How Old Is T.I.
How Old Is T.I.
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. (born September 25, 1980 in Atlanta,
Georgia, USA), best known by the stage name T.I., and also by his alter ego T.I.P., is an American Grammy
Award-winning rapper, songwriter, actor, record and executive producer as well as the Co-CEO of Grand Hustle
According to the Grand Hustle website, T.I. has a clothing line, AKOO
(A King Of Oneself), launching later in 2007.
REALITY is a hard pill to swallow, and it can
sometimes leave a bitter aftertaste. But just as the most torturous elixir can cure what ails you, a dose of
reality can be the best medicine for someone who wants to get in touch with life and experience first hand its
many lumps and bruises.
On his sophomore release, "TRAP MUZIK" - his first
for Atlantic Records - T.I. fills the prescription for reality music: uncovering life stories from the trap,
depicting the unrefined essence of street life and, more specifically, unveiling the grim realities of the
drug game. "It's called trap music," T.I. explains. "So you know it's gonna be dealing with all aspects of the
trap. And if you don't know what the trap is, that's basically where drugs are sold. In this country, the
majority of us live in a neighborhood where drugs are sold, whether we like it or not. Whether you in the trap
selling dope, whether you in the trap buying dope, whether you in the trap trying to get out - whatever the
case may be, I'm trying to deal with all aspects of that lifestyle."
For the uninitiated, "TRAP MUZIK" is an
introduction to an often-glamorized underworld, a musical collage of scenes that play out like excerpts from a
TV drama. But to others, it's an all-too-familiar slice of everyday life. "It's informative for people who
don't know nothing about that side of life and wonder why somebody they know that live on that side of life
act the way they do or do the things they do. So it's informative for them and maybe it can help them deal
with these people, help them relate to these people, help them understand, help them to see their point of
view a little better. It's also inspiration for people who live that life."
From "24's," the album's shoulder-bouncing, head-bobbing first single, to "Be Easy,"
"TRAP MUZIK" finds T.I. at his mischievous best. Checking in on the set are producers DJ Toomp, Sanchez, Carlos and
Dada, and Jazze Pha, as well as artists Jagged Edge, 8 Ball & MJG, and Bun B of UGK.
Heavy on introspection and streetwise enlightenment, "TRAP MUZIK" is not only a
stroll around the 'hood, but a journey through the mind of T.I. On "T.I. vs. T.I.P.," the rapper challenges
himself to a verbal duel. "That's basically me talking to myself, just me getting in my own ear talking about
the things I need to do and the things I shouldn't be doing and just some kind of psychological evaluation of
And he waxes romantic on "Get Right," which features R&B foursome Jagged Edge.
"It's me talking to a lady I knew back when I didn't have much," he says. "We knew each other and we always felt
like it was an attraction, but she was dealing with somebody who had way more than me, who could do way more for
her at the time. But now I'm like, 'What he got that I ain't got besides you right now? So, get right'."
Then there's the ghetto anthem, "Be Easy." Says T.I., "That's basically tellin' cats,
when you meet me, you ain't gotta be...
How Old Is T.I.