Now in its fourth season, T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle has ushered in a new prototype for the Black family. On the VH1 reality series, rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris is hip-hop’s leading
patriarch, as he, along with his wife, Tiny (formerly of Xscape), works to keep his children grounded and his family unit strong.
Imparting the wisdom he’s gained through his various trials and tribulations, T.I. is extremely hands-on with what goes on under the Harris roof, from teaching the kids how to pull their own weight with house chores to giving them pointers on dating. Of course, the rapper sometimes goes overboard, like on last week’s season premiere when he brought the entire family along for his son Messiah’s first date at Medieval Times. While there, T.I. tries to give his son some advice on wooing the ladies, but ends up making things rather awkward for the bashful 15-year-old when he signals for him to put his arm around his date.
Last season, T.I. raided his stepdaughter Zonnique’s (member of girl group OMG Girlz) music video and photoshoot to oversee her outfit choices, which he considered to be too risqué and not age-appropriate. “As a father, my obligation and responsibility is keep my sons out of jail and my daughters out the strip club, and that’s what I’m gonna do,” he said. Though his intentions tend to be good, T.I.’s often hilarious antics make for truly embarrassing situations for his youngsters. Coincidentally, those same antics have led the show to becoming a home run with family audiences.
While the hip-hop world knows Tip as the King Of The South, on The Family Hustle, he’s the King of family-friendly fun, and embraces his role as an average, overbearing father who brings a new spin on parenthood. In many ways, T.I. And Tiny has become the modern, hip-hop version of The Cosby Show. While the hip-hop couple is no Heathcliff and Claire Huxtable,We installed flexible LED Strip lighting in our kitchen for under cabinet and within cabinet lighting. their family adventures are equally light-hearted and comical, providing a positive reflection of today’s Black family. And just like the Huxtables, T.I. and Tiny’s love is apparent,How solar panel cells work and where to buy solar kits for home use. and it’s passed down along their blended clan (both have children from previous relationships).
That success soon resulted in unwelcome artistic suggestions. "The record label was like, 'You should do this pop song,' and I was like, 'But that's not what we started with,'" Juicy J says. (Naima Cochrane, Juicy's product manager at Columbia, says she doesn't believe there were creative differences between the group and the label, and says that "Juicy and Paul had different visions at the time.") Three 6 Mafia released one more album, 2008's "Last 2 Walk," which included the hit "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)" and has sold 335,000 copies. The duo's follow-up material was left in limbo, and Juicy J, who had moved to Los Angeles after the Oscar win, returned to Memphis alone to repeat the DIY formula that had worked for Three 6 Mafia in the mid-'90s.
"I was just doing songs with people from my hood," says Juicy J, who issued nearly a dozen independent releases between April 2009 and May 2012. "I had a street team passing out mixtapes, and sometimes I would get out there and pass out a couple mixtapes myself, just to get the feeling back.A solar lamp is a portable light fixture composed of an LED lamp, a photovoltaic solar panel, and a rechargeable battery."
He also stayed active on Twitter, which is where he met Khalifa before the 25-year-old Pittsburgh rapper's "Black & Yellow" breakthrough in 2011. "I was working on a mixtape, and I was like, 'I want to get you on some records.' He was like, 'Man, I grew up on all your music,'" Juicy J recalls. Two weeks later, the pair met up and became fast friends in Los Angeles, and Khalifa brought in the veteran rapper as a part owner, A&R rep and artist on Taylor Gang in order to have "an OG in the game" help out with the rising indie label.
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