T.I. has released seven studio albums (I’m Serious, Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs. T.I.P., Paper Trail, and No Mercy) with the most recent five being highly successful on the commercial market.
T.I. – Born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr
- Born : Riverdale, Georgia
- Date of Birth : September 25, 1980
- Married to Tiny (of Xscape)
T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Riverdale, Georgia, the son of the late Clifford “Buddy” Harris Sr. and Violeta Morgan. He was raised by his grandparents in Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia. His father lived in New York and he would often go up there to visit him. His father suffered from Alzheimer’s and later died from the disease. T.I. began rapping at age nine. He attended Douglass High School, but later dropped out. As a teenager, he was a drug dealer. He was once known as Rubber Band Man, a reference to the custom of wearing rubber bands around the wrist to denote wealth in terms of drugs or money. By age 14, he had been arrested several times. He was nicknamed “Tip” after his paternal great-grandfather. Kawan “KP” Prather, a record executive, discovered and signed T.I. when he was a teenager. Upon signing with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records in 2001, he shortened his name to T.I. out of respect for label mate Q-Tip.
T.I. released his debut album, I’m Serious, in October 2001 through Arista Records.The album spawned the eponymous single, which featured Jamaican reggae entertainer
Beenie Man. His debut single, “I’m Serious,” was released on June 26, 2001. The single received little airplay and failed to chart. The album included guests appearances from Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes (who called him “the Jay-Z of the South”), Jazze Pha, Too Short, Bone Crusher, Lil Jon, Pastor Troy, P$C and YoungBloodZ. The album featured production from The Neptunes, DJ Toomp, Madvac, and The Grand Hustle Team. Despite the album’s guests appearances and production team, the album peaked at number 98 and only sold 163,000 copies in the United States.
Critics pointed to the fact that many of the tracks sounded the same and that a few were blatant rip-offs. Other critics commented saying, “T.I. claims to be the king of the South, but fails to show and prove. He does, however, have potential. If his talent ever matches his confidence, he may be headed for stardom.
Due to the poor commercial reception of the album, T.I. was dropped from Arista Records. He then formed Grand Hustle Entertainment and started releasing several mixtapes with the assistance of DJ Drama. He resurfaced in the summer of 2003 with fellow Atlanta rapper and former label-mate Bone Crusher’s song “Never Scared.” His mixtapes and mainstream exposure from “Never Scared” eventually recaptured major label attention and he signed a joint venture deal with Atlantic Records
T.I. has been in a relationship with former Xscape member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle since 2001. The couple married on July 30, 2010
in Miami Beach, Florida. Together, they have two sons: Clifford “King” Joseph Harris III, born August 25, 2004, and Major Philant Harris, born May 16, 2008. Their daughter Lelah Amore Harris was stillborn on March 22, 2007, six months into a complicated pregnancy.
In addition, T.I. has two sons with ex-girlfriend Lashon Dixon: Domani Uriah, born in 2000, and Messiah Ya’Majesty, born in 2001. T.I. also has a daughter named Deyjah Imani, born in 2001, from another relationship.
Through his marriage to Cottle, T.I. has one stepdaughter, Zonnique Pullins, born in 1996 to Cottle and Zonnie Zebo Pullins.
[img src=http://www.hiphoplegacies.com/profiles/wp-content/flagallery/t-i/thumbs/thumbs_t-i-1.jpg]quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris poses for a portrait while promoting the show "T.I.'s Road To Redemption" in New York February 2, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)[img src=http://www.hiphoplegacies.com/profiles/wp-content/flagallery/t-i/thumbs/thumbs_t-i_-_prison_.jpg]
Rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris poses for a portrait while promoting the show "T.I.'s Road To Redemption" in New York February 2, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)[img src=http://www.hiphoplegacies.com/profiles/wp-content/flagallery/t-i/thumbs/thumbs_ti_single_banner_300x250_1317937026.gif]