“Father Like Sons” arrived via a Complex premiere on Wednesday (November 29) before hitting streaming services on Friday (December 1).
King kicks off the piano-driven tune seemingly defending some of the recent antics that have generated headlines around his name.
“This shit just run in the family, I ain’t capping, n-gga/I got that side of my pops, I ain’t acting n-gga,” he warbles. “There’s a hating ass n-gga that want me dead.”
Domani takes the baton: “Stunt like my daddy, cool like my daddy/Running from it for a while but I’m just so much like my daddy/Can’t ignore it no more/They say how much more do you want.”
Listen to “Father Like Sons” below.
King described the tune as a means to share more about his identity apart from his superstar father, while still showing him love for paving the way.
“‘Father Like Sons’ describes my life off of the camera and the person that I am independently,” he told Complex. “On this record I share genuinely how I am, I get it from my Pops who instilled this into me as a youngin. I was smaller than everyone and in public school by myself with nobody but me, and my brothers were at their mom house goin’ to different schools.”
He continued: “Pops taught me how to stand up for myself and take no shit and that’s who I am regardless of where I’m from, and what I come from. I stand on my 10 I was trained like that!! I’M NOT NO GANGSTA, NOT NO THUG, NOT DA TOUGHEST, but I STAND ON BUSINESS!!! I ain’t gotta act to be nothing. At da end of da day it’s in me not on me, IF U KNOW ME U KNOW, IF U DON’T GOOD.”
The timing of the heartfelt track’s arrival is fitting following last weekend’s “silver spoon” argument between King and T.I. which spilled into the public eye at the Atlanta Falcons game where Tip performed.
The shouting match soon turned physical, with T.I. putting his son in a headlock and telling him: “You are embarrassing yourself and your family! Boy, you can’t do nothing with me! Ain’t shit you can do with me!”
King later addressed the altercation on social media, writing: “If ima mistake say dat stop making da world think u fw me when u DONT. N-gga be faking a image for da internet &. It AINT Me.”
However, cooler heads prevailed and the father-son combination was able to patch things up and move forward in their relationship.
“Fck what dis internet talkin bout… Da HFamily Tied Like a Knot,” T.I. wrote to IG. “We all We Got…4LIFE… Ima RIDE to da heavens or da depths of HELL bout my Jr.& ain’t nothing gon change that.”