American rapper T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. in St. Georgia, Atlanta. Back in his childhood, he was known as Tip, and he came to be known as T.I.P. This was an acronym for the "Ten Inch Playa". However, on signing with LaFace records, he shorted it to T.I. out of respect for his contemporary Q-Tip. T.I. is also famously known as the "Rubberband Man", and though he proclaims himself as the "King of the South", it has caused a lot of controversy with other southern rappers such Ludacris and Lil' Flip.
T.I. released his debut album, 'Im Serious', in 2001. This had a single also titled "Im Serious" and featured reggae singer Beenie Man. In spite of 'Im Serious' boasting of names like Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, Jazze Pha and ((YoungBloodz)), the album didn't do very well and this resulted in his label dropping him from their camp.
He then signed up with Grand Hustle Records and with the help of DJ Drama created a name for himself in the underground with several mixtapes. Following this, he next appeared in 2003 on Bonecrusher's song "Neva Scared". After this he released his second album, 'Trap Muzik'. This album did much better than 'Im Serious'.
'Trap Muzik's' success can be attributed to the popular singles of the album: "24s", "Rubberband Man", "Be Easy", and "Let's Get Away". However, the success was not untainted. On the tour of 'Trap Muzik', T.I. violated his probation over a drug charge in 2003, and consequently, he turned himself in. This led to his being sentenced to three years in prison. However, while in prison, he was granted permission to film a video for "Let's Get Away". 'Trap Muzik' was very successful and after this T.I. released 'Urban Legend' in 2004. 'Urban Legend' generated the hit single "Break 'Em Out".
His latest album, 'King', debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in April 2006 and sold more than 500,000 copies in its very first week. "Front Back" was released as a promotional track. Other singles off the album are "What You Know", "Why You Wanna", "Live In The Sky" and "Top Back". "Live In The Sky" was even more popular because it featured popular artist Jamie Foxx.
His new album, 'T.I. vs T.I.P', is due in 2007, and "Layin' Da Trap" featuring Young Jeezy is already a popular track. It builds on the sound of 'Urban Legend'.
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (born September 25, 1980 in Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia), better known by his stage name T.I., and also by his alter ego T.I.P., is a Grammy award winning American rapper, producer, actor, and co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records. In 2001 he released his debut solo album, I'm Serious through Arista Records. Since then he has released 2003's Trap Muzik, 2004's Urban Legend, 2006's King, 2007's T.I. vs. T.I.
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Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I. or T.I.P., is an American recording artist, film & music producer, and occasional actor. He is the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records.