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Tip "T.I." Harris Biography

Birth Name:
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.
Birth Place:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Rapper, actor, producer, author, entrepreneur

Fast Facts

  • Began rapping at the age of 9
  • Dubbed "the Jay Z of the South" by Pharrell Williams
  • Changed his stage name from T
  • I
  • P
  • to T
  • I
  • to distinguish himself from another Arista Records artist named Q-Tip, after signing a record deal with the label at the age of 19
  • In 2001, released his debut album, I'm Serious, which featured production by the Neptunes on four tracks
  • Was dropped from Arista Records and subsequently formed his own label, Grand Hustle Records
  • Joined Reverend Al Sharpton and rapper Ja Rule for an anti-gun violence march in Harlem following his conviction of a gun-related crime
  • Published two fiction novels, titled Power & Beauty and Trouble & Triumph: A Novel of Power & Beauty
  • In 2012, discovered rapper Iggy Azalea and signed her to his record label
  • Expanded Grand Hustle Entertainment to include enterprises such as film production and a clothing brand, Grand Hustle Gang