In this week’s episode of T.I. and Tiny’s The Family Hustle, hip hop’s favorite TV parents get the shake down from their littlest kids, King and Major, who make clear they want to make some cash money, dollar bills like their famous rapper dad. But rather than hand stacks to their young children, T.I. first tries to assign some chores—car washing, grass cutting, taking out the garbage—before moving on to a more loftier goal of adding King, 7, and Major, 3, to the family hustle: the entertainment biz.
Of course, T.I. and Tiny, both entertainers, know a little something about having kids in the entertainment industry; their teen daughter, Zonnique, recently signed a contract with Interscope Records as part of the popular R&B group, OMG Girlz, so it’s natural that if their other children express an interest in show business, the parents would be willing to open doors for them to join in on the family hustle.
The question is, are King and Major ready for the limelight that T.I. and Tiny have planned for them? Of course, mothers of young children might be a little disturbed by the parents’ push to get their kids into show business; while we eagerly watch shows like Dance Moms and Toddlers & Tiaras and rush our kids to see Jaden Smith and Willow Smith in their latest movies and music videos, we tend to do so while criticizing the children as fast and grown and the parents as irresponsible for pushing their kids into a mature, harsh business. Still, I can’t help but to think that branding kid stars and their parents for pursuing early careers in entertainment is a bit unfair. I mean, our family hustle is writing, and no one would give us a hard time if we were helping our daughters to be writers. No one would have a problem, either, if my in-laws, both attorneys, were priming their sons to be lawyers, or if my cousin, the brain surgeon, was helping his daughter pursue a career in medicine.
Which is what I had to tell myself as I watched King and Major go to Hollywood in this episode of T.I. and Tiny’s The Family Hustle. I particularly loved T.I.’s talk with King—a talk in which he implored his son to be dedicated to his craft if he truly wants to pursue an entertainment career. “If you want it,” he said, “work for it.” Amen to that! Watch the 13th episode of T.I. and Tiny’s The Family Hustle below.
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