Grammy Awards winner, T.I. is an American rapper and actor who has released five platinum hip-hop albums. T.I.’s sixth album ‘Paper trail’ is one of the most successful albums to date and debuted at number one has sold over 5 million copies over the word. He signed his first major-label record deal with Arista subsidiary LaFace in 1999. In his professional career, he has released several hit single albums including ‘Bring Em Out,’ ‘Whatever You Like,’ ‘Live Your Life’ featuring popular artists like Eminem, Rihana, Young Jeezy and many more. He also starred on his own reality show ‘T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.’
Rapper T.I. has an estimated net worth of $50 million as of 2018.
He earns mostly from his musical career and tours. He has released several hit albums and singles which were sold over millions of copies worldwide. Besides, his professional career, he makes considerable money through movies, endorsement deals and his own reality show ‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle.’
T.I. First signed a contract with Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment after he released mixtapes along with friends. Later Clifford shortens his name from Tip to T.I. after he signed with Arista Records. T.I. released his first debut album ‘I’m Serious’ in 2001. The album reached at 98 on the Billboard 200 and sold 268,000 copies in the US to date. Due to his poor commercial reputation, T.I. was dropped from Arista Records. Then he founded a record label along with his longtime partner ‘Grand Hustle Entertainment’ and released several mixtapes. Then T.I signed a joint venture with Atlantic Records.
T.I. released his second album ‘Trap Muzik’ and got positive reviews from the most music critics and debuted at number 4 on Billboard 200, selling 110,000 copies in its week. It was the first album of T.I which certified platinum by RIAA, and to date, the album has sold over 1 million copies in the USA. The third studio album ‘Urban Legend’ released in 2004 including hit singles, Bring Em Out, U Don’t Know Me, ASPA.
T.I.’s fourth album, King, the top spot on the Billboard 200 and sold 522,000 copies. As of 2006, the album sold over a million copies in the USA and also nominated with a total of three nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance and Grammy Award for Best Rap Song for the smash hit single “What You Know.” T.I. released his fifth album ‘T.I. Vs. T.I.P.’ featuring Eminem, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and Nelly in 2007.
His 2009’s album ‘Paper Trail’ is the most successful and highest sales to date and certified two-times platinum by RIAA. The album debuted on top of the Billboard 200 and sold over 2 million copies in the USA and 3.4 million across the world. In 2013, he signed a deal with Columbia Records. After he released Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, he met Sony who offered him $50 million.
In the same year, he featured on Robin Thicke’s Lead single ‘Blurred Lines’ which became a worldwide hit and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 single. Some of his notable albums and singles are Paperwork, Bankroll Mafia, No Mercy, That’s All She Wrote, Here Ye Hear Ye, Fuck Da City Up, Spend It and many more.
Apart from rapping, T.I. is quite active as an actor. He debuted as Rashad in the first movie ‘ALT’ which released in 2006. The other cast members included Antwan Patton, Evan Ross, Jason Weaver, Lauren London, Mykelti Williamson, and Keith David. The movie grossed a total of $21.2 million. In 2010, he starred in action crime thriller film ‘Takers’ which debuted at number one in American box office and grossed $20 million on its opening.
He also co-starred on Marvel’s film ‘Antman’ and Entourage movie also appeared in many TV shows.
Rapper T.I. earns extra income from his endorsements and other business ventures. He had an endorsement with Chevrolet to promote their latest cars in 2007, but he lost his deal with the company after he got arrested for federal gun charges.
Later, he owned a website named SteetCred.com in 2007 which was invested by banker Rocky D. Williform along with Diddy, Lil Kim, and Young Jeezy. In 2008, the website was temporarily shut down. T.I. lost his endorsement deal with Axe body spray when he was arrested or drug possession.
In May 2012, he invested his money in a social marketing app named Yopima. He has endorsed brands like Club Crucial. Camps Sports, and many more.
Rapper T.I. is a philanthropy and has been involved in many charitable work and causes. He has done many charity works with different charities and foundation such as Citizens Trust Bank, 100k Opportunities Initiatives, The Love of Our Fathers, Veterans Empowerment Organization and many more. Moreover, he has founded his own foundation called K.I.N.g.
In early 2005, T.I. purchased a home in the Champions Park, Atlanta for $830,000. The area of the house covers 5,446 square-feet which have five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a large swimming pool.
Rapper T.I. has always seen cars as an extension of a man’s personality. He purchased a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme for $800 at the age of 14. He drives an exclusive car like a Rolls-Royce Ghost, Range Rover, and a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. He has also got a Ferrari 599 GTB and an awesome Dodge Challenger. The rapper caught on Vevo where he showed his cars collection.
T.I. gifted a new car to his wife, Tameka Cottle on her 43rd birthday and a slew of presents in July 2018. Tiny shared a video on her Instagram with a caption. She wrote,
“Thank you so much Mr. Harris @troubleman31 for showing up on MY ACTUAL birthday & showing out! I really really love this car & all the other nice gifts & I just wanted to tell u how thankful I am.”
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Thank you so much Mr. Harris @troubleman31 for showing up on MY ACTUAL birthday & showing out! I really really love this car & all the other nice gifts & I just wanted to tell u how thankful I am. Regardless of whatever, you have done more for me & showed me more love than most will ever have a man to do/give in a lifetime & I appreciate you for that! By the way I’m having an amazing birthday! Thank you to everyone who made this day a special one!! ?????❤️ #714 #CancerSeason #17yrsWorth
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr was born on 25 September 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia to Violeta Morgan and Clifford Harris. His grandmother raised him and had spent most of the time of his childhood with her. When he was young, his father died of Alzheimer’s diseases. He is of Cherokee descent and holds American nationality.
Clifford attended Douglass High School, but later he dropped out to pursue his career in music. He began rapping at the age of 8, and his childhood nickname was ‘Tip.’ In early teenage, he was indulged in drugs. Clifford was a troublesome child and has sent to jail several times for selling drugs. His love for rap music kept him strong through the tough times. By the time, he turned into 16 and began making mixtapes with the help of his friends.