Atlanta rapper T.I. has recently slammed Iggy Azalea's critics emphasizing that his protégé and "No Mediocre" collaborator is not racist.
"That kind of s--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. said during an interview with Complex TV.
For T.I., "the whole black, white, color divided thing" is not a part of Azalea's "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," he added.
In 2011, T.I. signed Azalea to his Grand Hustle label.
"I'm a ride with her. So, ya'll go ahead. Anybody got a problem with it just know, it gonna be one 'cause I'm coming," T.I. said as he admitted he is annoyed by Azalea's critics "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?" T.I. explained.
As she rose to fame with her chart-topping hits "Fancy" and "Problem" with Ariana Grande, Azalea several criticisms such as the allegations that her mentor T.I. was ghost-writing her lyrics.
Nicki Minaj's speech during the 2014 BET Awards in which she mentioned about writing her own music was also interpreted as a criticism against Azalea, which Minaj denied.
In fact, Minaj and Azalea were seen having a friendly conversation at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
T.I.'s ninth album titled "Paperwork: The Motion Picture" will be released on Oct. 21, MTV has learned.
Recently, T.I.'s new Jeremih-assisted remix "Don't Tell 'Em" landed at number 12 on iTunes, Radio reported.
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