Once described as "the Jay-Z of the South," R&B artist, actor and all-around entrepreneur T. I. was no stranger to success, or to the seemingly predestined pitfalls that so often come with the tumultu...
|American Gangster (2007)||Actor||Stevie Lucas||2007||1|
|T.I.'s Road to Redemption (2007-2008)||Actor||n/a||N/A||1|
|BET Awards '07 (2005-2006)||Actor||Performer||N/A||1|
|The 2006 MTV Video Music Awards (2004-2005)||Actor||Music Performer||N/A||1|
|NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (2007-2008)||Actor||Performer||N/A||1|
|BET Awards '10 (2008-2009)||Actor||Performer||N/A||1|
|The 2006 MTV Movie Awards (2004-2005)||Actor||Presenter||N/A||1|
|The All Out Fall Out||Actor||Himself||1|
|VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2004-2005)||Actor||n/a||N/A||1|
|BET Hip-Hop Awards (2005-2006)||Actor||n/a||N/A||1|
|The 20th Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards (2004-2005)||Actor||n/a||N/A||1|
|VH1 Hip Hop Honors (2006-2007)||Actor||Performer||N/A||1|
|The 2006 Billboard Music Awards (2005-2006)||Actor||Winner||N/A||1|
|BET Hip Hop Awards 2008 (2007-2008)||Actor||Presenter||N/A||1|
|2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South (2008-2009)||Host||Presenter||N/A||1000058|
|BET Awards '07 (2005-2006)||Actor||(Best Hip Hop Artist)||N/A||1|
|T.I.'s Road to Redemption (2007-2008)||Executive Producer||n/a||N/A||3000007|
|2006 BET Awards (2004-2005)||Performer||Music Performer||N/A||8000016|
|Dance Flick (2009)||Song||("Swing Ya Rag")||2009||8000046|
|Dance Flick (2009)||Song||("Big Things Poppin' (Do It)")||2009||8000118|
|Dance Flick (2009)||Song Performer||("Swing Ya Rag")||2009||8000136|
|ATL (2006)||Song||("What You Know")||2006||8000142|
|ATL (2006)||Song||("Ride Wit Me")||2006||8000148|
|Dance Flick (2009)||Song Performer||("Big Things Poppin' (Do It)")||2009||8000158|
|Step Up 3-D (2010)||Song||("Got Your Back")||2010||8000178|
|ATL (2006)||Song Performer||("What You Know")||2006||8000204|
|ATL (2006)||Song Performer||("Ride Wit Me")||2006||8000205|
|Step Up 3-D (2010)||Song Performer||("Got Your Back")||2010||8000233|
|T.I.'s Road to Redemption (2007-2008)||Development Executive||Developed by||N/A||11000016|
|Appeared in action crime film "Takers"|
|Starred on MTV reality series "T.I.'s Road to Redemption"|
|Sixth studio album Paper Trail debuted at No. 1 on Billboard|
|Cast in supporting role opposite Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster"|
|Signed contract with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records|
|Breakout album Urban Legend featured hit single "Bring 'Em Out"|
|Cast opposite Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief"|
|Featured with family on VH1 reality series "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle"|
|Released second album Trap Muzik under his own label Grand Hustle Records|
|Released debut album I'm Serious|
|Made feature film debut in urban drama "ATL"|
Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. was born on Sept. 25, 1980 in Atlanta, GA. While growing up, his grandfather nicknamed him "Tip," which inspired his first stage name: T.I.P. He was seven years old when he first heard hip-hop. By 19, T.I. had already landed a major record deal. In 2001, he signed with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records, the proven label that had launched mega-selling girl group TLC in the 1990s. Out of respect for fellow labelmate and influential rapper, Q-Tip, the young star shortened his stage name to T.I. He released his first album I'm Serious in 2001. The first single, also titled "I'm Serious," featured reggae star Beenie Man. Even though the work of producers like Williams, Jazze Pha and Youngbloodz appeared on the album, T.I.'s initial record sales fell below expectations, with less than 300,000 copies sold. Not surprisingly, he was dropped by Arista. Even without his label's support, T.I. rose above the situation, releasing underground mix tapes and ghostwriting for fellow hip-hop star Bow Wow, for the latter's 2003 album Unleashed.
Hip-hop and rap fans received his second album Trap Muzik much more enthusiastically. Released in 2003 under T.I.'s own label, Grand Hustle Records, Trap Muzik went platinum and garnered T.I. a strong buzz in the music industry for the first time. He won his first award for the song "Rubberband Man" at the 2004 Vibe Awards. T.I. followed up his lucky streak with another album in 2004, Urban Legend, which put the Southern rapper on the map, especially with the song "Bring 'Em Out." Jay-Z appeared on the song, because T.I. used a sample of "What More Can I Say" from the legendary rapper's Black Album. In 2005, T.I. also lent his skills on the Destiny's Child hit song "Soldier," along with rapper Lil' Wayne.
The year 2006 proved to be the highlight of T.I.'s career. He received two Grammy Award nominations - Best Song Collaboration for "Soldier" and Best Rap Solo Performance for "U Don't Know Me." He released his fourth album, King that same year, watching it debut at Number One on the charts. The singles "Ride with Me" and "Front Back" pushed the album's strong sales. The music success, no doubt, helped promote T.I.'s bourgeoning acting career. He was cast in the movie "ATL" as an orphaned high school senior, co-starring along with Lauren London, Andre Patton, and Mykelti Williamson in the urban drama. "ATL" grossed $11.5 million during its opening weekend. Unfortunately, controversy followed T.I.'s career as much as fame and fortune. In 2004, the rapper went behind bars in Cobb County, GA for violating probation. In 2006, T.I. was arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant from the state of Florida. He was released on bail shortly after being arrested. Other members of the hip-hop community had also come under fire from T.I.'s verbal attacks. He relished his ongoing rivalries with rappers Ludacris and Lil' Flip.
Perhaps the biggest news involving T.I. happened on May 3, 2006. Four members of the rapper's entourage were shot after leaving a club in Cincinnati, OH. T.I.'s personal assistant and best friend Philant Johnson was killed by the gunfire. Another member, Janice Gillespie, was seriously wounded. The event definitely left a temporary taint on an otherwise promising career in Hollywood. T.I. received a handful of Grammy nominations in 2007, for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song ("What You Know"), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("My Love"), and Best Rap Album for King. Even though music was his first love, T.I. continued his acting career with full force. He filmed alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe - two of Hollywood's heaviest-hitters and Academy Award-winning actors, both - in "American Gangster" (2007). With Washington and Crowe onscreen and "Gladiator" (2000) director Ridley Scott behind the camera, the biopic on Harlem heroin kingpin Frank Lucas seemed a surefire hit and the film to put T.I. firmly on the in-demand list of rapper-turned-actors.
Riding high on his multi-front success, the summer of 2007 also saw the release of T.I.'s fifth studio album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Then came the beginning of the fall for the young rapper, when T.I. pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges in early 2008, stemming from an arrest the year prior. Even as he waited to learn the extent of his prison sentencing, T.I. wrote and recorded what the MC described as his "comeback album," Paper Trail, another No. 1 hit, which also earned T.I. a Grammy for his duo with Jay Z on the chart-topping single "Swagga Like Us." After filming his cautionary reality series "T.I.'s Road to Redemption" (MTV, 2009), the unbowed rapper began his prison stint in May 2009. He was released nine months later in March 2010 and quickly released another album No Mercy - named in reference to his prison sentencing - later that year.
Seemingly making up for lost time, T.I. executive-produced and took on a supporting role as the duplicitous "Ghost" on the crime thriller "Takers" (2010) alongside fellow R&B star Chris Brown and seasoned actors like Matt Dillon and Idris Elba. Buoyed by the success of that project, he then launched a reality show, "T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle" (VH1, 2011- ), chronicling the personal journey of himself and his wife after his release from prison. The industrious T.I. also added novelist to his many credits in 2011 with the publication of Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets, an urban romantic drama penned with the help of frequent collaborator David Ritz. Further expanding his acting résumé, he picked up a recurring role during the second season of the acclaimed cable series "Boss" (Starz, 2011- ), a political drama starring Kelsey Grammer, on which T.I. played a former gangbanger with designs on city hall.
|Tameka Cottle||Wife||Began dating 2001; Married July 30, 2010|
|LaShon Dixon||Companion||No longer together|
|Dehjah Harris||Daughter||Born 2001; mother, Ms. Niko|
|Llayah Harris||Daughter||Died at stillbirth March 21, 2007; mother, Tameka Cottle|
|Zonnique Harris||Step-Daughter||Born 1996 to Tameka Cottle and Zonnie Zebo Pullins|
|Domani Harris||Son||Born 2001; mother, LaShon Dixon|
|Messiah Harris||Son||Born 2000; mother, LaShon Dixon|
|Clifford Harris||Son||Born August 2004; mother, Tameka Cottle|
|Federal agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested T.I. in Atlanta, GA on Oct. 13, 2007, the day he was due to appear at the BET Hip Hop Awards. The rapper was was nominated for nine awards, more than any other artist. It was reported that the arrest came as he took delivery of three machine guns and two silencers a bodyguard purchased on his behalf. T.I. was convicted of a drug offense in 1998 and was prohibited from owning or buying firearms. He was later sentenced to an undefined prison sentence, a year of house arrest, and 1,500 hours of community service.|
|On March 27, 2009, T.I. was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $100,300 for federal weapons charges; T.I. had his sentence reduced from a maximum 10 years and a $250,000 fine with a plea bargain. On May 26, 2009, T.I. began serving his sentence in Forrest City, AK. He was released on Dec. 22, 2009 and was moved into a halfway house in Atlanta.|
|Police arrested T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle in California on Sept. 1, 2010 after they were allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance. Despite successfully intervening in a stranger's potential suicide attempt only days before his sentencing, T.I.'s probation was revoked and he was ordered back to prison for 11 months by a federal judge on Oct. 15, 2010. He was released from prison in Aug. 2011 and transported to a halfway house to serve the remaining 30 days of of his sentence. T.I. was sent back to prison in September 2011 because officials believed the rapper's manager and TV producers were on the bus with him (reportedly discussing a reality show and book deal) while on the way to the halfway house.|
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