T.I. wants to distance himself from Iggy Azalea.
While promoting Netflix’s new series “Rhythm + Flow,” the Grand Hustle boss admitted that he’s not proud of signing the “Fancy” rapper, who he called a “tarnish” on his legacy.
“I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea,” he told The Root. “That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned. To me, this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.”
Tip signed Iggy to Grand Hustle in 2011. They collaborated on several tracks including “Murda Bizness,” Change Your Life,” and “No Mediocre,” but their relationship eventually soured and they parted ways following Iggy’s numerous social media feuds with rappers including Azealia Banks and Q-Tip.
At the time, Tip defended his signee against her critics. “It’s very difficult to be the new kid and to be the butt of the jokes,” he told “Ebro in the Morning.” “It came at a time where culturally in this nation–she’s not from here–we were actually looking for somewhere to place some pent up aggression and they just kinda got it for no reason. Some stuff they brought upon themselves.”
Following his comments, the Aussie rapper clapped back at her former mentor. “Imagine thinking I was his biggest blunder lmaooooooooo,” wrote Iggy in a since-deleted tweet. “Tip. Sweetie. We have a whole list for you.”
She continued to put him on blast. “The tea I could spill on what bullshit this is but at the end of the day I think people can see it’s clear he’s salty,” tweeted Iggy. “He’s a huge misogynist and has never been able to have a conversation with any woman in which he doesn’t speak like a fortune cookie.”
T.I., along with Cardi B and Chance the Rapper, is now looking for the next big rap star as part of Netflix’s hip-hop competition “Rhythm + Flow.” “There’s a lot of dope female talent right now in the industry,” he said. “There’s a lot of dope female talent out there trying to get in the industry. So I think [the show is] a fair representation.”