T.I. and Tiny Share Joy Over Baby No. 7 and Secret to Making Marriage Work

01/07/2016 at 08:00 PM ET

T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle are expecting a new baby — and making must-see reality TV in the process.

“It’s going to add to a house of madness,” Tiny, 40, tells PEOPLE exclusively of the upcoming birth. “A new baby is something we haven’t had in seven years — it’s going to be a little chaotic.”

Adds her rapper husband, 35: “It’s definitely going to stink the house up a little bit! But in the end, all additions make the family closer and better.”

TI and Tiny
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The Atlanta-based couple, whose show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle returns to VH1 later this year, still have months to go before the arrival of their third child together and seventh addition to their blended family.

“I haven’t had any morning sickness, and the baby’s been moving a lot,” the former Xscape singer says. “I’m having a good second trimester so far.”

Tiny announced her pregnancy in an Instagram video on Christmas Day. “Merry Christmas! Thank you to my family for my wonderful gifts,” the pregnant matriarch said in her adorable clip.

“But most of all thank you for our new heir to the throne. This is the best Christmas gift you could’ve ever gave me.”

True to form, T.I. is already cracking jokes about the child’s future as a rapper. “The baby’s dropping a mix tape on Feb. 14 called ‘For the Love of Everybody,’ ” he quips. “It was recorded from the belly. Y’all gonna need some special headphones, which we will also provide. You all can look forward to that!”

For more on T.I. and Tiny’s next chapter — including the one thing they’d never show on reality TV — pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

When the couple isn’t preparing for their baby in 2016, T.I. says they will focus on “staying together, staying friends, being understanding of one another and continuing to care.”

Their secret to a loving home life and thriving marriage of nearly six years: putting family first.

“What you can’t do is bring yourself down with the details of what’s going on in the world,” he explains. “You have to worry about what’s going on in your house.”

— Nick Maslow

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Mamaofgirls on

I think it’s great that they’re having a baby, and I’m glad that they’re excited. But come on People, no one wants marriage advice from people who have been married six years!

Mia on

Congrats to T.I. and Tiny. Can’t wait to know what the name is going to be.

Megan on

Of course they haven’t had a new kid in 7 years. He’s been in jail for some of that…

Anonymous on

It’s hilarious how people are so supportive of a couple who’ve been involved in drugs and other illegal activities and served jail time having their 7th child BUT then call the Van Der Beek’s “bible bashers” and making comments about “having no tv” when they announced baby number 4 on the way. Double standard much?

Congratulations TI & Tiny.

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