2012, she claims T.I. called her and pleaded with her to be involved with her album, to which she wholeheartedly agreed. And that’s how T.I. became the executive producer of The New Classic. There were issues between Interscope and T.I., so Iggy signed instead with T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records, then later Mercury, Virgin EMI, Def Jam, Island, then no one, and finally – and currently – Empire.
The New Classic took forever to be released, but it finally came out in April 2014, and things started getting messy for Iggy. There were rumors that T.I. was doing all the writing for Iggy. There were people claiming they were Iggy’s ghost writer. She was accused of rapping in a pretend accent. In December 2014, Q-Tip gave Iggy a long lesson on the history of hip hop and racism (a lesson that sort of went over her head). She started fighting people on Twitter, and there were rumors her tour was never going to happen (which sort of predicted her future tours). By September 2015, T.I. went on a radio show and made it known that their professional relationship was over. He was quick to clarify that he was still on Team Iggy. But that proved to be not true, and T.I. was done with Iggy.
This brings us to today. T.I. recently told The Grapevine:
“I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea. That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned. To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.”
I’d say it’s more like when Michael Jordan started slumming it in those Hanes T-Shirt ads, but okay. Iggy clearly did not enjoy being called a blunder. I’m personally offended that T.I. didn’t call her the Blunder from Down Under, but he must not have wanted to get too creative with it. All Hip Hop says that Iggy tweeted (then deleted) two tweets accusing T.I. of making way bigger career mistakes than herself.
“Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaooooooooo. Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you.”
“The tea I could spill on what bullshit this is but at the end of the day I think people can see it’s clear he’s salty. He’s a huge misogynist and has never been able to have a conversation with any woman in which he doesn’t speak like a fortune cookie.”
T.I. hasn’t responded to Iggy’s claims, or that he’s a misogynist. I just don’t understand why Iggy held back and didn’t spill the tea she claims to have? It’s not like she’s going to burn a professional bridge here. T.I. kind of went ahead and burned that for her with the Michael Jordan joke. At the very least, she could have been shady and offered to toss some “Fancy” residuals his way so he can go get the power locks fixed on his wife’s car.