If you’ve ever caught an episode of VH1’s “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” it’s obvious that Tip is a family man, and when he appeared on Wednesday’s episode of “RapFix Live,” he brought along his wife and co-star Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, who helped him play ’The Newlywed Game.’
Sway gave Tiny a grand introduction, which she enjoyed (“behind every king there’s a queen”), and then Mrs. Harris went on to explain why she thought it was a good idea to appear on the reality show. “I wanted [everyone] to learn a little more about me and not just go off what you think and what you hear,” she said. “I think it was a good way to show that we are a real family, that we go through things and get through them and we still remain family and in love.”
During the sit-down, fans asked T.I. if he’s ever tempted to censor himself in music because of his large family, specifically his daughters, but he has it down to science. “I separate art versus life, reality versus entertainment and I let them know that the things I say, I’m speaking on things I used to do,” he said. “And I’ve gotta speak on that because there’s more people out there that live like I used to live that buy my music than [people who] live like I live right now.
“If I make music based on how I live right now, then our house would get smaller, our cars would be cheaper, our clothes would not be as extravagant, and they seem to understand that,” he added, laughing.
Tiny agreed with Tip’s rationale. “He can get carried away sometimes, but I do know that it’s art, and I understand that it’s part of the business,” she said. “I’ve been there and done that, so I’ve got a little more understanding than maybe some others do.”
After they got all of the important questions out of the way, it was time to have some fun. Sway put T.I. and Tiny to the test, giving them a series of trivia questions and asking them to write down the answers on behalf of each other. Questions included everything from favorite cocktails to favorite movies, but things got more interesting as the game progressed and this came up: “What does he or she always do when they’re feeling romantic?”
Here, T.I. got a little bashful, seeming to lose his words, only offering up, “I just get to the point.” Tiny, on the other hand, didn’t hold back, telling the audience, “I said he talks dirty and touches me everywhere.” She continued to add more details while T.I. hid his face in his hands. “We’re gonna have to wipe the steam off the TV screen!” he said laughing and looking relieved that the moment was finally over.
Season two of “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” premieres September 3 on VH1.