That’s because unlike so many other Hollywood spouses, she was doing the whole celebrity thing long before she married Clifford “T.I.â€ Harris and the two of them had a litter of kids, keeping audiences entertained each week on their reality show “T.I. and Tiny: Family Hustle.â€
A Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter with the multi-platinum ‘90s group Xscape, Tiny has managed to put together quite the entertainment empire since then.
Though she and T.I. partner on their show and other hustles — Tip, according to Complex.com, is one of the 20 richest rappers in the industry, worth an estimated $30 million — Tiny still steers her own money-making ship. In addition to “Family Hustleâ€ she executive produces two other TV shows, “Tiny and Toyaâ€ and her new baby, “Tiny Tonight,â€ on VH1.
“I’m really excited about this show,â€ the pint-size singer says over her cell phone from her hometown of Atlanta. “I’ve always wanted to do one and now we are,â€ she says excitedly of the well-received December 18 debut of her late-night series.
“[My team and I] have always wanted to do a show from a younger point of view and so we set up a meeting with VH1 a while back. They liked the idea. Once I kind of proved myself with ‘Family Hustle’ they came back to me and said they were interested,â€ she continues. “We came up with names and ideas and a cast and then shot it. It turned out awesome.â€
The next episode — which has a Valentine’s Day theme — airs on February 11.
“It’s the first late-night talk show VHI has ever done,â€ Tiny says proudly. “We’re trying to turn it into a weekly program.â€
While her new television deal is percolating Tiny’s focused on the music.
True to her roots she’s stayed very much involved in the music industry, only now as a label owner like her hubby. The petite singer runs Pretty Hustle — the counterpart to T.I.‘s Grand Hustle imprint — which the NAACP Image award-nominated OMG Girl are signed to. Not surprisingly the ATL-based girl group features Tiny’s own daughter Zonnique Pullins. It’s managed by veteran producer Jermaine Dupri.
“I’m so proud of the girls and see big things for their future,â€ says Tiny about the three-girl crew which she formed with a partner in 2009. “They’re all my babies,â€ she says of the trio, which has made appearances on two of Tiny’s three TV shows.
The show-biz entrepreneur is also busy overseeing the construction of a new full-service Atlanta beauty salon, since her original shop, Tiny’s Nail Bar, closed due to a fire around Labor Day.
“This next place is going to be much bigger and offer more services,â€ she promises of the pending spa-oriented salon. “We’re going to do hair and nails and basically offer anything a girl needs to look pretty,â€ she promises.
Tiny says she’s only able to keep all her business-related balls in the air because of how efficient her staff is.
“I have an accountant, a publicist and right now I’m looking for new management,â€ she says of her behind-the-scenes team, which is separate from her husband’s. “If your crew is right you it’s hard to go wrong.â€
Team cohesion is particularly important to Tiny right about now, particularly since her clique is about to inherit even more work.
“I’m working on my son Keith’s pajama line next,â€ Tiny says of her new fashion endeavors. “He’d stay in them all day, every day if he could,â€ she laughs. “Then I was thinking, well, why not just make identical adult pajamas so son’s can match their father’s?â€ she said. “Then everybody wins.â€