T.I.

Artist Bio

Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. was born on September 25, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Clifford “Buddy” Harris Sr. and Violeta Morgan. He was raised by his grandparents in Atlanta’s Center Hill neighborhood just off Bankhead Highway. His father resided in New York City, and he would often go there to visit. Buddy Harris suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died from the disease.

T.I. began rapping at age eight. He attended Douglass High School, but later dropped out. As a teenager, he dealt drugs. By age 14, he had been arrested several times. His stage name originally came from his childhood nickname “Tip”, after his paternal great-grandfather. He was once known as Rubber Band Man, a reference to the custom of wearing rubber bands around the wrist to denote wealth in terms of drugs or money.

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