Credited as one of the few who has helped to popularize trap music, T.I. rose to prominence in the early 2000’s after the release of his debut album, I’m Serious (2001). Over the span of his career as a recording artist, he has come out with nine full length albums, five extended plays, twelve mix tapes and well over a hundred singles- a handful of which have been certified by the RIAA. The rapper has come a long way since he first sold mix tapes out of a car trunk in the mid 90’s; nowadays, he is easily considered to be one of the most successful, and affluent hip hop artists in the country. In 2003, he also launched his own label imprint, Grand Hustle Records, for which he currently serves as the CEO.
From aspiring rapper to successful artist and entrepreneur, T.I. has undoubtedly made his mark within the industry. Let’s take a closer look to see how he attained his fortune over the years.
TI’s Net Worth 2018 – $55 Million
How Did TI Make His Money and Wealth?
Born on September 25, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia, TI (Real Name: Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.) started to rap when he was just eight years old. As a teen however, he had multiple brush-ins with the law, having unlawfully dealt drugs. By the time he was fourteen, he had been arrested by officials numerous times. It wasn’t until he became acquainted with Atlanta rapper named Big Kuntry King, that he redirected his attention toward hip hop music. Eventually recording a few mix tapes together, they later started to sell them out of the trunk of a car.
As it happened, one of their tapes landed in the hands of Kawan Prather, a record executive. From there, the aspiring rapper soon forged a recording deal with Arista Records. In the fall of 2001, TI dropped his debut studio album entitled, I’m Serious. Despite being a commercial disappointment, it still managed to reach within the top 100 on the US Billboard Top 200. It later went on to sell over 268,000 copies in the United States.
Determined to do better, TI later released his second full length album, Trap Muzik after a label change to Atlantic Records. Around that time, he also formed his own label imprint, Grand Hustle Records with his long-time business partner, Jason Geter. Met with favorable reviews from critics, it proved to be significantly more successful than his initial endeavor. A financial hit, it sold over 109,000 copies within the first week, after debuting at number four on the US Billboard Top 200. As well, it also peaked at number two on the Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums Chart. Inundated with glowing reviews, it has since sold over 1,700,000 copies in the US alone.
A year after his big break, he came out with Urban Legend on November 30, 2004. Responsible for TI’s first top ten hit, it debuted at the seventh spot on the Billboard Top 200. Selling over 193,000 copies within the initial week, it later became a chart topper on both the Top Rap Albums and the Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums Charts. His first album to chart overseas, it also peaked at number thirty nine in Japan. Popular among fans, it sold over 1,000,000 copies domestically in a matter of months.
Having said all of that, it wasn’t until the mid to late 2000’s that TI started to soar in popularity (which would contribute to his overall wealth). In the spring of 2006, his fourth studio album, King was released through Atlantic Records and Grand Hustle Records. One of his most successful releases to date, it quickly sold more than 522,000 copies in the first week- which was a new record for the rapper at the time. Aside from debuting at the top of the US Billboard Top 200, it also peaked at number one on the Top Rap Albums and the Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums Charts. His first international hit, it also charted in Canada, Ireland, France, Japan, and Switzerland. Nominated for three Grammy Awards, King was also considered to be one of the best albums of its year by multiple publications. TI’s first album to go Double Platinum, it quickly went on to sell over 2,000,000 copies. As with all multi-platinum albums, it would have earned the rapper a hefty amount.
In 2007, TI earned another sizable sum from his fifth studio album, T.I. vs T.I.P. His second release to top all three US Charts (e.g. Billboard Top 200, Top Rap Albums, Top R&B and Hip Hop Albums), it effortlessly sold more than 468,000 copies in the first week. Nominated for yet another Grammy Award, it later went Platinum the following month for selling over 1,000,000 copies.
The next year, the rapper released his best-performing album to date, Paper Trail in 2008. His third consecutive album to reach number one on the US music charts, it practically flew off store shelves, having sold 357,000 copies within the first three days of its release. By the end of its second week, it had sold a staggering 745,000 copies. Certified two times Platinum by the RIAA, over 2,000,000 shipments have been made across the country. Lauded by most music critics, it undoubtedly earned TI a substantial amount- possibly in the millions.
Although most of his wealth has been accumulated from his music efforts, TI has also proved himself to be a successful entrepreneur. On top of being a rapper, he is also the owner of a nightclub called Club Crucial, one of the most popular venues in the Atlanta region. Since its inception, many big-name celebrities have enjoyed its ambiance including Big Boi, Shawty Lo, and Monica.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, TI has also secured a number of endorsement deals over the years. For instance, he worked with Chevrolet to promote their new line of Impala vehicles in 2007. Around that same time, he also had an endorsement with StreetCred.com, a social networking website, although it was later shut down in 2008.
In the summer of 2010, TI announced that he was made the Creative Consultant of Remy Martin Cognac. Shortly afterward, he stated that he would be releasing his own line of liquor.
More recently in 2016, he also opened V Live- a strip club located in his native Atlanta, Georgia and joined a subscription-based streaming service called TIDAL- as an artist owner.
T.I.’s Personal Life and FAQ
Is T.I. Married?
From 2001 until 2016, TI was married to Tameka Cottle aka “Tiny”, a former member of Xscape. After dating for nine years, they tied the know in Miami Beach, Florida on July 30, 2010.
Prior to that, the rapper was in a relationship with Ms. Niko, a fellow R&B Artist.
Does T.I. Have Any Children?
TI has two sons named Major and King and a daughter named Heiress with his former wife, Temeka Cottle. In 2007, they also had a stillborn child after a six-month long pregnancy.
With her former girlfriend, the rapper also had a daughter named Deyjah and two sons named Domani and Messiah.
Where Did T.I. Go To College?
T.I. did not go to college. After dropping out of Douglass High School, he supported himself by dealing drugs. Despite his rough start, he was ultimately able to pull his life around after meeting rapper Big Kuntry King in the late 90’s. From a teenage drug dealer to multi-millionaire rapper, the Georgia-native has sure come a long way.
T.I.’s Philanthropic Efforts
Throughout the years, T.I. has proved himself again and again as a philanthropist. For instance in 2010, he and his then wife established a foundation called For the Love of Our Fathers- which helps to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease (his father had succumbed to the disease).
A couple of years later, he also launched the Give Like a King Campaign, in conjunction with the Veterans Empowerment Organization, whose goal is to help and support veterans.
Additionally, he also hosted a toy drive alongside Young Jeezy in the winter of 2014, which helped to raise items for over 1,800 underprivileged children in Atlanta.
Where Does T.I. Live? Pictures of T.I.’s House
Back in 2005, the rapper purchased a luxurious home in the Champions Park neighborhood. Two stories high, the $830,000 home featured a stone construction, with four and a half bathrooms, and five bedrooms. At 5446 square feet, the home, which was built in 2004, offers plenty of space for TI and his family.
Aside from the mansion, he has also leased a four bedroom home just a few minutes away from his studio- to bypass the tedious commute. A place for him to crash after a long day of work, it is fitted with an outdoor kitchen, a gigantic pool, as well as a showy entertainment area.
What Kind of Car Does T.I. Drive?
A car enthusiast, T.I. currently has several vehicles under his possession. His first car, bought at the age of fourteen, was an 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme- at the time, it had only costed him $800. Nowdays, his collection consists of a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, a Range Rover Autobiography, and a Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Why Is He Called T.I.?
His current stage name- “T.I.” is derived from his childhood nickname, “Tip” which came from his paternal great grandfather. After signing with Artisa Records, he decided to shorten his moniker from Tip to T.I., out of respect for Q-Tip, a fellow label mate.
Not only has the Georgia native won three Grammy Awards (from twenty two nominations), but he has also received three BET Awards, nine BET Hip Hop Awards, nine BMI Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, eight ASCAP Pop Awards, and two American Music Awards, among numerous others. Over the span of his music career, he has netted a total of 64 awards- out of 170 nominations.
More recently in 2017, his endeavor as an actor in the TV mini-series, Roots (2016), also earned him a Black Reel Award nomination for the category of “Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Limited Series”.