In the three-plus years that T.I. has managed Iggy Azalea, he's always been extremely protective of her. He's even referred to her as his "little sister."
Think about it. Ever since signing her, it's been second nature for Tip to clap back at anyone who comes for her. He's never hesitated to defend her at times he felt it was necessary.
That brings me to the topic at hand—his protective nature towards Iggy. Let's take a close look back at all of the times Tip was more of a bodyguard to Iggy than her manager. There's quite a few.
The Snoop Dogg Drama
Last year, Snoop randomly came for Iggy via Instagram. Making fun of her with a series of memes, Snoop couldn't stop with the social media shade. He even called her a b-tch on several occasions. Iggy was taken aback by the insults and expressed on Twitter that she didn't understand where this was all coming from. But did you think that stopped Snoop? Nah.
That's when Tip stepped in and made a phone call to Snoop to kill the drama. “It was basically like, ‘I’m in the crossfire, big dog. What’s going on? You know what I mean. I can’t dodge anymore,'” Tip told New York radio about the phone conversation. He added, “It didn’t get into an elaboration…When I called him and asked him what’s happening, he said, ‘I know what you’re calling for…and guess what? It’s over.'” Just like that, the Snoop/Iggy drama was dead.
The Azealia Banks Drama
Azealia isn't here for any cultural appropriation and if any people know that, it's Iggy and Tip. Never holding back when she addresses Iggy's music, Azealia shaded her for failing to speak about racism, police brutality and more. Azealia has also accused Iggy of failing to respect the genre. Her point is, if Iggy wants to be a part of hip hop culture so badly, she needs to speak up for social injustices affecting the people of color that look up to rappers to be their voice. After both Azealia and Iggy went going back and forth on Twitter on several occasions, T.I. still had his signee's back. Azealia even came for Tip's family, but he later shut that down as well with a cryptic Instagram post.
The Q-Tip Lesson
Most likely hearing Azealia Banks' interview about Iggy and reading her tweets, Q-tip jumped in to school Iggy. His detailed tweets about the origin of hip hop towards her were very constructive with no ill malice, but Tip felt the need to step in this situation as well.
The Nicki Minaj Shade
During her BET Awards Female Hip-Hop Artist acceptance speech at the 2014 BET Awards, Nicki insinuated Iggy used ghostwriters. “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” Nic said. But later on in an interview with Detroit's Hot 107.5, Tip said, ”I mean, I ain’t no ghostwriter. Iggy got her own ideas and thoughts that she presents to the world her own way. I couldn't write a lot of the sh–t she say. I couldn’t put her thoughts into words as articulate as she does. She just has a different way of presenting herself and her art.”
The Hot 97 Visits/Constant Backlash
In Tip's most recent visit to Hot 97, Peter Rosenberg admitted that whenever Iggy came to the station, Tip felt the need to join her. "When Tip use to come with her, we were like, 'Tip relax. Why you gotta be with her all the time? She's gonna be just fine,'" Peter joked at the 2:46 mark. In the same interview, Tip also addressed the drama she's deals with on social media. “In her defense, she had a lot thrown at her at one time. Any human being, anywhere gonna have a hard time adjusting.” Tip also added, “It’s very difficult to be the new kid and to be the butt of the jokes.”
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