T.I. Addresses Criticism Of His Son King Harris: "We All Got Badass Kids!"

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ATLANTA, GA - MAY 13: King and T.I. perform onstage at Spring Music fest at State Farm Arena on May 13, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
T.I. fires back at the criticism of his son, King Harris.

T.I.'s son, King Harris, grew up in front of the world during the height of the rapper's musical career. He first introduced himself on Family Hustle when he was in elementary school but since then, his formative years have been in the spotlight which means that any and all mistakes he makes are under a microscope.

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26: King Harris attends T.I. Birthday celebration at Trap City Cafe on September 26, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

King Harris has found himself getting in trouble with the law, and also facing backlash for aligning himself with the streets. However, T.I. explained that his son has only acted up because he didn't want to live off of the success of his parents.

"I have excellent communication with all my kids. I try to listen as much as I speak to them. [King’s] position is, ‘I just don’t want to be celebrities’ kid. I don’t want to live off of y’all’s success. I don’t wanna have to just be in y’all’s shadow,'" Tip told Shannon Sharpe on Club Shay Shay.

"[King] wants a clean slate. I try to tell him he’ll never have that," T.I. continued. "You were born with it. You can’t give it back… I love him and I understand he has a strong sense of moral standards and integrity.”

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 13: King and T.I. perform onstage at Spring Music fest at State Farm Arena on May 13, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

Due to King's actions, T.I. often faces backlash for his parenting skills. Still, he pointed out that he's absolutely not the only parents who have to deal with their child's behavioral issues. For any family with more than three children, T.I explained that there's bound to be at least one child that goes against the grain.

"As much criticism I received about my son, I would like to shed light on the fact – we all got badass kids! They can seem like I’m the only one on here who got badass kids," he said.

Last year, police arrested King Harris for not wearing his seatbelt in a car. However, Tip addressed the situation, claiming his son will be locked up if his behavior doesn't change.

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