- Michael Irvin criticizes his rapper son’s portrayal of “ghetto life.”
- The NFL Hall of Famer has publicly addressed his son’s lyrics before.
- Irvin’s son goes by the rap name “Tut Tarantino.”
Super Bowl champ and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin has had enough of the youth glorifying the “thug life,” especially when they haven’t lived it.
Taking aim directly at his own blood, Irvin called out his son’s attempts to don a gangster rapper persona, despite a life of luxury.
Discussing the ongoing issue with another NFL stalwart, Keyshawn Johnson, on Fox Sports’ “Undisputed,” the topic came up in the context of NBA player Ja Morant, who faced multiple suspensions for brandishing firearms in his social media clips.
Irvin was candid about this rising culture among young athletes. “You can’t be with people all the time; they’re running around,” he noted.
However, he turned the spotlight on his own household, saying, “I got a son, and he raps. His rap name is Tut Tarantino. If you ever listen to some of his raps, I’m like, ‘Oh my god! Where does this come from, son?!’ ‘You grew up in a gated community your whole life,’ but he’s rapping ‘my life’ because we romanticize and fantasize about that old thug life, ghetto life, and all that stuff.”
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Clearly frustrated, Irvin stressed, “We used to work to get away from [that]. Now, we’ve gotten to a place somehow where we’re running back towards it, in the music, in everything.”
Interestingly, this wasn’t Irvin’s first time discussing his son’s choice of lyrics. Back in 2019, on the “Dan Patrick Show,” he addressed the issue.
“He raps about some of the hardest stuff in the world,” Irvin remarked. “I say to him, ‘Son, you grew up in a 20,000 square foot, gated community! Where does this stuff come from?’”
Irvin expressed his disbelief, continuing, “I worked hard to get you out of this, and you’re rapping right back to it.”
The rapper’s video for “Hit Pt. 2” is a testament to the very portrayal Irvin critiqued. Sporting a ski mask and rapping about drugs and weapons, the video, since Irvin’s comments, has become a hub of reactions mocking the posh background of “Tut Tarantino.”
One user jibed, “That’s the nicest [drug] house I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Another comment read, “[T]his brings a whole new meaning to Fake it til you make it.”
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