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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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Posting Sister's Cause of Death Inappropriate and Wrong

Earlier Thursday, we posted a story about T.I.'s sister, Precious Harris Chapman, and reported the Medical Examiner's official findings on her cause of death ... we were wrong to do… READ MORE >

Charges Dropped Against Woman T.I. Helped in Violent Houston's Incident

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Charges Dropped Against Woman In Houston's Incident, But

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- 16 days ago
T.I. Carries Nipsey Hussle Torch to U.S. Capitol

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Carries Nipsey Hussle's Torch ... To Most Powerful Dome in U.S. of A.

"Mr. Harris Goes to Washington" ain't a classic film but the purpose of T.I.'s trip to D.C. was classy ... to carry on the work of the late Nipsey Hussle. We got T.I. on Capitol Hill… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
T.I. Warns Kodak Black, 'You Get What You Give'

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Here's Some Advice ... You Get What You Give, Bro!!!

T.I. has a new warning for Kodak Black in the wake of his way-outta-line remarks about Lauren London -- karma's a bitch, young man ... but in a slightly more threatening tone. We… READ MORE >

- 66 days ago
T.I. Says Nipsey Hussle Was Murdered Due to Envy and Hate

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Nipsey Hussle's Murder A Case of Us vs. Us

Nipsey Hussle is dead because the gunman couldn't stand to see another person shining and leading his community by example ... so says T.I. Tip is clearly going through a ton of emotions… READ MORE >

- 76 days ago
T.I. Resumes Filming 'Family Hustle' Show After Death of Sister

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Resumes Filming 'Family Hustle' Show ... After Death of Sister

T.I. is back on set and ready to move forward with his show in the aftermath of his sister's tragic death. Sources connected to Tip tell TMZ ... he, Tiny and the rest of his family have resumed… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
T.I.'s Sister Precious Harris, Asthma Attack Triggered Car Accident

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Asthma Attack Triggered Accident ... Police Report Confirms

T.I.'s older sister, Precious Harris, had an asthma attack on the road, which led to her crashing her vehicle and, ultimately, losing her life. According to the Atlanta PD traffic accident report… READ MORE >

- 108 days ago
T.I.'s Sister Precious Harris Dead At 66

T.I.'s Sister Precious Harris
Dead At 66

T.I.'s older sister, Precious Harris, has died ... according to her daughter. Precious died Friday, just over a week after getting in a super serious car accident in Atlanta. Her daughter… READ MORE >

- 114 days ago
T.I. Adds Burberry to List of Fashion Brands to Boycott

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Adds Burberry to Boycott List ... These Aren't Coincidences

T.I.'s gonna be rocking nothing but tighty-whities soon -- and not high-end ones -- because he's adding Burberry to his fashion boycott list in response to its noose hoodie fiasco. Tip ripped the… READ MORE >

- 116 days ago
T.I. Halts 'Family Hustle' Production After Sister Lands in Hospital

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'Family Hustle' Production Halted ... After Sister Lands in ICU

T.I. and Tiny have zero interest in filming "Family & Hustle" without one of their own ... so they've shut down production following a bad car crash involving the rapper's… READ MORE >

- 118 days ago
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