News: T.I. Confirms Plans To Go Down Under, "I Just Recently Got A Call From A White Girl From Australia"
Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 1:00PM
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. is telling fans to believe the hype, confirming recent talks of him locking in studio time with Australian rap newcomer Iggy Azaela.
According to the "King of the South," Iggy first reached out to him.
"I just recently got a call from a white girl from Australia, and she just expressed such extreme, enormous amounts of eagerness and wanting me to just spearhead and oversee her project," T.I. told MTV News on Saturday in Atlanta. Azalea's excitement is understandable: What rap rookie wouldn't want to work with Tip? But it's Iggy's fresh energy that has inspired the King of the South. "She crazy as a mother----er and that fits right in over here," he said. "That's just the kind of egos we need around us, so I'm looking forward to that." Well, just wait until T.I. gets to working with her. "She kick sh--," he said. "She ain't half as good as she gonna be when I get through with her though." (MTV)
Earlier this month, the rising female rapper dished out her plans to link 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)
A week prior, 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 recently raised eyebrows after performing her 2Pac-themed "Picture Me Rollin'" in Los Angeles.
Australian upstart Iggy Azalea returned to Hollywood for her first live performance in town since she announced plans for her major-label debut, The New Classic, due later this year. Sporting a black Tupac-emblazoned tank top (or was it a bodysuit?) and her signature flying ponytail, Iggy launched into her late-night set at Hollywood's Dim Mak Studios with "Hello", the first track off her buzzy Ignorant Art mixtape. Through a raucous 45-minute set, she managed to throw "Superior P***y" t-shirts -- and cash -- into the crowd, invited fans on-stage for a dance-off, and unveiled a new song, "Picture Me Rollin'". Catch video of her busting out the new Tupac-inspired jam. (Idolator)
Check out some recent Iggy Azalea performance footage down below: