T.I. (Atlanta US rapper & producer Clifford Harris)

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Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage names T.I. and Tip (stylized as TIP), is an American hip hop recording artist and actor from Atlanta, Georgia. He signed his first major-label record deal in 1999, with Arista Records subsidiary, LaFace Records. In 2001, T.I. formed the Southern hip hop group Pimp Squad Click (P$C), alongside his longtime friends and fellow Atlanta-based rappers. Upon being released from Arista, T.I. signed to Atlantic Records and subsequently became the co-chief executive officer (CEO) of his own label imprint, Grand Hustle Records, which he launched in 2003. T.I. is perhaps best known as one of the artists who popularized the hip hop subgenre, trap music, along with Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane, respectively.

T.I. has released nine studio albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard 200 chart. Throughout his career, T.I. 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). He 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". He 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, T.I. 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.

T.I.'s sixth album, Paper Trail (2008), became his most successful album to date, with the album being certified gold for first-week sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States, making it his third consecutive number one album. It included three international hit singles, "Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life" and "Dead and Gone". In 2013, T.I. 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, T.I. 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. T.I. has won three Grammy Awards, namely Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

T.I. 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). T.I. has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films ATL, Takers and Identity Thief. 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. T.I. has also starred in the American reality television series T.I.'s Road to Redemption and T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle. In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 27th Artist of the 2000s decade.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Toya Toya 1
2002 Kings of Crunk Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 6
2002 Better Dayz 2Pac 3.5 3
2002 Birdman Baby 2
2003 AttenCHUN! Bone Crusher 2
2003 Part II Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 2
2003 Hot & Wet 112 1 2
2003 M.A.D.E. Memphis Bleek 1
2003 From Me to U Juelz Santana 1
2003 Monster Killer Mike 4 2
2003 MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water David Banner 3
2004 Kamikaze Twista 4
2004 Cee-Lo Green… Is the Soul Machine Cee‐Lo Green 4 1
2004 Living Legends 8Ball & MJG 1
2004 Afrodisiac Brandy 5 3
2004 Straight Outta Ca$hville Young Buck 2
2004 Suit Nelly 2
2004 1st Infantry The Alchemist 1
2004 Goodies Ciara 4 5
2004 Thug Matrimony: Married to the Streets Trick Daddy 4 1
2004 Destiny Fulfilled Destiny’s Child 7
2004 Crunk Juice Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz 3 4
2004 Purple Haze Cam'ron 2
2004 Concrete Rose Ashanti 2 2
2005 Pleasure & Pain 112 1 1
2005 Already Platinum Slim Thug 3
2005 The People's Champ Paul Wall 5 1
2005 Trauma DJ Quik 1
2005 The Naked Truth Lil' Kim 1
2005 Trill Bun B 2
2005 Duets: The Final Chapter The Notorious B.I.G. 2
2005 Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 Young Jeezy 3
2006 Best Thang Smokin' Young Dro 1
2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin Timberlake 4 8
2006 Eat or Die Ras Kass 1
2006 Pac’s Life 2Pac 3 4
2006 The Inspiration Young Jeezy 4 2
2007 Buck the World Young Buck 4 1
2007 Politics as Usual Jae Millz 1
2007 American Dream Mike Jones 1
2007 Double Up R. Kelly 3
2007 We the Best DJ Khaled 2
2007 UGK (Underground Kingz) Underground Kingz 4
2007 Just Like You Keyshia Cole 3
2007 Carnival, Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant Wyclef Jean 6
2007 Gangsta Grillz: The Album DJ Drama 1
2008 Lyfe Change Lyfe Jennings 1
2008 Here I Stand Usher 8
2008 Showdown Reloaded Mr. Sche & Al Kapone 1
2008 Brass Knuckles Nelly 4

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