T.I. denies being behind Iggy Azalea’s success

T.I. denies being behind Iggy Azalea’s success

NOT A GHOSTWRITER:ggy Azalea, left, and T.I. perform at the 2014 BET Awards. T.I. denies being the ghostwriter behind Azalea's hits. Photo: Associated Press

Rapper T.I. has slammed rumors suggesting he’s the “ghostwriter” genius behind Iggy Azalea’s success.

Critics claim the “Fancy” rapper hired a series of experts, including T.I., to pen verses for her debut album, “The New Classic,” but the veteran has shot down the rumors, saying that he “ain’t no ghostwriter”, insisting that “Iggy got her own ideas and thoughts that she presents to the world in her own way”.

He concedes that while all artists get assistance on “hooks and certain things like that,” Azalea is the only person who writes the rest of her lyrics.

T.I. adds, “I couldn’t write a lot of the (expletive) she say (sic), you know? I couldn’t put her thoughts into words as articulate as she does. You know what I’m saying? She just has a different way of presenting herself and her art.”

Fellow female rapper Nicki Minaj reignited claims Azalea used ghostwriters last month when the “Superbass” hitmaker appeared to take a sly swipe at Azalea during her BET Awards acceptance speech, declaring, “(What) I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”

Minaj later took to Twitter to clear up the statement, insisting she simply wanted to encourage female emcees everywhere to take charge of their own material – and she was not attacking chart-topper Azalea.

Recent Headlines

in Music

This week’s top R&B tracks


LISTEN: This week's top R&B tracks, according to the latest Billboard chart.

in Music

TOP 10: Count down the hottest songs this week


The top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week ending Oct. 3.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: Veteran cast can’t save ‘The Martian’


It has all the earmarks of a blockbuster, but still can't shake the feeling of missed opportunity.

in Entertainment

WHAT’S ON: New on Netflix, Amazon & Hulu in October


Get your remotes ready for a binge-worthy weekend of new movies and TV shows.

in Music

Will Smith getting ‘jiggy’ with music again with Latin band


The Grammy-winning rapper and Oscar-nominated actor appears on a remix of Colombian band Bomba Estereo's song, "Fiesta."