Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.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.
T.I. or T.I.P Early life and career beginnings T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Riverdale, Atlanta, Georgia, the son of the late Clifford “Buddy” Harris Sr. and Violeta Morgan.He was raised by his grandparents in Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia. His father lived in New York and he would often go up there to visit him. His father suffered from Alzheimer’s and later died from the disease.T.I. began rapping at age seven.He attended Douglass High School, but later dropped out. As a teenager, he was a drug dealer.He was once known as Rubber Band Man, a reference to the custom of wearing rubber bands around the wrist to denote wealth in terms of drugs or money.By age 14, he had been arrested several times.He was nicknamed “Tip” after his paternal great-grandfather.Kawan “KP” Prather, a record executive, discovered and signed T.I. when he was a teenager.Upon signing with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records in 2001, he shortened his name to T.I. out of respect for label mate Q-Tip.
T.I. has been in a relationship with former Xscape member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle since 2001.The couple married on July 30, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida.Together, they have two sons: Clifford “King” Joseph Harris III, born August 25, 2004,and Major Philant Harris, born May 16, 2008.Their daughter Lelah Amore Harris was stillborn on March 22, 2007, six months into a complicated pregnancy.
In addition, T.I. has two sons with ex-girlfriend Lashon Dixon: Domani Uriah, born in 2000, and Messiah Ya’Majesty, born in 2001. T.I. also has a daughter named Deyjah Imani, born in 2001, from another relationship.
Through his marriage to Cottle, T.I. has one step-daughter, Zonnique Pullins, born in 1996 to Cottle and Zonnie Zebo Pullins.