Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. or TI as he is better known is a multi-Grammy award winner who was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 25 September 1980.
He is a rapper, producer, author, actor and CEO with an estimated net worth of $50 million. This wealth is from his music, his acting, and his entrepreneurial ventures. His wealth is also a result of his endorsement deals with companies like Chevrolet, Axe Body Spray and the social networking website, StreetCred.com.
His love of entrepreneurship has seen him open a nightclub called Club Crucial. He has also released his own liquor brand and in 2008, TI launched AKOO (A King of Oneself), a men’s clothing line. TI has been listed in Forbes as one of the hip hop artists with the highest earnings.
TI started rapping at the age of 8. While selling mixtapes from the boot of a car with a friend, TI was discovered by Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment record label owner, Kawan “KP” Prather, who then signed him to his label.
Of the 9 albums that TI has released, 7 of them have gone platinum. Trap Muzik and Urban Legend sold 1 million copies each, T.I. vs T.I.P. sold over 1.5 million copies and Paper Trail hit an all record high of 2 million sales. His exposure has been helped by his joining Jay-Z’s music streaming service, TIDAL.
TI made his TV debut when he appeared in the popular TV show, The O.C. in 2005. Since then, he has acted in a number of movies and TV shows which include American Gangster, ATL, Boss and Takers.
TI Early Life and Family
TI was mostly brought up by his mother, Violeta Morgan, and his grandparents as his father, Clifford “Buddy” Harris, Sr. lived in New York City. His father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, later died. TI had one older sister, Precious who was a regular on his TV show. Precious died in February 2019 after being on life support for a week following a car crash.
TI attended Douglass High School but dropped out before graduating. In his song “Still Ain’t Forgave Myself” he mentions this and one cannot help but feel that he might actually have regretted the move. But that is just speculation.
When he started rapping, TI originally went by the nickname TIP, a name given him by his grandfather. Later in his music life, he changed his name to TI as a sign of respect for Q-Tip, with whom they shared a label.
TI Marriage and Children
TI dated Tameka “Tiny” Harris for 10 years and married her in July 2010. They have 3 children together; 2 sons and a daughter. In 2016, Tiny filed for divorce but it was called off in 2017.
Altogether, TI has 7 children: the 3 with Tameka, 2 sons with Lashon Dixon, a daughter from his relationship with Niko, an R&B singer, and a stepdaughter through his marriage to Tiny. The daughters are Deyjah, Heiress and Zonnique, and the sons are Domani, King, Major, and Messiah.
TI Awards and Achievements
TI has been nominated for 170 awards of which he has won 64. The awards include 3 Grammys, 11 music Billboard awards, 9 BET Hip Hop awards and 8 ASPCA R&B/Soul awards.
TI and the Law
By the age of 14, TI had been arrested several times for dealing drugs. In October 2007, just four hours before the BET Hip Hop Awards, TI was arrested and two charges were preferred on him, possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
He was sentenced to one year in prison and 1,500 hours of community service. TI only served a few months in prison and finished the rest of his term in a halfway house. He was released on probation.
In 2010, he violated his probation and was sentenced to 11 months in prison. Soon after, TI and his wife were arrested on drug charges. TI’s music career has narrowly escaped being affected by his many brushes with the law.
In 2018, TI was arrested and charged for being simple assault, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.
TI and Social Media
Through his social media platform and his music, TI openly supports the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
TI Nationality and Ethnicity
TI is an American citizen and holds a US nationality. His ethnicity is African American.
|Biography & Facts|
|Born:||25 September 1980|
|Profession:||Rapper and Actor|
|Net Worth:||$50 million|
|Hair Color:||Douglass High School|
|Height:||5ft 8in or 1.73 m|
|Married to:||Tameka “Tiny” Harris|
|Children:||7 (Deyjah, Heiress, Domani, King, Major, Messiah& Zonnique)|
|Education:||Douglass High School dropout|