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Clifford Joseph Harris Jnr., 25 September 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Rapper T.I. was one of countless up-and-coming artists to emerge from the south of the USA during the early twenty-first century. T.I. was first exposed to hip-hop at the age of seven, and by the time he was 11 he had decided to pursue a career in rap seriously (originally as T.I.P.). A few problems with the law could not derail his dream, and he signed a recording contract with Arista Records, resulting in the release of his 2001 debut, Im Serious. On this collection the young rapper collaborated with the Neptunes, Jazze Pha, DJ Toomp, and Beenie Man. The album failed to storm the charts (peaking just within the Billboard Top 100), resulting in T.I. leaving Arista shortly after. In the ensuing period, he issued a few releases independently on the Grand Hustle label, put together several mix tapes, and appeared on Bone Crushers Never Scared. T.I. was not without a major...