Spill the tea! Tiny Harris and the ladies of Xscape were among the hottest artists in the 1990s but compared to singer and songwriter R. Kelly; they were beginners.
Tiny’s daughter, Zonnique Pullins, recently did an interview with Slate where she shared a crazy story about the days when Tiny, Kandi Burruss, and the Scott sisters went on tour with the controversial R&B star from Chicago.
Zonnique revealed that the Xscape ladies were not allowed to see or make contact with Kelly.
The young diva revealed: “Anytime Pops tells me old stories, and it’s all his struggle stories and what he had to do to get to where he is and how he started in the ’hood and stuff. It’s always really crazy, like yeah and I went to jail and stuff like that.”
She added: “My mom tells me things like when she was on tour with R. Kelly and Xscape, how they couldn’t be in the hallway when R. Kelly would come out, where it’s like, oh, wow, it’s crazy that you were around for that time. She also has Tupac stories and stuff like that.”
She went on to say that as a little girl, she always knew her mother was famous and added: “For my mom, I always knew that she had something spectacular going on because my grandparents—and that’s who I pretty much stayed with and was raised by when my mom was out on the road—were just so infatuated with my mom. My grandfather, he was in a music group as well, so he would always on the way to school be like, “Have you heard this song your mom recorded?” and we’d have to listen to it the whole ride to school. I made music too, so I just wanted my grandpa to notice me, but he was always talking about my mom, so I was like, she has to be famous.”
She also spoke about T.I. in the interview and stated: “And then when we became a big family, I feel like when I noticed [my stepdad] was like famous famous—he would call me and be like, “I have someone who wants to talk to you,” and people who I would have a crush on, he’d have them on the other line. So I was like, OK, he’s famous.”
T.I.P. always played a significant role in Tiny’s daughter’s life; some find this impressive.