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V Exclusive! Iggy Azalea Confirms Romantic Relationship with A$AP Rocky

If you aren't aware of this Australian rapper, get familiar... and quick.

After releasing a buzz-worthy mixtape, Ignorant Art, and dropping a couple accompanying visuals--most recently, Bell Soto-directed "The Last Song"--it seems as if Iggy Azalea is one of the few female shining stars in today's hip-hop scene. Garnering attention for her modelesque physique and signature platinum blonde ponytail, the southern-sounding raptress, born Amethyst, gut punches listeners with depth, delivery and, well, blatant swag.

Recently, she silently pledged allegiance to buzzing Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky when she tweeted her new ink. What was it, you ask? "Live, Love, A$AP" and "The New Classic" along the inside of her pointer, middle and ring fingers; the two's movement mantras and music projects. Too much, you say? Not for the Down Under beauty and Mr. Pretty Flocko. In the exclusive interview with VIBE, she opens up (a little) about her new beau, her fears about fame and what she thinks about Azealia Banks. -Niki McGloster

VIBE: Okay, so we have to talk about the A$AP tattoo. What’s the story behind that?
Iggy: Ugh, it’s hard to say without getting myself in trouble. [Laughs]

Say as much as you can.
I don’t know how to put it. It’s like… I… I don’t know… I love him and that’s all there is to it. We have our own thing going on and I’m not the only one that [got the tattoos]. I’ll tell you that. [Laughs] I’m just the only one with it on my fingers!

Now, is it that you love the movement or is there something going on between you and A$AP Rocky.
It’s not the movement. I’ll tell you that.

Okay, so saying as much as you can, if someone wanted to approach you for a date or something serious, would you be able to say “yes” or “no”?
I’d have to say that I’m taken.

Nice. Okay. When did you first meet the A$AP mob?
We have a mutual friend, Chase N. Cashe. He kinda showed me their stuff and he showed them mine. I came out to New York for the CMJ festival, and I couldn’t make their shows, but I got some of their numbers and was like, ‘When you’re out in LA and you do a show, I’ll come support.’ They ended up coming out a few weeks later, and Chase introduced us all. I was supposed to be doing a song with Rocky but… [Laughs]

I guess there was more than just a song there, huh?
[Laughs] Something was happening. There was definitely some chemistry. I mean, we would do a song, but with everything that’s kind of going on, I think it would be kinda corny right now. Like, 'Rocky and Iggy do a love duet!' [Laughs]

Aw! That’s the classic, unconventional love story.
It’s funny to me that everybody is so surprised about it. This should show you as a public how much you don’t see behind closed doors. Artists still do have personal lives. It feels like everything is so exposed and everybody knows everything, but there’s a lot of stuff that’s still private. It just came as a surprise like, 'What the f*ck,' but you guys just don’t know. [Laughs]

Yeah. I mean, people have a hard time separating real life from celebrity, so once they get a glimpse of that real life, they bug out.
And it’s scary! It’s scares me! I see how people twist regular music stuff, and I’m like, I don’t know about personal life. It’s like, you want to tell everyone about all kinds of different stuff, but I don’t want to ruin it by letting everybody in because not everybody’s happy for you.

Exactly.
I always say: Share your happiness with the world, give other people that happienes and let it come back, but some things make me question it. I don’t know if I want some people to know that I am happy. I think a lot of people want to take it away from you and that’s really scary.

Are you frightened by your growing success?
Sorta. It’s weird. It’s like you’re scared about it ‘cause you see a lot of things snowballing that you don’t have control over and youre’ like ‘Whoa.’ And then, you’ll get scared that you’ll lose it too or that it won’t keep going. What if I fail? What I go back to regular [life]? What if I fall off? It’s like I’m scared to see what’s over the mountain, but I have a wolf chasing me and I have to keep going. I have to keep going.

A double-edged sword.
Yeah, for real. When I first put my first video out, I sat down with my friend at this café, and we’re like, ‘Holy shit, what did we just do?’ [Laughs] You just can’t be prepated for the criticism. When you’re in the industry, you get critiqued a lot, but when you see real strangers going in on you, you’re like, I’m not prepared for it at all. It’s hard not to be affected by it. When you first get exposed, you want to look [at the comments], but you have to train yourself. You know what I mean?

Do not look at your mentions!
Yeah, even with me and Rocky. ‘Is Rocky dating Iggy?’ It’s like, I don’t even want to see the comments on that. Or I’ll see, ‘No, Iggy’s not dating him. Iggy’s dating blah, blah.’ [Laughs] It’s like, whatever! Wrong, wrong, wrong!

You know, one thing that everyone is speaking up about also is you and Azealia Banks. What’s going on there?
I have no deal with her. I don’t know her personally. I said it about Kreayshawn, too. If I don’t know you personally, how could I have a problem with you? What would I have a problem about? I don’t know that person. If somebody wants to say something about me, that’s something I can’t control. But a stranger? Whether it’s an artist or just a person writing a comment, you could never say anything that could make me mad enough to feel like I have some personal problem with you. I don’t know you. I truly don’t understand it. I just keep making my own music, and I’m deaf to that. What is there to say? Nothing.

What's coming up next?
I'm doing a song with Yelawolf. I have a song with Dev coming out, and this is all going to be promotional songs before the album. I have a song with Skeme and Kendrick [Lamar] that we're putting out, and I'm trying to get a song with just me and Kendrick, like, really freestyling and stuff.

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VICE CEO Doesn't Believe Desus And Mero's Brand Is Strong Enough For Showtime

Comedy duo Desus & Mero have kept their brand strong since joining forces in 2012 but the newly-appointed CEO of Vice believes their move to Showtime wasn't the best decision.

In an interview with Elle, Nancy Dubuc shared her plans to rebuild the outlet since reports of sexual harassment allegations, unlawful HR practices and the stepping down of Shane Smith came to light this year. Changing the bro culture has removed content and replacing it with more substantial content and finding gems that will also replace the gap left by Desus & Mero.

The guys brought high ratings to the network during their reign from August 2016 to June 2018, but Dubuc doesn't see this happening for their upcoming series at Showtime. “They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” she said.  “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

In an interview with Bossip over the summer, the guys revealed their contracts were cut two months early after news about their deal with Showtime went public. They show consisted of the two commentating on the latest in politics and pop culture while interviewing big names like Gabrielle Union, Rachel Maddow, Diddy, Vic Mensa and Tracee Ellis Ross. They also opened up about their organic approach in comedy was nearly butchered when the network demanded them to work 24/7.

“We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight,” Desus said. “They were talking about, ‘Do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, 'Yo, we’re just two people.'”

“We were literally the LeBron of that network,” Mero added. “As a dad, you wanna be around for milestones for like graduations, birthdays…and it’s obnoxious to have to be like, ‘I can’t go to my kid’s graduation because we leave the studio at 3 o’clock and the graduation is at 4.’”

Mero believed the duo were undervalued and not appreciated by the network until it was too late. Their brand transcended platforms as the guys are still active on Twitter and their podcast roots, taking the brand to new heights.

“The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network,” Desus said at the time.  “We’re also the highest rated show on the network, put some respect on our name, have someone come massage my feet.”

We doubt the duo will go back to Vice as excitement for their series on Showtime continues to grow. The guys are already making strides by adding black women to their writing team and recently dropped a teaser for the show.

The brand is strong. #DESUSandMERO are bringing the culture to #Showtime beginning Thurs, Feb 21, at 11p/10c! #BodegaHive pic.twitter.com/3DwcWXgrEO

— Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) November 29, 2018

Desus and Mero will premiere on Showtime Feb. 21 at 11 pm ET.

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Cardi B Gets Driving Lesson, Performs For Senior Citizens During 'Carpool Karaoke' Segment

Cardi B was the latest guest on James Corden's Late Late Show segment, "Carpool Karaoke," and as expected, it was a helluva time.

The Grammy nominee ran through some of her hits with Corden, such as "Bodak Yellow," "Money," "Be Careful" and more. She discussed her transition from stripper to MC, which Corden attributed to "grinding and hustling for a long time.”

“A lot of these deejays was sleepin’ on me… they was frontin’ on the kid!” Cardi exclaimed. Cardi also discussed her childhood growing up in the Bronx, which included keeping a razor blade in her cheek just in case some crazy sh*t goes down, as well as her affinity for ASMR videos. She also performed at a senior citizens' home at the end of the clip to a rousing response.

Perhaps the best part of the segment was her attempt to drive. Facilitated by a conversation in which the two discussed her five luxury cars, Cardi hit a few cones and flags while trying to maneuver in and out during a lesson. She said that the car (a Range Rover) was a bit big for her, but her lack of driving skills period resulted in her hitting a camera during her attempt at parallel parking.

“I couldn’t rap about these cars because I didn’t own them,” she laughed before adding, "[Driving] is scary.”

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Former ABC President Channing Dungey Joins Netflix As VP Of Original Content

Former ABC president, Channing Dungey, is heading to Neflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dungey will officially join the company early next year in a "newly created leadership role" as a vice president of original titles.

Dungey will work directly with fellow vp, Cindy Holland, and Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Saranados. Her position involves overseeing the streaming network's current deals, which include the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions company.

The move also re-teams Dungey with Shonda Rhimes’ and Black-Ish creator, Kenya Barriss, both of whom left ABC and signed with Netflix.

In addition, Dungey will oversee a group of executives who have worked on Narcos, House of Cards, and other big shows on the streaming network.

"I'm drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy, with whom I’m excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content," Dungey said in a statement. "Given that ABC, the place I’ve called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming. I'm invigorated by the challenges ahead and the opportunity to forge new relationships, and excited for the very welcome reunion with incredible talent."

In 2016, Dungey was named president of ABC, making her the first Black woman to lead any of the four major networks. She began her career with the company in 2004, and worked her way up to executive vice president of the network’s drama division developing hit shows such as Scandal, Quantico, Hot To Get Away with Murder and American Crime, before being promoted to network lead. Her exit from ABC came in November, shortly after firing Roseanne Barr for making racist comments.

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