T.I. Goes Off On Interviewer Defending Australian Rapper Iggy Azalea
Tip was interviewed by David Drake of Rolling Stone, who obviously rubbed T.I. the wrong way with his questions on Iggy Azalea.
The reporter was questioning why Tip was working with her, with the rapper replying, "She has hit records. Broke the record for the most weeks at Number One for a female rapper. She sells millions of singles. She sells out her shows. She has a cult following, where fans drive from miles to see her."
T.I. was asked about critics that may find Iggy's performing to be strange or annoying. Tip wasn't having it, responding, "None that will say it to my face. And if they would, they won't get any hostility coming from me. I'm just going to approach it with logic and reason. Just explain yourself.
"Make this sh*t make sense to me, especially if they are a black person. Because black people have stood up for equality, for justice, for being treated fairly, for whatever they choose to do, and we have had to break down barriers in caucasian dominated areas. From Tiger Woods in golf, to I'm sure there's a black man somewhere playing hockey. And whenever it happens, it's always the same thing.
"Black people are like, "That's not fair. They're not allowing them the same opportunities, just because of their color." So why would we stand in judgment, when someone else is in the same position we have found ourselves in, why would we not treat them the way that we want to be treated?"
Tip also went off in an interview with Complex TV, clapping back at Iggy's critics.
The rapper stated, "That pisses me off, simply because they don’t have any real substantial grounds. 'I don’t like them.’ Why? ‘Just ‘cause.’ What do 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.”
T.I. appears to be upset about all the backlash and racist comments about the white rapper.
Tip, who signed Iggy to his Grand Hustle label, said of the hypocritical comments, "The whole black, white, color divided thing, it isn’t a part of her DNA like it is here in America. 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 gonna be one ‘cause I’m coming.”