own T.I. aka T.I.P. (born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.)
has been blessing the world of Hip-Hop since 2001
and the road to his success hasnt been an easy
journey for the average man to travel. The self-proclaimed
King has earned his crown and has also
taken his rightful position on the throne, as the
King of the South.
Harris was born and raised in Atlanta, GA; a cultural
melting pot of many business ventures and without
a doubt, T.I. has more than played his part in many
of these endeavors. T.I. started rapping at nine years
old but soon after, his life would put him on a track
nothing like any studio could ever produce. The drug
game was making a movie, casting calls were put into
play, a new star was born, his name was the Rubberband
Man he owned the streets of Bankhead and he was there
to stay. This way of life became a new playground
for the kid and by the age of 14, T.I. had been arrested
several times and school was no longer in the picture.
Even though T.I. was living a life in the streets,
he never gave up on rap because soon after Kawan "KP"
Prather, a record executive, discovered and signed
T.I. when he was a teenager. In 2001, T.I. was now
signed to Arista Records and from this Im
Serious debuted in October 2001. Im
Serious the single from the album, dropped June
2001 and received very little air play. Arista dropped
him from the label but this did not stop T.I. from
pursing his music career. If anything, that gave him
more insight on what to do next time around and in
the words of Frank Sinatra, T.I. Did It His Way.
Hustle Entertainment was formed in 2003 by T.I. and
Jason Geter. Today it operates as a subsidiary of
Warner Music Group, and is distributed by Atlantic
Records. In the beginning Grand Hustle released many
mixtapes with the assistance of in-house dj, DJ Drama
and from this the best was yet to come. Trap
Muzik dropped in August 2003 and the rap game
would never be that same but with T.I.s new
found fame. To follow up the platinum albums
success would be Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs. T.I.P.,
Paper Trail and No Mercy. In all, T.I. has recorded
7 studio albums and has been nominated for 144 awards
and has won a total of 61 awards, ranging from the
American Music Awards to the World Music Awards.
dropping several studio albums, T.I. would soon try
his luck in the game of acting, which would put him
in a completely new lane and a new level of fame.
Starring in the instant southern classic ATL,
he would blow critics away starring in his first movie
as well as being executive producer in this new venture.
More movie roles and t.v. appearances followed T.I.
and he never seems to let his fans down in his newest
career choice, which each role being more profound
than the last. Takers would be his most
preeminent role to date, starring along an all-star
cast, T.I. lit up the screen as if hes been
in Hollywood all his life. T.I. also has a night club
in Atlanta called Club Crucial that has also won a
Southern Entertainment Award in 2009 for Nightclub/Venue
of the Year.
The King is also an advocate for Communities and Children
that are in need due to lack of monetary gain. T.I.
helped assist Hurricane Katrina victims throughout
the southern coast; hes also provided scholarships
for single parent families and 200 bicycles to the
neighborhood kids of the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta.
In June 2005, T.I. was awarded the Lisa Lopez Award
for groundbreaking achievements in music and community
service by a music artist. T.I. has also landed several
endorsements during his very prosperous career all
ranging from body sprays, cars, liquor and social
networks. On June 29, T.I. was named Global Creative
Consultant of Rémy Martin Cognac; he also revealed
that he would be launching his own signature brand
of liquor in the near future. Even with all of T.I.s
triumphs, trails were soon to follow; the King is
currently serving 11 months in a federal penitentiary
located in Forrest City, Arkansas due to an arrest
in West Hollywood on September 1, 2010.
was currently on parole and this arrest was a direct
violation of the terms of his supervised release,
the judge ordered him not to commit another federal,
state or local crime during that period. He was also
ordered not to illegally possess a controlled substance.
Reports describing the initial arrest from the Associated
Press say T.I. and his wife, singer Tameka "Tiny"
Cottle, were pulled over during a traffic stop in
West Hollywood on the evening of September 1, 2010,
after "deputies smelled marijuana"
coming from their vehicle. T.I. was charged with possession
of ecstasy, associating with a convicted felon and
being under the influence of opiates. The couple was
released from jail early on the morning of September
2 on $10,000 bail each. This prompted T.I. to change
the name of his current album from King Uncaged to
No Mercy, an album of ballads telling his story of
his most recent tribulations. T.I. is due for release
on September 29, 2011 and he has vowed to never put
himself back in this kind of situation ever again
because he realizes that these types of issues take
a detrimental toll on his family and on his fans.
has come a long way from hustling in the mean streets
of Bankhead to hustling in corporate America So what
do you label a man who is a father, husband, musician,
actor, philanthropist and believer of God
because nothing else would suffice.