Hustle Gang’s Iggy Azalea has stepped up to speak out on sparking some backlash over teaming up with R&B singer Keyshia Cole for a reported “Mo Money Mo Problems” remix.
Despite the perception, Iggy said the original plan was to remake music icon Diana Ross‘ “I’m Coming Out” hit.
“I’m from a generation where I don’t think ‘I’m Coming Out’ — I think ‘Mo Money Mo Problems,'” Iggy explained. “So I thought, I need to get my Ma$e on, and I went with that vibe. Then I think when people heard it they said, ‘She’s doing the Biggie remake,’ and I don’t know if it was necessarily meant to be that. It’s open to interpretation.” (MTV)
The Australian beauty also reminded fans of her love for late hip-hop icons like Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac.
“First of all, I love Biggie forever and Tupac, and that’s a sampled song. So don’t be mad about something that’s sampled already. And who wouldn’t say yes to that? I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but if I did I would’ve said yes. Because any rapper that gets asked to do that is gonna do that.” (MTV)
Last month, music producer Irv Gotti and co-producer Reefa treated fans to a preview of the track.
Iggy Azealia and Keyshia Cole have taken the rather bold choice of covering Notorious B.I.G.’s rap classic ‘Mo Money Mo Problems’. Listen to a snippet of the track below. A short Instagram clip has emerged online that previews a small snippet of the track being played in a recording studio. The familiar tune includes the same iconic Diana Ross sample, only instead of BIG’s vocals, only now it has Iggy and Keyshia putting their own stamp on it. (Gigwise)
The new record officially landed online Wednesday (April 2).
Keyshia Cole and Iggy Azalea team up on a remake of Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” which the Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy famous sampled on “Mo Money Mo Problems.” The Aussie rap diva channels Biggie on her intro verse and shouts out the original diva (“Steppin’ out Diana Ross, no Supremes”) before Keysh sends her man packing on the Irv Gotti-produced club banger, which will appear on the soundtrack to The Other Woman. (Rap-Up)
Check out “I’m Coming Out”: