T.I. sets record straight: He still works with Iggy Azalea

Sep 18, 2015, 01:15 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — T.I. is setting the record straight: The rapper says he's still working with Iggy Azalea, despite reports claiming their business partnership was over after his recent radio interview. In an interview with The Associated Press, T.I. said Thursday night that he still considers the Australian rapper his "little sister." He said his words were taken out of context after talking about their relationship during an interview on a New York radio station this week. T.I. said Azalea is still signed to his Grand Hustle label. She said the same Thursday on Twitter. "That's still my partner," T.I. said of Azalea, known for her hit song "Fancy." ''Her life has taken her in a different direction. My life is still as it was before. But Iggy is doing what she feels makes Iggy happy. That's what she should do. We're focused on making the next Iggy record and dodge the same adversities we faced last time."

During the radio interview, T.I. talked about the harsh criticism Azalea received about her music and trying to defuse a public feud between Azalea and rapper Q-Tip. Last year, Q-Tip tried to school Azalea on hip-hop's history and implied she had appropriated the black culture.

After T.I. attempted to bring peace between Q-Tip and Azalea, she fired back with a series of messages toward critics through Twitter.

That's when T.I. felt he needed to step back and allow Azalea to have her space.