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Grand Hustle affiliate Iggy Azalea has decided to put some more distance between herself and “King of the South” T.I., announcing a decision to keep him off executive producing her long-awaited solo debut The New Classic.
While she did not blame personal issues snubbing Tip, Iggy said the project shifted into a different direction with him behind it.
“Well he’s actually not anymore,” Iggy said when asked if Tip is executive producing the LP. “He was going to be, but originally when I was making The New Classic, all the records that I had on Glory were supposed to be for The New Classic, and he executive produced what ended up being Glory. But as I was making it, I felt like, ‘This isn’t The New Classic; this is something else. It’s not the right sound.’ Not that it sounded bad, but it wasn’t what The New Classic is in my head and he executive produced that and it went good, it was an experience, but after, he said and I said it’s better if I just make my own music away because sometimes being around him, it influences the music I make to be a bit too much of a different sound…[it's] not because I don’t love, because I love him.” (16 Bars TV)
Last month, Iggy explained why she does not take heed to Tip’s direction as much as she once did.
“I don’t listen to T.I. … sorry Tip. I love him to death. It’s kind of like a friendship. I rarely ask for his opinion, but if I do and he gives it to me, I consider it but I don’t always go with it,” Iggy said in an interview. “Most of the time I pass it in the wind. Sometimes he says ‘I told you so’ and sometimes he says ‘I was wrong’ and bows down. I kind of do my own thing. I love Grand Hustle and everybody, but you don’t really see me with them a lot. And that’s not because I don’t love them to death it’s just that I’ve always been a bit of the lone ranger.” (Hip Hop Hollywood)
In May, Azalea confirmed she did not have a secured record deal in place.
“I wasn’t dropped by Interscope,” Iggy told XXL moments after her performance in front of a sold-out crowd at SOBs in New York City on Thursday night (May 7). “I’m still managed by [Interscope], but when T.I. came on board and it became a Grand Hustle thing. We were working on restructuring and we worked down to the final deal. There’s things that change when other people get involved. For me, I choose my involvement with Tip because that’s my family over other things, so I’m thankful that I have him and he can kinda get me out of that situation; now it’s just strictly Grand Hustle.” (XXL Mag)
The “King of the South” initially broke the news of Iggy’s Interscope deal falling through in mid-2012.
Iggy Azalea announced that she had signed a deal with Interscope Records earlier this year, but it may have been premature. According to her Grand Hustle boss T.I., the Aussie rapper is still unsigned. “Iggy is a free agent,” Tip told Bu Thiam, VP of A&R at Def Jam, on “MTV’s Hip Hop POV.” The blonde bombshell had touted a deal with Interscope and a summer release for her debut album The New Classic. “Interscope, if you were wondering,” she tweeted in January. “Get used to me + jimmy [iovine] smashing sh*t, cause thats the plan.” According to sources, a deal was never actually in place. However, she did release the T.I.-assisted “Murda Bizness,” which was billed as the lead single off the album. The Hustle Gang member is currently in talks with other labels including Def Jam. Her EP Glory is due this month. (Rap-Up)
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