T.I. clarifies Iggy Azalea comments, talks Top 50 list & more
He reveals JAY-Z and Killer Mike called him up over the list.
Always one to drop a few gems, T.I. stopped by “The Breakfast Club” to talk about his new podcast, “ExpediTIously,” and more.
“It’s surprisingly dope,” the rap mogul said. “It’s not something I had in my five-year plan… [but] it allows me the opportunity to really have worthwhile discussions.”
Tip also returned to his earlier comments about Iggy Azalea, when he called her a career “blunder” in his interview with The Root.
“I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea,” he said at the time. “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.”
Azalea fired back at Tip in a since-deleted tweet, writing, “Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaoooooooooo. Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you.”
Azalea signed onto Tip’s Grand Hustle label back in 2011, with the two ultimately cutting ties in 2015. T.I. had originally taken on a mentor role with the Australian rapper, even appearing on her 2014 song, “Change Your Life.”
“I didn’t say [she was] my biggest mistake,” T.I. clarified on “The Breakfast Club.” “I really feel like she was meant to be great. What happened was, and this is just my opinion, I didn’t say it to speak down on shawty. This is my truth. I’m sharing it. I don’t wish no ill will on her. If she happens to be the biggest thing tomorrow, great. But as far as I’m concerned, I feel like, when she found out white people liked her and she didn’t really need black people to like her anymore, she switched up. Started acting different. Made moves I wasn’t proud of. That kind of placed my reputation in the line of fire. She was very arrogant about it.”
Tip also touched on his viral Top 50 Rappers list, which he revealed led to a phone call from Killer Mike and JAY-Z.
Killer Mike, who was ranked No. 50 on the list, reached out to T.I. telling him that he appreciated being included on the list at all. As for JAY, Tip maintained his placement of Tupac over the Roc-A-Fella Records founder.
“We were talking about something else, completely non-related,” Tip began. “He said, ‘Oh and by the way, you really believe that?’ And I said yeah, I really do, when it comes to impact. I think HOV is the greatest rapper alive and I think, over time, eventually, he’s going to assume that position.”
“Pac is like the hip hop Michael Jackson,” he continued. “You can go anywhere, any part of the globe and say ‘Tupac’ and they gon’ sing a Tupac song. JAY, as much as we love him, in other parts of the globe…it’s not the same instant, going to recite JAY’s records.”
T.I. also named off his top lyricists, which included JAY-Z, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Nas, Andre, Scarface, Black Thought, and Rakin.
Watch T.I.’s entire “Breakfast Club” interview below.