T.I. often speaks about music, and often speaks about his family. But in an interview with VladTV, the two subjects happened to merge.

During the interview, the subject of rappers’ children following in their fathers’ footsteps came up. “I used to tell [my son], ‘This not good enough.’ But now, he played something for me last night, and he’s on the fast track. Now I can listen to it, and take it seriously.”

Asked whether the Atlanta rapper would collaborate with his son, T.I. replied that it would cost him. “I tell my son, ‘You can’t afford me,'” said Tip, before adding,. “I’ll give him a discount. I’ll work with him.”

So why the hard-line stance? “I want to make sure he has no delusion in his mind that just because you’re T.I.’s son, that entitles you to certain things that other people have to pay for,” he explained.

“I tell mine, ‘You gotta work your way up to me, man. You gotta go do some verses with some other people, first. Then come back. …You think you can walk in here and just have a song with T.I.? What have you done?”

T.I.’s family is the subject of “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” a reality show on Vh1. The show’s third season premiered this past April. Tip is currently touring with Lil Wayne, French Montana and 2 Chainz on the “America’s Most Wanted Tour.”

Watch the interview below:

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