Grammy-winning rapper T.I. has stepped up to clear the air on widespread speculation that he might contribute behind-the-scenes with Hustle Gang leading lady Iggy Azalea‘s rhymes.
Despite the mounted speculation, Tip denied being Iggy’s go-to ghostwriter.
“I mean, I ain’t no ghostwriter. Iggy got her own ideas and thoughts that she presents to the world her own way,” Tip explained in an interview. “I couldn’t write a lot of the sh*t she say, you know? I couldn’t put her thoughts into words as articulate as she does. You know what I’m saying? She just has a different way of presenting herself and her art.” (Bijou Star)
Although Iggy appeared to downplay the hype, her NBA boyfriend Nick Young recently admitted she had some issues following last week’s ESPY’s awards ceremony.
“Oh man! You know, it is what it is,” Young told reporters at the party this week. “I had to deal with the aftermath when she came home. … When she got home and was going through her phone and hearing all the things and people talking trash about her, you know I had to be there for her. … But you know what, Iggy is doing big things and its scaring a lot of people!” (Us Magazine)
Young did suggest Iggy had thick skin and managed to get through the publicized incident when she was perceived to have been questioned about her writing by rap star Nicki Minaj.
“She kind of brushed it off!” Young added about the supposed burn. “She don’t let it get to her. She’s number one right now so what can you do when you are at the top right now? Of course they will all come at you!” (Us Magazine)
Nicki waited nearly 72 hours to speak out on being labeled the agitator following the awards ceremony.
“The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!,” Nicki tweeted July 2.
“I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for 5 YEARS”
“I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation”
“I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness…. Did she read minds?”
“It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more”
“I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud.”
“That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.” (Nicki Minaj’s Twitter)
After being called up for her “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” award, Minaj appeared to shoot out some dicey words toward Iggy.
“This is my fifth year winning this award. I don’t take it for granted,” Nicki says when accepting the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. “When you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it. No, no shade… no shade,” she continued, silencing rumors of her not writing her own rhymes.” (BET Awards)
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