CLIFFORD JOSEPH HARRIS JR. (born September 25, 1980 ), known professionally as T.I. and TIP (often stylized as TIP), is an American rapper and actor from Atlanta, Georgia . Harris signed his first major-label record deal in 1999, with Arista subsidiary LaFace . In 2001, Harris formed the Southern hip hop group P , alongside his longtime friends and fellow Atlanta-based rappers . Upon being released from Arista, Harris signed to Atlantic and subsequently became the co-chief executive officer (CEO) of his own label imprint, Grand Hustle Records , which he launched in 2003. Harris is also perhaps best known as one of the artists who popularized the hip hop subgenre trap music , along with Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane .
Harris has released nine studio albums , with seven of them reaching the top five of the US _Billboard_ 200 chart. Throughout his career, Harris has also released several highly successful singles , including "Bring Em Out ", " Whatever You Like ", "Live Your Life " (featuring Rihanna ), " Dead and Gone " (featuring Justin Timberlake ), " Ball " (featuring Lil Wayne ) and " No Mediocre " (featuring Iggy Azalea ). Harris began to gain major recognition in 2003, following his first high-profile feature, on fellow Atlanta-based rapper Bone Crusher 's hit single, " Never Scared ". Harris earned more prominence with the release of _ Trap Muzik _ (2003), which includes the Top 40 hits, " Rubber Band Man " and "Let\'s Get Away ". The next year, Harris appeared on Destiny\'s Child 's international hit, "Soldier ", alongside Lil Wayne. His subsequent albums, _King _ and _ T.I. vs. T.I.P. _, generated high record sales and were supported by popular singles, such as " What You Know " and "Big Shit Poppin\' ", respectively.
Harris' sixth album, _ Paper Trail _ (2008), became his most successful project, with the album being certified gold for first-week sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States, additionally making it his third consecutive number one album. In 2013, Harris was featured on Robin Thicke 's hit single " Blurred Lines ", alongside Pharrell Williams , which peaked at number one on several major music charts. In November 2013, Harris announced that he had signed with Columbia Records , after his 10-year contract with Atlantic came to an end. He released his Columbia Records debut, _Paperwork _, in October 2014. In February 2016, Harris announced he signed a distribution deal with Roc Nation , to release his tenth album. Harris has won three Grammy Awards , namely Best Rap Solo Performance , Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration .
Harris has served two terms in county jail , twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge. While serving 11 months in prison, he released his seventh studio album, _No Mercy_ (2010). Harris has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films _ATL _, _ Takers _, _ Get Hard _, _ Identity Thief _, and _Ant-Man _. He is also a published author, having written two novels _Power & Beauty_ (2011) and _Trouble & Triumph_ (2012), both of which were released to moderate success. Harris has also starred in the American reality television series _T.I.\'s Road to Redemption _ and _ T.I. "> Mug shot of T.I.
T.I. released his second album _ Trap Muzik _ on August 19, 2003 through Grand Hustle Records ; it debuted at number four and sold 109,000 copies in its first week. It spawned the singles "24s ", "Be Easy ", " Rubberband Man " and "Let\'s Get Away ". The album features guest appearances from 8 Ball and was produced by Jazze Pha, Kanye West , David Banner , Madvac and DJ Toomp . Upon its release, _Trap Muzik_ received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who generally regarded it as a major improvement over his debut album, _I\'m Serious _. This included _Complex _ naming the album one of the classic albums of the last decade in 2012. on February 20, 2013 allhiphop.com placed it as #5 as the best southern hip-hop album of all time. In March 2004, a warrant was issued for T.I.'s arrest after he violated his probation of a 1997 drug conviction. He was sentenced to three years in prison . While imprisoned in Cobb County, Georgia , he filmed an unauthorized music video . One month later, he was allowed a work release program.
T.I. was on probation stemming from a 1998 conviction for violating a state controlled substances act and for giving false information. After being released on probation , he earned a litany of probation violations in several counties around Georgia for offenses ranging from possession of a firearm to possession of marijuana . In 2006, after appearing in an Atlanta court on (May 10) and having charges that he threatened a man outside a strip club last year dropped for lack of evidence, T.I. was arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant from Florida. The warrant claimed that T.I. did not complete the required number of community service hours he was sentenced for a 2003 battery of a female sheriff deputy at University Mall in Tampa . T.I. was detained by several mall Security Guards at the time of the incident. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, the rapper's attorney said that the problem was nothing more than a "technical matter" between Georgia and Florida . The confusion arose because T.I. was also sentenced to community service in Georgia for driving with a suspended license, for which he did complete 75 hours of community service in his home state. The rapper was released on bail shortly after being arrested, and was expected to surrender to Florida state authorities the following week to resolve the matter.
T.I. released his third studio album, _Urban Legend _, in November 2004. It debuted at number seven on the US _Billboard_ 200, selling 193,000 copies in its first week. The album's lead single , "Bring Em Out ", which was produced by Swizz Beatz , was released in January 2005 and became T.I.'s first top ten hit, peaking at number nine on the US _Billboard_ Hot 100 , while the second single "U Don\'t Know Me " peaked at number twenty-three on the US _Billboard_ Hot 100. His third single "ASAP " reached number 75 on the US charts, number 18 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop charts and number 14 on the Rap chart. T.I. filmed a dual music video for "ASAP" and "Motivation". However, "Motivation" only made it to number 62 on the US R"> T.I. at the Summer Jam concert in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania on July 23, 2006.
In September 2005, T.I. teamed up with his Pimp Click (P$C) cohorts, Big Kuntry King , Mac Boney , C-Rod and AK , to release P$C's debut studio album, _25 to Life _. The album, which was preceded by several self-released mixtapes by P$C, peaked at number 10 on the US _Billboard_ 200 chart. The album was supported by the lead single "I'm a King", which was also included on the soundtrack to the film _Hustle & Flow _, a collection also released by T.I.'s label imprint Grand Hustle, under the aegis of Atlantic Records.
T.I.'s fourth album, _King _, debuted at number one on the _Billboard_ 200 chart in the first half of 2006, selling 522,000 copies in its first week. T.I. released " Front Back " and "Ride with Me" as promotional singles prior to the release of the album. The singles garnered little attention. The album's lead single "What You Know ," became a hit in the U.S. and helped promote not only the album, but also _ATL ,_ the film T.I. starred in that coincided with the album's release. The album also spawned the singles, "Why You Wanna ," " Live in the Sky ," and a remix of " Top Back ," which was also included on the Grand Hustle compilation album _Grand Hustle Presents: In da Streetz Volume 4 ._ _King_ earned numerous awards and nominations including a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album . He was also featured on newly signed Grand Hustle artist Young Dro 's debut single " Shoulder Lean ", which reached the top ten on the U.S. Hot 100 and #1 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks .
"What You Know" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance and was nominated for Best Rap Song at the 49th Grammy Awards . Also that year, T.I. collaborated with Justin Timberlake for "My Love ," which proved to be a worldwide hit, and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Timberlake at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards and also won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist at the BET Awards for the second straight time. He then served as a featured performer on "We Takin\' Over " by DJ Khaled also featuring Akon , Fat Joe , Rick Ross , Birdman and Lil Wayne .
In 2006, T.I. received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Song Collaboration ("Soldier" w/ Destiny\'s Child & Lil Wayne) and Best Rap Solo Performance for "U Don't Know Me" at the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony. That same year he won Rap Artist of the Year, Rap Album Of The Year, Rap Album Artist Of The Year, Rap Song Artist of the Year and Video Clip Artist of the Year on the Billboard Music Award and Best Male Hip-Hop Artist on the BET Awards .
2007: _ T.I. VS. T.I.P._ AND FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGES
Main article: T.I. vs. T.I.P.
T.I. released his fifth album, _ T.I. vs. T.I.P. _, on July 3, 2007. The lead single from the album was "Big Shit Poppin\' (Do It) ," which was produced by Mannie Fresh and was released to radio stations on April 17, 2007. The second single, " You Know What It Is " featuring Wyclef Jean , was released June 12, 2007. _ T.I. vs. T.I.P._ sold 468,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan , and debuted at number one on the _Billboard_ 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was T.I.'s second chart-topper in a row: _King _ opened at number one on the Billboard 200 with 522,000 copies in late March 2006. The album included guest performances from Jay-Z , Busta Rhymes , Wyclef Jean, Nelly , and Eminem , and production by Eminem, Jeff Bass , Mannie Fresh, Grand Hustle , The Runners , Just Blaze , Wyclef Jean and Danja . Absent from this album's production lineup was T.I.'s longtime producer DJ Toomp and The Neptunes. In October 2007, T.I. released his third single, "Hurt ," featuring Busta Rhymes and Alfamega.
On October 13, 2007, federal authorities arrested T.I. four hours before the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. He was charged with two felonies — possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers , and possession of firearms by a convicted felon . The arrest was made in the parking lot of a downtown shopping center, which a witness identified as the Walgreens drug store at the corner of North and Piedmont Avenues. T.I. was arrested after allegedly trying to purchase the guns from a "cooperating witness" with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives . According to federal officials, the witness had been cooperating with authorities a few days prior to the T.I. arrest, when the cooperating witness was arrested on charges of trying to purchase guns from a federal agent . The witness had been working as T.I.'s bodyguard since July, authorities said. T.I. walked out of the Atlanta United States District Court after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman on October 26, 2007. Judge Alan J. Baverman required T.I. post a $3 million bond, $2 million in cash and $1 million in equity on property he owns. The rapper was required to remain at home except for medical appointments and court appearances. The only people allowed to live with him were his girlfriend and children. Visitors were required to be approved by the court.
2008–09: _PAPER TRAIL_ AND PRISON SENTENCE
Main article: Paper Trail
T.I.'s suppression hearing was scheduled for February 19, 2008. The performer later pleaded guilty to U.S. federal weapons charges. He was sentenced to an undefined prison sentence, a year of house arrest and 1,500 hours of community service . In an interview with MTV about serving prison time, T.I. stated, "Presumably, while I'm there, I'll be able to strategize my comeback." He went on to say that he would not "just be sitting still doing nothing". At that time T.I. collaborated with Mariah Carey on the "I\'ll Be Lovin\' U Long Time " remix, peaking at number 58 on the U.S. Hot 100 and number 36 on the Hot R codecs="vorbis"" data-title="Original Ogg file (66 kbps)" data-shorttitle="Ogg source" data-width="0" data-height="0" data-bandwidth="65802" /> T.I.'s second single from his sixth studio album Paper Trail_. -------------------------
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While under house arrest , T.I. began writing lyrics down on paper for his following album. The first official single from the album, titled "No Matter What ," was released in April 2008. The music video was released on June 2008 on MTV's FN Premieres . The official lead single was " Whatever You Like ," released in July 2008, and became his most successful single of his career so far, breaking the record for the highest jump to number one on the _Billboard_ Hot 100, jumping from number 71 to number one and also becoming T.I.'s first solo number one on the chart. The third single was " Swing Ya Rag " which featured vocals and production from Swizz Beatz . T.I. released his sixth album, _ Paper Trail _, in September 2008. The title of the album refers to the lyrics he had written down on paper. Like many other rappers, T.I. abandoned this style of rapping after his debut album _I\'m Serious _ by just memorizing lyrics. His representative explained that T.I. wanted to "take more time to really put something down ". The album debuted at number one on the _Billboard_ 200 selling 568,000 copies in the United States.
The second single from the album, " Swagga Like Us ", featuring Kanye West , Jay-Z and Lil Wayne , debuted and peaked at number five on the _Billboard_ Hot 100. With the third single "Live Your Life " featuring Rihanna , T.I. broke his own record on the _Billboard_ Hot 100 when it jumped from number 80 to the number one. The fourth single "Dead and Gone ", featuring Justin Timberlake , peaked at number two for five weeks on the _Billboard_ Hot 100, eventually going on to be nominated during the 52nd Grammy Awards for both "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" and "Best Rap Song". During the 51st Grammy Awards , he was nominated for four Grammy Awards, eventually winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo Or a Group for " Swagga Like Us ". "Remember Me ", featuring Mary J. Blige , was released digitally on July 7, 2009. It was the planned first single from the re-release of T.I.'s sixth studio album, "Paper Trail", but the re-release was eventually shelved. The single peaked at number 29 on the _Billboard_ Hot 100. On October 6, "Hell of a Life " was released digitally and went on to peak at number 54 on the _Billboard_ Hot 100. In 2009, T.I. appeared as himself on an episode of _Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List _. On the episode, he took the comedian to Roscoe\'s House of Chicken and Waffles in LA and gave her a lesson on how to "swagger." T.I. in 2009.
On November 21, 2008, T.I. testified in the murder trial of a member of his entourage and a close friend, Philant Johnson (1980–2006), who was murdered in a shooting that occurred after a post-concert party at a club in Cincinnati. T.I. has dedicated several songs to Johnson, from the single version of " Live in the Sky " to his more recent hit " Dead and Gone " where Johnson's grave can be seen in the video.
On March 27, 2009, U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. sentenced T.I. to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $100,300 for federal weapons charges; T.I. had his sentence reduced from a maximum 10 years and a $250,000 fine with a plea bargain . On May 26, 2009, T.I. began serving his sentence in Forrest City, Arkansas . Two days prior to being imprisoned, T.I. performed a farewell concert at the Philips Arena in Atlanta , Georgia . T.I. was released from FCC Forrest City on December 22, 2009 and was moved into a halfway house in Atlanta . T.I. had the Federal Bureau of Prisons ID 59458-019 and was released from CCM Atlanta on March 26, 2010. After his release from prison, he was subjected to an audit of his finances, drug counseling, DNA testing , and random searches of his property.
2010–11: _NO MERCY_ AND DRUG CHARGES
Main article: No Mercy (T.I. album)
On March 26, 2010, T.I. was released from the halfway house . Soon after his release he was in the studio working on his seventh studio album titled _King Uncaged_. Jim Jonsin , the producer who previously worked with him on his single, "Whatever You Like" and R "Got Your Back " which featured American R the move was somewhat controversial due to its title, with many feeling he was insulting the Mixtape format. T.I. has addressed the issue by stating that it was a response to all the people who told him to just focus on an album and not on a mixtape. T.I. further defended his decision to release a mixtape by saying: "I already have 60, 70 songs. A lot of these songs are period pieces that speak volumes to what's going on right now. If I hold onto them next year or the year after, they'll be dated, because my life will be in another direction. If I'm not gonna put it on the album — and they all can't make the album — then they might as well have another platform to present it to the world".
On September 1, T.I. and his wife Tiny were arrested for drug charges. The arrest for drug charges led to T.I. being sentenced on October 15, 2010 to 11 months in prison for violating the terms of his probation, specifically for possessing ecstasy, testing positive for opiates and associating with a convicted felon, namely his P cohort C-Rod . On October 25, the drug charges against T.I. were dropped.
Following his arrest, T.I. scrapped _King Uncaged_ as the title for his seventh studio album and renamed it _No Mercy _, due to his new prison sentencing. He then released the lead single from the newly titled album, "Get Back Up " featuring Chris Brown, on the same day that he was sentenced back to prison for violating the terms of his probation. "Get Back Up" peaked at number seventy in the US. On November 1, T.I. reported back to the Forrest City Federal Facility to serve his 11-month sentence. His date of release was set to be September 29, 2011.
_No Mercy_ was released on December 7, 2010. The album peaked at number four in the US and it sold over 159,000 copies in its first week. RIAA certified _No Mercy_ Gold with over 500,000 copies sold. His second and final single from the album was "That\'s All She Wrote " his second collaboration with Eminem , and was released on December 19, peaking at number eighteen in the US.
T.I. was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance for "I'm Back" and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (Fancy with Drake and Swizz Beatz) at the 53rd Grammy Awards . He was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best Hip Hop Song of the Year for "Got Your Back" and he earned three BET Hip Hop Awards nominations for Hustler of the Year, Made You Look Award, and Best Club Banger for "Hello Good Morning".
In early June 2011, T.I. said in a letter: "I'll be releasing a record in the near future (couple of weeks tops) to hold y'all over til I get back in action." On June 30, 2011, a new song was released onto T.I.'s official website and on his official YouTube channel – titled "We Don't Get Down Like Y'all", which features fellow Grand Hustle rapper B.o.B on the hook. While commenting on the song, T.I. said in another letter; "It's a song that I did soon after my release last time. What inspired me to write this record was the differences in how we do us and how they do them suddenly became incredibly evident in just a very short period of time." It was originally only available on Atlantic Records 's online store. The song was available on iTunes and other vendors, such as Spotify on August 9 and it peaked at number seventy-eight in the US.
On August 31, T.I. was released from Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas at 7:29 a.m. and was sent to a community living facility to serve out the rest of his 11-month prison sentence. He then released a statement on Twitter saying: "The storm is over & da sun back out. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!" T.I. inked a deal with VH1 for a new reality show that will follow him as he re-adjusts to life as a free man after the incarceration and he also announced he working on a novel entitled, _Power & Beauty_ which was set to be released in October. He was sent back to federal custody on September 1, less than 48 hours after his release due to a dispute involving T.I. taking a luxury bus from a prison in Arkansas to a halfway house facility in Atlanta. T.I.'s attorney, Steve Sadow, told the Associated Press that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has moved T.I. to a different facility and clarified that the dispute was not drug related. T.I. was later released from prison and was sent back to the halfway house, where he was released on September 29, at midnight.
2011–13: _TROUBLE MAN: HEAVY IS THE HEAD_
Main articles: Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head and G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die)
On September 30, 2011, T.I. released "I\'m Flexin\' ", the first promotional single from his upcoming eighth studio album. The song features vocals and production from Big K.R.I.T. T.I. reunited with Young Jeezy on "F.A.M.E. " for Jeezy's album _ TM103 _. "I'm Flexin" peaked at number sixty-six on Billboard Hot 100, while "F.A.M.E." peaked at number sixty-seven on Billboard Hip Hop/R&B. On October 18, T.I. made appearances on The Howard Stern Show and The View to promote his new novel, _Power "Spend It" by 2 Chainz , "Sleazy " by Kesha , " Niggas in Paris " with Jay-Z and Kanye West , "Hard White (Up in the Club) " by Yelawolf also featuring Slaughterhouse , " Ima Boss " by Meek Mill alongside a freestyle over Drake 's "Headlines ", and Lil Wayne 's " She Will ". He was also featured on southern rapper Future 's second single "Magic", taken from his debut studio album _Pluto _, which was the first song he hopped on after his release from prison according to Future.
T.I. revealed the title of his eighth studio album to be _Trouble Man _. The title was partly inspired by Marvin Gaye 's 1972 song of the same name , he revealed on _Billboard _. In a previous interview with _ Rolling Stone _; he said he was debating between two titles, _Trouble Man_ and _Kill the King_. The third promotional single "Pyro", was released on November 21. On December 5, his new reality show "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle " premiered on Vh1 at 9p after the first full episodes were leaked onto the internet.
In preparation for the album, T.I. released a mixtape entitled, _Fuck da City Up_ on New Year's Day. Two songs off the mixtape charted on the _Billboard_ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , "Popped Off", featuring vocals and production from Dr. Dre and "This Time of Night" featuring Nelly , respectively.
While on set for the "Strange Clouds " music video, MTV interviewed B.o.B and confronted him of a rumor that he and T.I. are working on a collaborative album. B.o.B responded: "The joint album, it actually started as a joke. Tip would always refer to me as 'the Martian', and in one of his lyrics, he said, 'It's the man and the Martian,' and we said, 'Man that could be an album title.' We kinda just played around with it. But it seems to be taking form in a very organic way." On December 1, 2011, B.o.B appeared on New York City 's Hot 97 radio station and confirmed that he and T.I. are indeed working on a collaborative album titled _The Man and the Martian_.
On March 1, 2012, T.I. announced he signed Iggy Azalea , Chipmunk and Trae Tha Truth to Grand Hustle Records . He was executive producer on Azalea's debut extended play _Glory _ and was featured on her debut single "Murda Bizness", which premiered March 26, 2012. On March 30, T.I. released a snippet of " Love This Life ", _Trouble Man'_s promotional single, produced by Mars of 1500 or Nothin'. The song was officially released on April 2, where the song peaked at number eight-one in the US.
T.I. joined singer Sean Kingston for his new single "Back 2 Life (Live It Up) ". He shot the video for the track, which also sampled Soul II Soul 's 1989 chart-topping hit "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) ". The song peaked at number fifty-two in Canada. During his visit to Angie Martinez 's radio show, he revealed that the album will be released on September 4. He recorded collaborations with Trey Songz and Usher . _"It's just a dope, dope collabo". "Usher and Tip, two Atlanta natives,"_ Rico Love told Rap-Up.com. _"This time I finally feel like they got a record that's gonna be a humongous hit."_ T.I.'s VH1 reality show _ T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle _ was renewed for a second season, which aired on September 3. T.I. released another promotional song off _Trouble Man_ on May 15, entitled "Like That". T.I. appeared on Trey Songz's second single off his album _Chapter V _ titled " 2 Reasons ". The song peaked at number forty-three in the US. Another promotional single off _Trouble Man_, entitled " Go Get It " was released on July 17. The song peaked at number seventy-seven and number eighty-six in Canada.
In September, T.I. appeared on _ 106 & Park _ to promote his book "Trouble & Triumph", a sequel to his previous novel "Power & Beauty". During his visit, he announced a new release date for his album set for December 18. He revealed that the album will feature collaborations from Pharrell, André 3000 , CeeLo Green , R. Kelly , Lil Wayne, and ASAP Rocky . He also stated that he's working on a women's clothing line from A.K.O.O. He later released a new song "Trap Back Jumpin'", which he premiered during his visit on Angie Martinez's radio show. On October 9, 2012, T.I. was featured on the annual BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, alongside his Grand Hustle artists Iggy Azalea , B.o.B , Chip and Trae tha Truth .
A song titled " Ball ", was released on October 16, as the lead single from his upcoming eighth studio album. The song featured fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and was produced by American record producer Rico Love , alongside Earl & E. The song peaked at number fifty in the US and number fifty-eight in the Canada. On October 23, he previewed twelve tracks from the album at its listening party in New York City , and also revealed their titles. The tracks previewed feature artists such as Kendrick Lamar .
In the following month, T.I. leaked the illustrated cover art from his newly named album entitled, _Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head _ along with the track list and a few newly added features from the album. T.I. explained, "I think it's a lot more urban than _Paper Trail _, and less apologetic than _No Mercy _. I think it's more diversified than _ T.I. vs. T.I.P. _ though. It's got a lotta heart, it's got a lotta edge. It's a creative album. It's probably harder than most of the shit that's coming out right now." "Sorry" featuring Andre 3000 was released as the fifth promotional single via iTunes on November 27. "Sorry" peaked at number 36 on the Hot R"> T.I. performing in 2014.
In a July 2013 interview, with Power 98 FM, T.I. spoke on his then-upcoming album, _ Trouble Man II: He Who Wears the Crown_. While he didn't reveal many album specifics, he did promise a project that would make whoever decides to distribute the album very "happy": "I've been working on this one since the last one dropped. I haven't decided exactly where I'm going to take yet as far as a company for distribution, but wherever I take it, there's going to be some happy people in that building." In September 2013, T.I. was featured throughout Lil Wayne's twelfth solo mixtape _ Dedication 5 _. On September 1, 2013, it was revealed that T.I. would be featured on American pop star Lady Gaga 's album _ARTPOP _, on the song "Jewels n' Drugs", alongside fellow American rappers Too Short and Twista . Another pop star, Britney Spears , later announced T.I. would appear on her song "Tik Tik Boom", from her eighth studio album _Britney Jean _ (2013). T.I. was also featured on British singer Cher Lloyd 's single "I Wish ", which was released in September 2013.
On November 22, 2013, T.I. announced that he had signed a deal with Columbia Records , to release his upcoming ninth studio album. T.I. later clarified the deal is solely for his ninth album. T.I. revealed he recruited Pharrell Williams, who was influential in his move to Columbia, to executive produce the LP, with plans to release the album in early 2014. In December 2013, T.I. revealed although he had originally planned to release _ Trouble Man II_, since getting into the studio with the album's executive producer, Pharrell Williams, he had a change of heart. He stated: "Since we started working on the project and the project started has taken a different shape, I think we're going to postpone that title. We're gonna rework that. I got a couple of things in mind." He still plans to release the sequel to _Trouble Man_, however, he said: "All I'ma say is, it's gonna be a motion picture, it's gonna be a theatrical-worthy title. Something that will definitely seem instant classic. I'm thinking something like 'Trap Champion', 'Paperwork,' but whatever it is the subtitle will be 'The Motion Picture'." On December 16, 2013, it was reported that T.I. decided to name it _Paperwork _.
On May 9, 2014, T.I. released a music video for a song titled "Turn It", in promotion for _Paperwork_. On June 3, 2014, T.I. released a song titled " About the Money ", via digital distribution. The song, which serves as the first single from _Paperwork_, features up-and-coming Atlanta-based rapper Young Thug . The music video for "About the Money", directed by T.I. and Kennedy Rothchild, was released on June 2, 2014. On June 17, 2014, T.I. release the second single from _Paperwork_, a song titled No Mediocre , which was produced by West Coast hip hop producer DJ Mustard and features a guest verse from his then protege Iggy Azalea . Since its release "No Mediocre" reached number 33 on the Hot 100 chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
On August 20, 2014, one day after speaking out on America in his online treatise about Ferguson, Missouri , in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown , T.I. released a new song titled " New National Anthem ." The song, which features vocals from American singer-songwriter Skylar Grey , includes socially conscious lyrics centered on racism and injustice. On September 23, 2014, _Paperwork_ was made available for pre-order with "New National Anthem" as the "instant gratification track". Also on September 23, the official audio for "New National Anthem" was released via T.I.'s official VEVO account.
T.I.'s ninth album _Paperwork_, was released on October 21, 2014,. Upon its release, the album debuted at number two on the US _Billboard_ 200 , with first-week sales of 80,000 copies in the United States. _Paperwork_ received generally positive reviews from music critics . At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 69, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 10 reviews.
On March 11, 2015, T.I. released a single titled "Project Steps". On March 24, 2015, T.I. announced his tenth album would be titled _Trap's Open_. In a June 2015 interview, T.I. revealed his tenth studio album was completed and awaiting release. He also announced he was working on a project as part of the hip hop collective Bankroll Mafia , alongside Shad da God and Young Thug , among others. On June 26, 2015, T.I. released the music video for the single "Project Steps" and announced his tenth album's new title would be _The Dime Trap_. In July 2015, T.I. revealed _The Dime Trap_ was being mixed and mastered; he also added that "It is a lot more urban, a lot more edgy, a lot more unapologetically ghetto than _Paperwork_".
In promotion for the album, T.I. unexpectedly released an extended play (EP) titled _Da\' Nic _, on September 11, 2015. The EP contains five songs, including the singles "Project Steps" and "Check, Run It". The five-track project, which includes features from Young Thug and Young Dro, as well as production from Jazz Feezy, Sho Nuff, League of Starz , London on da Track and Mars , was launched independently. It was released through San Francisco's Empire Distribution and T.I.'s King Inc. imprint, marking T.I.'s first ever independent release . During this period, T.I. reverted to his previous pseudonym , Tip.
On September 18, 2015, T.I. announced his departure from Columbia Records. In an interview with HitsDailyDouble.com, he addressed his situation: "Having just exited my deal at Columbia, I was a rogue artist, busting creativity, just waiting to put music in the marketplace, so while I'm sorting out my next situation, I'm blessed enough to be able to control my destiny and put music out as quickly as I want to, and was able to release a Tip album, which I had wanted to do for a long time."
In October 2015, in an interview with MTV News , T.I. said: "This is a perfect time to be able to call myself what I've always been known as . Being called T.I. is very weird. It's kinda awkward to be famous for a name that you've never been called before in your life. If you want me to know that you don't know me, call me T.I. It's the weirdest most awkward thing." During the interview he also spoke on the benefit of not having to deal with a major label and how he couldn't have released _Da' Nic_ if he wasn't independent.
On February 22, 2016, before his "pop-up performance" at Greenbriar Mall in his hometown of Atlanta, T.I. announced he signed a distribution deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation for _The Dime Trap_. T.I. also revealed he is one of the new co-owners of online streaming service, TIDAL .
T.I., in collaboration with a number of southern rappers, who are collectively known as Bankroll Mafia , released an eponymous album on April 22, 2016. On May 16, 2016, T.I. released a single titled "Dope" which was produced by West Coast hip hop record producer Dr. Dre . On May 26, 2016, 4 people were shot before T.I. took the stage at Irving Plaza at his scheduled concert in New York City . One of the victims died later at a hospital. In early July 2016, T.I. reiterated that he would like to be known as Tip, moving forward in his career: "We made a conscious decision to have a lot more faith in the operations of our art early on. But right now, just to be able to and have it be significant and have people still care about the music being released, it’s incredibly flattering. I’m humbled, I appreciate all the love."
2016–PRESENT: _US OR ELSE_ AND _THE DIME TRAP_
Main articles: Us or Else and Us or Else: Letter to the System
On July 22, 2016, during an interview with _Ebro in the Morning_ on Hot 97 , T.I. announced an EP titled _ Us or Else _. The EP "will be aimed at supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement , and will speak explicitly about the twisted road race relations took in America to arrive at its current precarious state." On August 6, 2016, T.I. released the first single for _Us or Else_, a song titled "We Will Not", in response to the turmoil caused by the injustices going on in America, namely police brutality following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling . On August 31, 2016, T.I. released a new song off _Us or Else_, titled "War Zone", exclusively through TIDAL. _Us or Else_ was released exclusively through TIDAL on September 23, 2016, by Grand Hustle Records and Roc Nation . The EP, which was T.I.s first project under Roc Nation, reached number 175 on the US _Billboard_ 200 chart.
On December 16, 2016, without prior announcement or promotion, T.I. released _Us or Else: Letter to the System _. The project, which was also initially released exclusively through TIDAL, features guest appearances from Quavo , Meek Mill , RaRa, Big K.R.I.T. and Killer Mike , as well as production handled by Nottz , Mars of 1500 or Nothin\' and Mike "> T.I. posing with ABC News photojournalist Joe Floccari .
In 2006, T.I. starred in his first film, _ATL _, which was loosely based on the rapper's life growing up in Atlanta and attending a skating rink called "Cascade". The other cast members included Lauren London , Antwan Patton , Evan Ross , Mykelti Williamson , Jason Weaver and Keith David . _ATL_, which was written by Tina Gordon Chism and Antwone Fisher , was produced by Timothy M. Bourne, Tionne Watkins and Will Smith , and was directed by Christopher Robinson . T.I. played the character Rashad Swann, an orphaned 17-year-old senior in high school. In its opening weekend, the film grossed a total of $11.5 million, ranking third in the United States box office, and went on to gross $21.2 million. In 2007, T.I. appeared in his second feature-film, the biographical crime film _American Gangster _, as Stevie Lucas, the nephew of drug kingpin Frank Lucas.
In 2010, T.I. starred in the crime action thriller film _ Takers _ as Delonte "Ghost" Rivers. The film, directed by John Luessenhop , was produced by William Packer , Michael Ealy , Tom Lassally, Jason Geter, Gary Gilbert and T.I. himself. The film was released on August 27, 2010 through Grand Hustle Films and Rainforest Films, distributed by Screen Gems . The film also includes Chris Brown , Idris Elba , Matt Dillon , Paul Walker , Hayden Christensen , and Zoe Saldana . _Takers_ debuted at number one at the American box office at $20.5 million in its opening weekend. T.I. also starred in the 2013 crime comedy film _ Identity Thief _, appearing as a criminal named Julian, alongside actress Génesis Rodríguez .
In 2015, T.I. starred in _ Get Hard _ alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart , and also appeared as himself in the _Entourage _ movie . He co-starred in Marvel 's film _Ant-Man _, starring Paul Rudd . In October 2015, it was reported T.I. signed a talent holding/development deal with Warner Bros. Television .
MUSIC AND FILM PRODUCING
T.I. has also served as an executive producer for several projects other than his own, including New Orleans-based rapper B.G. 's tenth album _ Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood _ (2009), Atlanta-based rapper B.o.B 's debut album _ The Adventures of Bobby Ray _ (2010) and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea 's debut EP _Glory _ (2012), among others. Additionally in 2005, T.I. had executive produced the soundtrack to the film _Hustle the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could ." Following the reaction from social media , T.I. publicly apologized on Twitter .
T.I. had 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 and one daughter (King, Major and Heiress). They had a stillborn child in 2007, six months into the pregnancy.
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