Black Music Month: Celebrating T.I.
Few rappers can claim the same crossover success as Clifford “T.I” Harris, while still maintaining a credible street edge. The rapper, actor, author, entrepreneur and family man has been at the forefront of Hip-Hop culture for almost fifteen years.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the 33-year old father of a blended family of six had his first breakthrough with the release of his album I’m Serious in 2001. Since then, he’s gone on to drop eight studio albums, including the highly successful T.I. v. Tip and Paper Trail. But despite the success of his music, it’s been T.I. diverse career and his troubles with the law that have given him his edge. With some impressive acting roles under his belt in film, and both scripted and reality TV, T.I. has managed to raise his profile in the industry. In 2007, however, he was arrested and felony weapons charges and was sentenced to a year in 2009. After a plea bargain, T.I. served a ten month jail sentence and had to pay a $250,000 fine.
After being released from prison, T.I. proved that he could clean up his image, as he continued to focus on his career. Where style is concerned, T.I. represents the Southern street culture that has dominated Hip-Hop over the last ten years.
T.I. is also the CEO of his own Grand Hustle record label. He has been instrumental in the success of other artists such as Iggy Azalea and B.o.B., who he signed to his label.
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