T.I. is an American rapper, with an estimated net worth of $55 million.
Born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. on September 25, 1980 in Riverdale, near Atlanta, Georgia. He is a rapper, actor and producer of American films and music that began his career in the early 2000s.
He was raised by his grandparents in the Bankhead ghetto in Atlanta. His father lived in New York and visited him regularly. The latter suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and later died of the disease. He is also the cousin of singer Ciara.
T.I. starts rapping at the age of nine. He studied at the Douglass High School in Atlanta but dropped out. As a teenager, he became a drug trafficker, and from that time he still has his nickname “The Rubberband Man,” which means “the elastic man,” a reference to the custom of wearing elastics around the wrist and then passing them around money gained through drugs. At the age of 14, he underwent his first arrest.
After more than 10 years in a relationship, he married his companion, Tameka Cottle, in Miami, on July 31, 2010 in front of numerous guests including the famous Jamie Foxx, Marjorie Clinton, Usher, Rihanna, Nelly and Nicki Minaj. He also has 6 children of 3 different women: Domani, Messiah, Deyjah, King and Major. The last two are from his present wife. The latter has a daughter named Zonnique who, despite the denials of her mother, would have been adopted.
Originally called T.I.P (Ten-Inch-Playa, nickname given by his grandfather), he decided at the beginning of his career to shorten his stage name out of respect for Q-Tip, a member of the band A Tribe Called Quest.
Originally from Bankhead, one of the most dangerous places in Atlanta, T.I has never hidden his past as a dealer. He finally launches into rap and released his first album on October 9, 2001 on Arista Records. Despite the appearances of reggae singer Beenie Man on the first single I’m Serious, Jazze Pha, Young Bloods and especially Pharell Williams (who named him for the occasion “Jay-Z of The South,”) Album is not a big success and causes his label to drop him.
He then focuses on the mixtapes market thanks in particular to DJ Drama to create an underground buzz and creates his own record label, Grand Hustle Records.
He attracts attention after releasing his second album Trap Muzik which included the singles 24’s, Be Easy, Rubber Band Man, and Let’s Get Away.
After his second album, Trap Muzik, sold more than 900,000 copies in the United States, T.I. released Urban Legend in late 2004. The album was immediately successful thanks to the hit “Bring’Em Out.” The track, which is produced by Swizz Beatz from the Ruff Ryders, is a sample, for Jay-Z‘s “What More Can I Say”, appearing on The Black Album. On Urban Legend, we get appearances by Trick Daddy, Nelly, Lil ‘Jon, B.G., Mannie Fresh, Daz Dillinger, Lil’ Wayne, Pharrell Williams, P $ C and Lil ‘Kim. The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard 200. In early 2005, T.I collaborated with Destiny’s Child on their “Soldier” track, which also includes Lil ‘Wayne.
His most successful album to date, King, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 on April 4, 2006, selling over 520,000 copies in the first week. It has since been certified double platinum.
Over the years, T.I. has expanded his business. In 2005, he launched his own film production company called Grand Hustle Films, and signed many artists on his label Grand Hustle Records. He also co-produced the soundtrack for Hustle & Flow. He did the same for the first album of his group P$C, 25 To Life and composed the soundtrack of the film ATL.
His album T.I. Vs T.I.P. with the huge single “Big Things Poppin” was released on July 3, 2007, and sold 468,000 copies the first week. This is one of his most controversial albums.
Marked by the death of his friend Philant Johnson (during a shooting, during which TI was also targeted), his wife’s miscarriage and his arrest for weapons possessions, he finally decides to release his sixth album Paper Trail on September 30, 2008. In three months, it had already sold 1,522,000 units in the United States and ranked fourth in all album sales for that year.
Well off to be his biggest success and perhaps the biggest hip-hop album of the year, the album was mostly launched by the two hit singles “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life” with Rihanna.
With his prison term approaching its end, TI announces his return with the likely release of a new single entitled “I’m Back”, the first opus of his next album planned for next August, Already.
On October 13, 2007, the FBI arrests T.I., 6 hours before the BET Hip-Hop Awards. He was in possession of 3 unregistered weapons and 2 silencers. The arrest took place in a parking lot of a shopping mall which is located at the corner of North and Piedmont avenues. Harris was arrested after allegedly trying to buy the weapons from his bodyguard.
Clifford Harris left Atlanta Prison after paying a $3 million bond but remains on house arrest. He can not leave his home in Georgia and, while awaiting the judgment, he must carry an electronic device to track him.
In March 2008, he was sentenced to 1000 hours of community service. He will then have to be incarcerated to serve a sentence of 1 year and one day in prison. His imprisonment will begin May 26, 2009 in Forrest City, Arkansas. It is mentioned in the single Hell of a Life, in which the video shows the rapper going to prison; At the end of the clip, we see a calendar on which the number 26, the first day of his sentence, is crossed out. He was scheduled to be released on 26 May 2010 but was released in March 2010 for good behavior.
He was finally reconvened on October 15, 2010 to 11 months in prison for failing to respect his probation period. He was arrested in possession of various drugs in Los Angeles.
More recently in 2016, he has opened a strip club located in his native Atlanta, Georgia called V Live and joined a subscription-based streaming service called TIDAL as an artist owner.