UPDATE: Iggy has responded to T.I.’s claims and is looking at things in a different way.
T.I. was once Iggy Azalea‘s mentor, but now he’s disclosed that he has cut off his business ties with the young rapper.
“In her defense, she had a lot thrown at her at one time,” the 34-year-old entertainer told Ebro in the Morning. “Any human being anywhere [is gonna] have a hard time adjusting… It came at a time when culturally in this nation — when she’s not from here — we were actually looking for a source to place that pent-up aggression. Some stuff they brought upon themselves. In some cases, it kind of was the easiest place to put some pent-up aggression.
When asked when he cut off ties, he said, “Yeah, after the Q-Tip thing,” referring to when rapper Q-Tip sent tons of tweets to Iggy, schooling her on hip hop culture. Iggy was accused of misappropriating black culture in the huge resulting backlash.
“After I kind of had smoothed it over, like okay, ‘What is really meant to be said here is…’ Then, after it was cool, everything was cool. And then they kind of came back and undid what I had just [orchestrated]. Imma be all the way real: I’m a loyal partner. If I rock with you, I’m gon’ rock with you… Right, wrong, we’re gonna discuss that in the car,” T.I. continued. “Right now, Imma block the bullets…” he recalled. “When I say, ‘Go?’ Go! Don’t stand around and tote while I’m blocking bullets. You slowing me down, you know what I’m saying?”
“But I really do feel that they just needed a little more time to adjust, which I feel they can do,” T.I. said of Iggy and her crew. “They have the talent, they have the charisma.”