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T.I. and Iggy (and Azealia Banks) Don’t Want “No Mediocre”

When it comes to women, T.I. lets it be known in his new single that he wants “No Mediocre”.  T.I.’s southern twang tossed over Brazilian steel drums sounds like butta. Only drawback, Mr. Tip’s lyrics are a bit tooo simple: “Right hand in the air, I solemnly swear / I never f**k a b**ch if she don’t do her hair”.  Sounds like something out of a kindergarten playground, instead of lyrics from one of the top rappers in the game.  In addition, some of the lyrics are a bit misogynistic; “I should see nothing but p***y when I look down there”.

That said… the song is hella catchy and that “kit-kat” line is fly.  What makes the tune more fun is Ms. Iggy’s guest verse.  Being that Iggy is currently the white hot lightening of hip-hop, a guest verse from her is a mandatory – even more so, since she is T.I’s protégé.  Her reference to being a “million dollar baby” who can go 12 rounds is a nice play on sex/boxing and female empowerment.

Now, in the video T.I. is flirting and playing “fútbol” in Brazil with a bunch of non-mediocre women.  This is standard for a hip-hop video – a bit odd though when the man who is being draped in these fine dime-brizels has a wife and children waiting at home!

“212” rapper Azealia Banks certainly thought so.  In what has erupted in the latest Twitter beef war, Azealia tweeted: “U want no mediocre but… Have you seen your wife?”  Then, “The n**ga shouting bad b***hes this bad b***hes that, is almost always at home with some busted bumpkin.”  Then she tweeted that T.I.’s wife had “meth face”.

Enter World War 3.

Both T.I. and his wifey Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (of RnB Xscape) took to social media to defend themselves.  But a furious T.I. threatened her life on Instagram:

“U musty-mouthed-thot-bot-bad-body-syphilis-lipped-rectum-vomit-unimportant-ugggggly-monstrosity-of-a-maggot-a** B**CCHHHH!!!!!! If u speak ill of my family again….. I WILL END YOU!!!!!! … #NoBuuullls**t people fall down stairs daily…. U better watch yo step,u ugly-a** Gremlin-baby”.

Azealia?  “Guess who’s about to get sued for threatening me! N**gas Love Jail”.

Yes. That happened.  Beef is a standard part of hip-hop culture (and record sales), but this one really just is inappropriate.  Hating on somebody’s wife?  No bueno.  One is tempted to think Azealia is starting beef in order to stay relevant.  She burst on the scene with tight, eccentric, speed raps (and long Rapunzel hair), and was quickly hailed by critics and fans as the Next. Big. Thing, until her first studio album, Broke With Expensive Taste, failed to appear.  With no traditional album out, Azealia now beefs with other artists:  Angel Haze, Lady Gaga, of course Iggy Azalea, and now T.I.  That said, T.I. went in… a little too far in with that life threat.

Survey says? Song’s good but the beef’s “mediocre”.

 “No Mediocre” T.I (feat. Iggy Azalea)


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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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