Hustle Gang leader T.I. recently spoke on the success protégé Iggy Azalea has enjoyed over these past 12 months and explained why the Australian beauty’s critics still get under his skin.
Tip admitted people judging Iggy and labeling her a possible racist pushes him to the edge.
“That pisses me off,” said T.I. “Simply because they don’t have any real substantial grounds. ‘I don’t like them.’ Why? ‘Just ’cause.’ What you mean just ’cause? Since when do you get the right to judge people? Who died and made you the emperor of Egypt? That kind of sh*t and then the things that they accuse her of, like the racist stuff. That’s not even her. That’s not even in her. Me knowing her, knowing where she comes from–for real, the whole racist thing, that’s American–we forget, she’s not American. So the whole Black, white, color divided thing, it isn’t a part of her DNA like it is here in America.” (Complex)
The “King of the South” blamed ignorance for feeding into the critics’ hate.
“It’s just ignorant to me. In this day and age, to be a race of people who are demanding equality and speaking out on injustices and wanting to be treating fairly, to stand up and do the exact same thing in opposite to someone unwarranted for no reason, it’s hypocritical. I’ma ride with her. So, ya’ll go ahead. Anybody got a problem with it just know, it gon’ be one ’cause I’m coming.” (Complex)
Iggy has kept busy this summer, notably hooking up with music star Jennifer Lopez for their new “Booty” remix.
Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s collaborations usually don’t disappoint and “Booty” was another example of a good musical teaming up by the two friends, however Iggy Azalea just makes a whole lot more sense on “Booty” than Pitbull. I mean, both J.Lo and I-G-G-Y are females – the song is about female empowerment (at least of those proud to have big booties) – and have big butts too, so it’s only right they get to star in “Booty.” (Direct Lyrics)
Back in June, Azalea revealed her biggest issues stemmed from the media and not fellow entertainers.
“I have never had any musicians tell me that I wasn’t authentic for being white and Australian,” Iggy said in an interview. “No one. Even I had a warped perception of how I would be received in this business. What I’ve come to realize is that it’s the people who write about music–or who are outside it in some way–who have a problem with what I am doing. The only true insiders are the musicians themselves.” (The Guardian)