The VH1 reality show features the rapper, his wife and his 7 children
Atlanta rapper T.I. recently revealed why one of his sons has been absent from episodes of his popular VH1 show “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” this season.
Earlier this month, the philanthropist and hip-hop heavyweight spoke with Big Bank and DJ Scream on their podcast “Big Facts.” The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, talked about his life in quarantine, some of his past rap feuds and even UFOs.
The topic of his successful reality show franchise “Family Hustle” was also on the menu of discussion topics. With his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, the 39-year-old rapper has starred in his own VH1 show about their family since 2011. From 2011 to 2017, the show focused on the couple and their seven children. The show also featured the rapper’s sister, Precious Harris, who died after a car crash in 2019.
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In 2018, the family introduced a spinoff of sorts, “T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle,” featuring the Harrises and their famous friends including singers Monica and LeToya Luckett. The show has attracted great ratings and a solid following through its two inceptions.
During the podcast interview, Big Bank asks, “What’s up with Domani?” Referring to the fact that T.I.’s 19-year-old son Domani Harris had not appeared in the most recent season of the show.
T.I. explains that his son, who also raps, had decided he no longer wanted to be associated with the reality show.
“That man gave up − what was it for one season? − I think it was $80,000 $85,000,” the “Go Get it” rapper said. “They told him all you got to do is show up, just for being in the background.”
Even with production offering to limit his camera time, Domani Harris reportedly preferred not to be filmed for the show. The up-and-coming hip-hop artist recently released the song “The Truth.” In addition to following in his father’s musical footsteps, he also took up acting like his dad. The junior Harris appeared in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”
T.I. said his son wants to embark on his own career without the ties to the reality show or his famous father.
“He real adamant about making his own path, you know what I’m saying,” T.I. explained. “You know he has a keen intent to separate his legacy from my legacy.”
The rapper said he respects his son’s vision, but it’s not the choice he would have made as a developing artist or teenager.
“I wouldn’t have given up any money,” T.I. said. “I wouldn’t have let no money slide by, but I get it.”
To hear more of the interview with T.I., listen to the “Big Facts” episode here.