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T.I.

Rapper, songwriter, author, and producer T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta. He divided his time growing up between his mom’s, dad’s, and grandparent’s homes and when he was 17 his dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. T.I. used to go by the name Tip and is also nicknamed Rubber Band Man, which originated from wrapping rubber bands around money during his drug dealing days. Some of his albums are “Trap Muzik,” “T.I. vs. T.I.P.,” and “King,” for which he won a Grammy for the single “What You Know.” He’s appeared in the films “Identity Thief,” “Takers,” “American Gangster,” and “ATL” and the Showtime series “House of Lies.” T.I. wrote the novels “Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets” and “Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty.” He’s known for collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, and Robin Thicke. T.I. also has a clothing line called Akoo.


T.I. is involved in a major copyright infringement lawsuit, along with Williams and Thicke, for their song “Blurred Lines,” which Marvin Gaye’s family claims infringes on “Got to Give It Up.” A judge ruled in favor of the Gaye family in March 2015 in the amount of $7.4 million, but it was later reduced to $5.3 million. The three musicians appealed the decision.


After his friend Philant Johnson was shot and killed at a nightclub fight, T.I. was arrested for possessing unregistered machine guns and silencers and served a year in prison. In October 2010, T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison for violating the terms of his probation after getting arrested on suspicion of possession of Ecstasy.


T.I. married wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, a member of the group Xscape, in 2010 and filed for divorce in December 2016, but the pair may reconcile. They have three children together—Clifford “King” Joseph, Major Philant, and Heiress Diana. He is also the father of Deyjah with ex Ranniqua, Domani and Messiah with ex Lashon Thompson, and stepdad to Tiny’s daughter Zonnique. The family’s shenanigans are documented on VH-1’s “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.”

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T.I. Says Guard Cursed Out Tiny, Refused to Provide His Name Before Calling Cops

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That Guard Cursed Out My Wife!!! But I Didn't Try to Fight Him

T.I. says the security guard who called cops on him went off on Tiny over the phone, and escalated an already tense situation by refusing to give up his name. T.I. tells TMZ ... the guard at his… READ MORE >

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Butts Heads With Cop in Jailhouse Vid

T.I. was adamant he didn't deserve to be arrested for an incident with the security guard at his gated community, because he was just trying to ask the guy some questions ... according to… READ MORE >

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T.I. Came Looking for a Fight with Security Guard According to Police Report

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He Came Looking for a Fight ... According to Police Report

T.I. was ready to fight the security guard who gave him grief when he tried to enter his own gated community ... this according to the police report. According to the report, the security guard… READ MORE >

- 35 days ago
T.I. Says Security Guard Was Sound Asleep, Tiny Even Called to Give Thumbs-Up

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Guard Was Asleep on the Job!!! Tiny Told Him to Let Me In

The security guard who called cops on T.I. was hardly woke ... according to the rapper, who says the guy was sleeping like a baby when he pulled up to the guard shack.  T.I.'s… READ MORE >

- 35 days ago
T.I. Arrested in Georgia for Assault, Public Drunkenness

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Arrested for Assault, Drunkenness ... Argued with Security Guard

8:52 AM -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... T.I. was, in fact, allowed into his gated community after an initial argument with the guard, but then returned on foot shortly afterward to… READ MORE >

- 35 days ago
T.I. Throws Shade on Brian Grazer's Gucci Mane Biopic

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I Turned Down Grazer for Biopic!! But, Good for Gucci Mane?

T.I. is tired of setting the record straight about his record in trap music, which probably explains why he's shading mega producer Brian Grazer's planned biopic on Gucci Mane. We… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
T.I. is Confused by Kanye's Actions But Defends His Intentions

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Kanye's Baffling Me, But I Know One Thing ...

T.I.'s having a hard time understanding what's going on with Kanye West, but he's willing to give him the benefit of the doubt -- for now -- for one major reason. We got Tip at LAX Wednesday and… READ MORE >

- 49 days ago
ATL Falcons Going to Super Bowl with Calvin Ridley, Says T.I.

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Falcons Going to Super Bowl ... Mark That Down, Now!

The NFL season is still 4 months away ... but T.I. is already making his Super Bowl prediction -- Atlanta Falcons, baby!!!! The rap legend was at Studio Space in Atlanta when we started talking… READ MORE >

- 50 days ago
Meek Mill To Be Released from Prison

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To Be Released From Prison Free Man Within Hours!

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- 57 days ago
T.I. Calls for Starbucks Boycott After Black Men Arrested in Philadelphia

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Calls for Boycott on Starbucks ... After Outrage in Philly

T.I. says the only way to get Starbucks' attention is to hit 'em where it hurts most -- their pockets -- after 2 black men were treated unequally in Philadelphia. We got the rapper at LAX… READ MORE >

- 65 days ago
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