Speaking with The Boombox, Aussie rapper and new T.I. signee, Iggy Azalea, discusses how she felt like Taylor Swift after fellow newcomer but obviously snubbed Azealia Banks blasted her and XXL for her inclusion in the magazine’s 2012 edition of their Freshman class list. According to Iggy, the moment was one she felt was “stolen” amid Banks’ fiery remarks.
When the XXL cover came out I saw how everything changed for you, in one day. I can only imagine how it was for you to go through that.
It was frustrating because I felt like that was supposed to be a poignant moment for me and it got taken away. I kind of felt like Taylor Swift and Kanye West and I was Taylor Swift. I felt like this is supposed to be my moment, this is my great achievement, it’s great for me and it’s great for my country, it’s great for women, and I felt like it got stolen from me in a sense. It was supposed to be a happy day and it got twisted around, and it disappointed me, and annoyed me because I had been anticipating that [cover] coming out as a celebration, and it really turned into the opposite. It was just mudslinging, and I felt disappointed by the whole thing. But I’ll have other moments, and they will be mine. I’ll make sure of it.
Needless to say, between shots at her taken by both Banks and veteran emcees like Eve, Iggy has noticed the lack of female solidarity in the rap game.
What do have to say about the lack of unity among female rappers?
I don’t know because I don’t think I’m the one that does it. I can’t help what other people say. I think it sucks because a lot of times these girls, I like [their] music, but I feel like a lot of times [with] stuff like that it’s going to be both of the people that are getting a bad rap. But I’m not the one starting this stuff. I’ll never understand it.
Me and [Interscope Records artist] Rye Rye, we’re doing a record together. She hit me up and was like, “Hey what do you think?” and I was like, “You know what? I would love to do this record with you.” It’s not enough records like that, it just doesn’t happen. I just think there’s a lack of respect in general. You don’t even have to do collaborations [with other female rappers, but] I don’t understand why it’s so hard to keep your mouth closed about things.
In the meantime, it seems as though whatever frustrations greet the rising star, she’s learning to take them in stride thanks to her boss.
What have you learned from being around T.I.?
Probably how to be a calmer person. Having been incarcerated and [going] through all the things he’s gone through, it takes so much to get T.I.’s blood boiling. I feel like some days it takes just the smallest little pinch to get mine all the way at 100 degrees! Being around him and seeing how he’s so unfazed by it all, I really like that about him. It’s so easy to become an angry person with all the things that you feel are misprinted or misunderstood, and he’s one of the happiest people I know. Just watching how he deals with it all is teaching me how not to be affected by that kind of stuff.
You can read Iggy’s interview in full over at The Boombox.