News: The King Goes Down Under, "T.I.'s Gonna Be Helping Me, Kind Of Executive Producing"

Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 6:52PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper T.I. is going to lend his help to rap newcomer Iggy Azalea with her forthcoming new album although the "King of the South" will have more of a behind-the-scenes role.

According to the Australian-bred emcee, she will likely fly out to work with Tip.

"T.I.'s gonna be helping me with it, kind of A&R-ing, kind of executive producing," Azalea said. "He called me up like, 'Please?' and I was like, 'Definitely. You're Tip; I love you -- of course.' So he's gonna be helping me out, just reaching out to people and helping me find production and pointing me in the direction of things that I might like." This will be Azalea's first time working with the Atlanta rapper and Grand Hustle Records CEO, and she's certainly looking forward to it. "Hopefully, that will be really dynamic and it'll help speed things along. "I'll probably fly out to Atlanta and we'll do it there because he's weird with traveling and stuff. I understand. See we're in touch with each other. I have legal issues; he has legal issues. I get it," she said, joking about T.I.'s legal issues and her own immigration woes, which have prevented her from performing many U.S. shows until recently. (MTV)

Last week, Iggy opened up about turning down a Def Jam offer to join music executive Jimmy Iovine's Interscope Records.

"I think they [labels] have things that they specialize in. Def Jam, I love. I was super close to signing with them. I think they're just the best team. I think they're really passionate about what they do and you can just tell that they're so hungry over there. But then you look at who they've got signed to their label and it kind of makes you be like, 'I don't know. Am I going to be the guinea pig here for this?' I don't know. ... I think once Jimmy [Iovine] saw that I was starting to pull away and be like, 'No, I'll just do my own thing,' he was like, 'What do you want lady?' And I was like, 'Alright, let's cut the bullsh*t.' ... He's crazy. He's like, 'You're the next Tupac!' I'm like you're absolutely insane. But I love it!" (Billboard)

She broke the news of her new label situation Friday (January 27).

"Interscope, if you were wondering.," she tweeted January 27th.
"Get used to me + jimmy smashing sh*t, cause thats the plan. ^.^"
"Album in june entitled 'f*ck your life' nah.... not realllyyyy its called 'The New Classic'" (Iggy Azalea's Twitter)

Speculation on the rapper's potential Def Jam deal hit the Internet around mid-January.

Iggy Azalea has been buzzing since she released her Ignorant Art mixtape, and its accompanying videos, and now it looks like the 21-year-old, Australia-born rapper might be close to inking a new deal with Def Jam. Iggy met with the Def Jam team, including Rihanna, in Los Angeles this week and all parties seemed to be pleased with the results. (RapFix)

Check out Iggy Azalea's "The Last Song" below:

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