When T.I. created his new reality show, Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip Hop, centered on the lives and careers of up-and-coming female hip-hop artists, he originally wanted the show to feature one of his own.
“Now this show, to be honest with you, when we came up with it, we wanted it to be for Iggy [Azelea],” he tells ABC News Radio. “Iggy, however is not interested in showcasing parts of her life outside of music.”
Still, the show stars former Crime Mob member Diamond, Bia, Brianna Perry, Nyemiah Supreme and Siya. The show also features cameos from hip-hop heavyweights, including Pharrell, Timbaland, Rick Ross and Lil Jon.
T.I. adds that he was also interested in having G.O.O.D. Music’s Teyana Taylor join the cast. “She was actually saying yes until something happened with another network and things began to unravel,” he explains.
So why would Tip be interested in creating a reality show for potential music competition? “For one, I felt that it was interesting. Anytime you have a female trying to enter into a male-dominated area, it’s always gon’ be noteworthy. It’s gon’ make for good documentation,” he says.
The Atlanta-bred rapper also hopes the show will create a shift in how female artists are treated in the industry and in the culture, where few women stand out.
“I think [the show will] create more of a market for it. It will broaden the demographic. And I think that with the doors being kicked down by Iggy, by Nicki [Minaj], the doors that were previously kicked down by everyone from Lil Kim to Foxy Brown, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, so on and so forth, Salt N Pepa, I feel like all of that is a contribution,” he explains. “All of that speaks volumes to what the possibilities are for the future.”
Oxygen’s Sisterhood of Hip Hop premieres August 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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