T.I. LIFE AND CAREER TIMELINE:
T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia. He also goes by T.I.P. and Rubber Band Man due to his former association as a dope-boy, and T.I.P., his alter ego.
His original stage name, "T.I.P.", stems from his childhood nickname Tip. Due to his southern drawl, fans mistook his name for "Chip", so he began spelling it out "T.I.P." 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. He is also known to go by "Rubberband Man".
He is the leader of a rap group known as P$C (Pimp Squad Click). His debut album I'm Serious was released through Arista Records in 2001, which spawned the single of the same title which featured reggae vocalist Beenie Man. Since then T.I. has released multi-platinum albums, been nominated for, and won, various awards including winning two Grammy's, MTV VMA's, and many more. Despite his success in the music industry T.I. hasn't been able to kep out of trouble with the law which has plagued his career so far, read through our timeline for a step by step guide to how T.I. became one of the biggest rap artists since he broke onto the seen in 2000.
25th September 1980: Rapper T.I., also known as "Tip" Harris, or "T.I.P." and 'King of the South' was born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. on September 25, 1980 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Early 2001: T.I. signs with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records in 2001, he shortened his name to T.I. from T.I.P. out of respect for label mate Q-Tip.
9th October 2001: T.I. released his debut LP I'm Serious. The album has sold around 568,000 copies making it his lowest-selling album to date. T.I. was dropped from the label due to poor sales.
2003: T.I. formed Grand Hustle Records with his longtime business partner Jason Geter. Grand Hustle Records is an Atlanta, Georgia-based record label which is distributed by Atlantic Records.
19th August 2003: T.I. released his second solo LP "Trap Muzik" through his own Grand Hustle Records. The album featured guest appearances by 8Ball & MJG, Bun B and production by Jazze Pha, Kanye West, and David Banner. T.I.'s Trap Muzik album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 selling an impressive 109,000 copies on its first week
August 2003: While on tour, T.I. was charged with violating his probation over a 2003 drug charge, and turned himself in. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison. While there, he was granted rights to film the music video for "Let's Get Away", the fourth single released from T.I.'s album Trap Muzik. T.I. was released from prison in 2004.
December 2003: Trap Muzik was certified gold.
9th November 2004: T.I. released "Bring Em Out", the first single from T.I.'s upcoming third album Urban Legend and became T.I.'s first crossover hit, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was produced by Swizz Beatz and written by T.I.. The song was featured extensively during the 2006 NBA Finals as the theme song for the Miami Heat during player introductions.
30th November 2004: T.I. releases his third album Urban Legend. The album featured guest artists such as Trick Daddy, Nelly, Lil' Jon, B.G., Daz Dillinger, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, P$C, and Lil' Kim with production by Swizz Beatz, Daz Dillinger, Shorty B, Lil' Jon, Scott Storch, Jazze Pha, The Neptunes, and Mannie Fresh. T.I.'s Urban Legend topped the Billboard R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart and also the Top Billboard Rap Albums chart and instantly generated crossover success with the hit single "Bring Em Out."
December 2004: T.I. could be heard on Ashanti's LP Concrete Rose on the track "Still Down." T.I.'s Urban Legend LP was certified gold.
March 2005: Urban Legend album was certified platinum.
May 2005: The single "Bring 'Em Out" taken from the album Urban Legend was certified gold.
June 2005: The Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Foundation, named for the deceased member of multi-platinum female group TLC, and Atlanta's V-103 honored T.I. with the 2005 Lisa Lopes Award for groundbreaking achievements in music and community service which was court ordered.
July 2005: T.I. produced the Hustle & Flow soundtrack and lent vocals to the Lil' Jon-produced track "I'm A King" with P$C and Lil Scrappy. The soundtrack has sold over 300,000 copies.
August 2005: T.I. was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video for the single "U Don't Know Me".
November 2005: T.I. was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album with his album Urban Legend.
December 2005: T.I. could be heard on The Notorious B.I.G. LP Duets: The Final Chapter on the track "Breakin' Old Habits".
February 2006: T.I. was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Solo Rap Performance for the single "U Don't Know Me", and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his performance on the single "Soldier" with Destiny's Child and Cash Money rap artist Lil' Wayne.
28th March 2006: T.I. released King, his forth solo album. King debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart selling 522,000 copies in its first week. It became Atlantic Records' best-selling album in 15 years. T.I. released his promo-singles "Front Back" and "Ride Wit Me" before the album's release date. The singles had small attention, but it helped promote the album and his debut movie ATL. King has earned numerous awards and nominations including a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards, but lost to Release Therapy by Ludacris.
April 2006: King was certified platinum.
May 2006: T.I. hit the Top 40 with the single "What You Know" taken from his album, King.
August 2006: T.I. was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best Rap Video ("What You Know").
September 2006: T.I. hit the Top 40 helping out Justin Timberlake with "My Love" from Timberlake's album FutureSex / LoveSounds. T.I. hit the Top 40 helping out Young Dro with "Shoulder Lean" from the LP Best Thang Smokin'.
October 2006: T.I. hit the Top 10 helping out Justin Timberlake with "My Love."
November 2006: T.I. was nominated for 2 American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album with his album 'King'. T.I. topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Pop 100 chart, Pop 100 Airplay chart, Hot 100 Airplay chart, and Hot Digital Songs chart and hit #1 for 5 weeks helping out Justin Timberlake with the single "My Love."
December 2006: T.I. topped the Billboard Year-end Charts as the Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Artist - Male (singles & albums). T.I. topped the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart helping out Justin Timberlake with "My Love." T.I.'s single "What You Know" was certified gold.
February 2007: T.I. won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Solo Rap Performance with his single "What You Know" and also Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his apprearance on the Justin Timberlake track "My Love", and was nominated for Best Rap Album with his album King, but T.I. lost to Release Therapy by fellow rapper Ludacris.
April 2007: T.I. hit the Top 40 helping out R. Kelly and T-Pain with "I'm A Flirt" from R. Kelly's LP Double Up.
May 2007: T.I. topped the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart helping out R. Kelly and T-Pain with "I'm A Flirt."
June 2007: T.I. hit the Top 40 with "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)." T.I. took home a BET Award for Best Hip-Hop Artist. T.I.'s second solo album, Trap Muzik, was certified platinum.
2nd July 2007: T.I. released his fifth album "T.I. Vs. Tip". The album was released a day earlier in the UK than in the USA (2nd July). Guests include Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Eminem, Wyclef Jean, and Nelly.
July 2007: T.I. topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 2 weeks, Top Digital Albums, Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and Top Rap Albums chart with his T.I. Vs. Tip album. The LP nearly went gold in its first week of sales alone as it sold over 468,000 copies it first week of release in the US. The album received mostly lukewarm reviews, however, it has been nominated for a Grammy.
August 2007: T.I. Vs. Tip album was certified platinum.
September 2007: T.I. was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Male Artist of the Year. T.I.'s singles "Why You Wanna" and "Top Back" were certified gold.
13th October 2007: Federal authorities arrested T.I. four hours before the BET Hip-Hop Awards he was due to attend. He was charged with two felonies — possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. T.I. was arrested after allegedly trying to purchase the guns from a "cooperating witness" with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
26th October 2007: T.I. walked out the courthouse in downtown Atlanta after posting a $3 million bond, $2 million in cash and $1 million in equity on property he owns. The rapper must remain at home except for medical appointments and court appearances. The only people allowed to live with him are his girlfriend and children.
2nd November 2007: T.I. appeared in the film American Gangster along with fellow rappers Common and RZA and was also featured on the films soundtrack. In its opening weekend in the United States and Canada, American Gangster grossed $43,565,115, placing first in the weekend box office. American Gangster is estimated to have grossed a worldwide total of $265,856,292.
November 2007: T.I. won for 2 American Music Awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Male Artist and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album with his album T.I. vs T.I.P.
December 2007: T.I. could be heard on the Wyclef Jean LP Carnival II: Memoirs Of An Immigrant on the track "Slow Down." T.I. topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Videoclip Artist and with the Top Videoclip track "Big Shit Poppin' (Do It)".
February 2008: T.I. was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance for his single "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)", Best Rap Song (awarded to the songwriter) also for the single "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)" with Byron Thomas and also Best Rap Album for his "T.I. Vs. T.I.P." LP.
March 2008: T.I. pleaded guilty to federal weapons possession charges. He will be required to complete over 1,000 hours of community service and will also receive some jail time.
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