It’s a growing question and concern for many parents with teenagers.
But it only gets media attention when someone famous is willing to bring it up.
And now this NFL Hall of Famer just called out his son’s gangster persona by pointing out one embarrassingly funny fact.
Super Bowl champion Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin recently questioned the desire for young men to “fantasize” about “ghetto life.”
Especially those who were not even raised in such a place.
Irvin even called out his own son for attempting to portray himself as a gangster rapper.
Irvin commented about the growing issue on Fox Sports’ Undisputed with his fellow NFL great Keyshawn Johnson.
The topic of discussion was pro basketball player Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies, who has been suspended multiple times by the NBA for wielding firearms on social media.
Irvin attempted to explain the incidents and the strange allure of so-called “thug life” on young athletes.
“You can’t be with people all the time; they’re running around,” Irvin began.
Irvin then implicated his own son, who is a rapper, for trying to “romanticize” his upbringing by making it sound worse than it really was.
“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?!'” Irvin explained.”‘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.”
Irvin causes a national conversation
Irvin’s comments sparked a massive response on social media.
And most of the comments were supportive of Irvin.
Michael Irvin went on live tv & says his son “tut Tarantino” is lying in all his raps 🤣 🤦🏽♂️
“You grew up in a gated community” pic.twitter.com/6LmjcOMygV
— SAY CHEESE! 👄🧀 (@SaycheeseDGTL) October 21, 2023
The top search result for Tut Tarantino on YouTube is a song called “Hit Pt. 2,” in which the young rapper talks about illegal drugs and assault rifles while in a ski mask.
Ever since Irvin’s pointed comments, the video’s comment section has been riddled with comments about how well-off the rapper allegedly is.
“That’s the nicest [drug] house I’ve ever seen in my life,” one commented.
Another user wrote, “[T]his brings a whole new meaning to Fake it til you make it.”
But as if those comments weren’t enough, Irvin went on, “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.”
This isn’t the first time Irvin has spoken about his son’s lyrics.
In 2019, the Hall of Famer spoke out on the Dan Patrick Show.
“He raps about some of the hardest stuff in the world,” Irvin said about his son, whose real name is reportedly Elijah.
“I say to him, ‘Son, you grew up in a 20,000 square foot, gated community! Where does this stuff come from?'” Irvin said. “I worked hard to get you out of this, and you’re rapping right back to it.”
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