Atlanta, Georgia rapper T.I. continued to defend fellow artist Iggy Azalea, during an interview with HardKnockTV. The Hustle Gang helmsman shared his belief that Iggy, who was born in Sydney, Australia, shouldn’t be judged based on her creed, nationality, or the country she hails from.
T.I. also applauded Iggy for her work ethic and her unwillingness to compromise on her artistry.
“I think her influence in music it should be attributed to her work ethic,” T.I. said in a video posted on AllHipHop.com. “Her artistic views. Her impeccable ability to kind of—She has a vision for herself. And this vision for herself she will not compromise. She has a certain idea of how to present herself. How to platform her art and she won’t compromise it. So, I think she should be judged based on that rather than her creed, her nationality, her—What country she’s from. I think all of that—Those are stereotypes.”
Later in the interview, T.I. was asked if he considers Iggy Azalea pop or rap. He didn’t answer the question directly, but did share his belief that Iggy should be placed in whatever category she’s making the most noise in.
The Southern wordsmith then criticized those who attempt to put artists in certain categories.
“I mean, I’d put her wherever she made the most noise,” he said. “I think that when you start trying to classify people in different categories I think that’s when you kind of—You diminish the purpose of what we do. What we do [is] we try to bring people together. And you trying to take time to meticulously separate us by pop, rap, this, that. I think she can go in a lot of different genres because she’s cross-pollinated.”
Another artist T.I. addressed during his interview with HardKnockTV was fellow lyricist Andre 3000. He says he has commended Andre for his work on the big screen, and later referred to OutKast as “our Run DMC.”
“He shared his appreciation for my efforts. And likewise,” T.I. said. “I saw a clip from him in the Jimi Hendrix film and it was phenomenal…OutKast is our Run DMC, period. You know what I mean? And he definitely has shown how to remain multifaceted and diverse. And how to evolve as an artist, as an actor, whatever. And still remain true to you. So, I think that that to me is—That’s what 3000 and not just Andre, but that’s what OutKast embodies.”
In regards to Iggy Azalea criticism, Rah Digga serves as one of the latest artists to offer their thoughts on the Aussie artist. During an interview with ThisIs50 Radio last month, Rah shared her belief that Iggy isn’t Hip Hop.
“Iggy Azalea it’s like I can’t get into her,” Rah said. “Because it’s just not real to me…There is a white girl from Australia that spits in an Australian accent, and her name is Chelsea Jane. That I can get into. Teach me Australian Hip Hop culture. Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo…Personally, I don’t consider her Hip Hop. I listen to her album. Everything that I hear on there is everything but that. And I feel like Hip Hop is Hip Hop.”