After weeks of slow-burning beef between female rappers Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea, it seems like Azalea’s mentor T.I. is jumping into the fray.

The kerfuffle between the ladies stems from the March issue of XXL which hailed Iggy Azalea as one of the next big things in hip-hop, an honor Azealia Banks just didn’t think her fellow femcee was worthy of.

Always outspoken, Banks took to Twitter to vent her frustrations about Iggy’s XXL shout out, pointing out a questionable lyric Iggy uttered likening other rappers in the game to runaway slaves and she, a white woman, was the master.

Since then, Banks has apparently been taking shots at Iggy and her handler, T.I., which finally provoked Tip to speak out about the simmering beef.

“I mean I know they’re going through their thing, but the fact that she’s speaking upon me and mine and – I never – I ain’t even see it,” T.I. said The Morning Riot show. “That is what I consider – And excuse my language, but that’s bitch shit. You know what I’m saying? I’m a man.”

He continued: “Get your man to address me. If you got a man, get him to address me. You ain’t got no business addressing me. keep dealing with that woman. Y’all handle that. You and me, we ain’t got nowhere to go with that.”

Banks wasted no time clapping-back. The Harlem-native took to the Tweets to air out her frustration:

While the beef seems quite…minimal (and dare I say petty?), the notion that a woman cannot address a man regarding her concerns is painfully played out. Also, I find it interesting that Tip feels Banks “needs” a male handler to pave the way for her rap career and that he, instead of Azealia, should be the one bringing her concerns to the forefront.

Although Azealia Banks has everyone from Kanye West and M.I.A., to Lady Gaga and Missy singing her praises, the fact that she feels no qualms about standing on her own and standing up for herself, tells me she be just fine in this business and in her dealings with hip hop’s sexist tastemakers.

What do you think of Tip’s comments to Azealia Banks? 

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  • Dreaming

    Misogyny in Hip Hop/Rap. What’s new?

  • Cass

    I think he was only stating his opinion as plainly as possible because everyone would be giving him the side eye if he just went off and started a beef with a girl. Plus, she need to grow some maturity and needs to allow her music to speak for itself.

    • Dreaming

      She’s not a girl. She’s a woman.

    • Cass

      Well she’s acting like a girl, so why call her any different?…her age?…Who cares

  • Super Negra

    T.I. barely speaks English, I wouldn’t worry too much Azealia.

  • kidole

    So T.I. is a caveman and Azealia is a toddler!

  • gmarie

    I actually think he handled it quite respectfully. This could have totally taken a turn for the worst. Now- had T.I. called her out of her name in the same way she’s going at him, calling him a clown and basically trying to emasculate him, this article would be about black women being disrespected and and hip hop putting down women ….blah blah blah and on and on. Respect goes BOTH ways. She should just let it rest and focus on her music. I’ve never heard anything she’s done to be honest. I only know about her from her beefs in the industry. THAT my friends is sad.

    • Ruky

      She didnt mention T.i until he said she should pray her album is shelved so that she could be on next year’s freshman list. Her tweets came after the radio interview

    • gmarie

      I’m going by what I see (what was posted here) on her twitter timeline. it looks like she is going at him in several back to back tweets calling him out of his name. I don’t see any response from him on that platform. The response he ultimately gave is mild and to the point, he’s not interested in any beef with her. She needs to grow up,respect that, and move on instead of calling him a clown.

    • keke


      what is written here in this article isn’t the full story. As Ruky mentioned, T.I made a comment about A Banks before stating something along the lines of she should hope that she sucks enough so her album getting shelved and maybe can be on the next freshmen list.

      Necole Bitchie has the full recap of this story: http://necolebitchie.com/2012/04/23/ti-says-azealia-banks-is-on-some-b-tch-sh-t-azealia-banks-responds-stfu/

      T.I should have stayed out of this. things actually died down between A Banks and Iggy. And considering that this is hip hop two artist beefing isn’t anything new. He should let them both handle it and stay out of their business. He just comes across as trying to be the savior for Iggy and it isn’t necessary. she is a rapper, let her do what rappers do.

      and he just sounds like an supreme jerk. if he feels that a man should address him, then why is he evening responding to A Banks?

      I used to love T.I. but honestly, I am over him ever since he went back to jail for the 50th time. he needs to focus on other things cause clearly he forgot how much he used to trash talk when he first started in the rap game.