Harris Hustle: The Best Of T.I.’s Fatherly Lessons From Season One

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T.I. Father's Day Lessons

In honor of T.I. Father’s Day weekend, the team here at VH1 is celebrating one of our favorite dads, who also happens to be a successful rapper, actor, and businessman. T.I., the man who needs no introduction, has opened the door to his lively Atlanta home and his adorable brood via T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, putting his best teaching moments on full display.

We’ll be highlighting some of the more tender and thoughtful experiences Tip has shared with Zonnique, Messiah, Deyjah, Domani, King, and little Major, beginning with Season One. Now back, back, back to the archives (but stay out of the White Room!):

1. Get Your Priorities In Order

After Domani expresses interest in following in his dad’s footsteps by pursuing music, Tip helps him get stage-ready before his first live performance. Lyrics and flow are important, but style and execution matters most, and those can only be achieved through hard work–and maybe borrowing one or two moves dad’s put in temporary retirement.

2. Respect Yourself

When 10-year-old Deyjah informs Pops that she has a boyfriend (!), he makes sure she understands that most some men are only after one thing. “Guys are going to tell you you’re pretty, they’re going to tell you you’re smart, and they’re only telling you that to get your sugar,” he says. Trying not to lose his cool, he encourages his daughter to be smart and to be safe, because there is only a limited amount of her precious “sugar” to spread around.

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