T.I. Recalls Discovering Iggy Azalea, Recognizing Her Star Potential

T.I. says Iggy Azalea has a "killer instinct."

Iggy Azalea's popularity has skyrocketed over the past year. Releasing her debut album The New Classic earlier this year with the hit single "Fancy," Iggy has been able to provide her fans a major label version of herself.

Recently sitting down with Big Boy's Neighborhood on Power 106, someone who was very influential in her start, T.I., talked about discovering Iggy Azalea and showcasing her to a larger audience.

"I knew that with the proper planning and execution the sky was the limit for her," he said when asked about Iggy. "She has a killer instinct, kind of like a 'if you like me or not I'm going to make it' so you can see it now or kick yourself in the ass later. That's called star shit, that's superstar shit. People like me in the business, I guess the gatekeepers or the leaders of the new school, those who accept the responsibility of sighting talent and when we see it it's our job to recognize it and to package it appropriately and that's just what we took the time to do correctly."

When asked what he saw in Iggy, T.I recalled when he found out about the female rapper turned pop star.

"She had already put out a couple of records that was doing things on the Internet with views through the roof," he said. "She got a look. I sat with her and Travis Scott the same day and this was when I came home the second time, the last time, I'm really trying to rebuild Grand Hustle as a record label and as a entity in the industry. So I'm seeking new talent, surfing the whip, 'Yo, this is a white chick, ok, get her on the phone man, lets see when we can sit down."

T.I. has had a long affiliation with Iggy Azalea. In 2012, she initially signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records and released her album, The New Classic under the label's imprint and Island Records. Tip has also produced and made guest appearances on many of her records. 

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    T.I look handsome #Kiss #Kiss

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    Iggy got that look in her eye like she ain't been fucked in a year

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    Did everyone forget ASAP Rocky was originally banging this chick before she hit the level where she's at now. This dumb broad had Long Live ASAP tatt'd across her fingers and X'd them out.

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    Tryna to get that white money like- Juicy J with with Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake and Linkin Park Timbaland with Nelly Furtado and One Republic and a bunch of pop stars Pharell with Britney Spears Nelly with country musicians Dr Dre with Eminem

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    Fancy is the #1 hip hop single of the year. It's going to be 4x platinum by the end of this year. T.I. knows talent when he sees it and that's why he's the greatest of all time and king of the South #HustleGang #Winning

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    I think he dig that ass first.

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    She most def. gave it to him.

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    T.I. Recalls Discovering A Culture Vulture, Recognizing Her Culture Jacking Potential

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    every black man is out there searching for the perfect white girl to exploit. too bad he let this one leave his label and sign with someone else.

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