Over the course of nearly three seasons of T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle, we’ve seen that T.I. is all about encouraging his children to follow their passions, especially when they go beyond video games and get the entire family out of the house. So when King expresses interest in race car driving, it’s time for the Harrises to take a family trip to the Daytona 500.
Not all family vacations include fast cars and chill time with professional athletes. And when Tip heads to the raceway, Nascar hotshots like Carl Edwards and Darrell Wallace, Jr. are likely to come say hello. But how does a day at the track influence the troop at home?
T.I.’s Fatherly Wisdom: Be PreparedWatching the likes of these NASCAR pros ride around in circles (and hearing how much they get paid) inspired Tip and Tameka to teach their children how to drive. Sure, they’re each a few years (or more) away from a valid license in the state of Georgia, but it’s never to early to get your kids started on a passion project. And just because it’s a teaching moment, doesn’t mean the man and woman of the house can’t get competitive; clearly the easiest way to teach everyone to drive is to make this a family battle masked as a soap box derby. Tiny claimed King and Domani, while T.I. was left with Messiah, Deyjah, and Major. “I can impart wisdom on any child, any size, any age,” T.I. explained. We agree! We’ve seen him do it many times. But driving skills and teaching moments take a back seat to the parents’ competitive spirits, especially once the terms of the challenge have been agreed upon. Leather and wood, ladies. Leather and wood.
“Being prepared is one of the biggest parts of getting yourself together for a race,” Tip said, before Major went to spy on his competition. “Part of being prepared is knowing your enemy’s tactics.” We knew Major hadn’t hung up his investigator hat for good! The small ones do come in handy. Another part of being prepared is making sure you have a fly ride that’s decorated in pretty colors, so your opponent can stare longingly at the artful paint job as they ride woefully behind you. Tip and the family took the proper safety precautions as well, from wearing protective masks to block the yucky fumes of their spray paint cans, to blocking off the street before the big race. When the wheels hit the road, Tiny and her team swept the inaugural Harris derby, proving that it’s okay to trash talk… so long as you back it up. But did T.I. let her win? Eh, that one’s up for debate.
What did you think of the Harris family’s day at the races? Who’s a better driver: T.I. or Tiny? Is Major destined for a career in the C.I.A.? Let us know in the comments below.