Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.
Harris signed his first major-label record deal in with Arista subsidiary LaFace. Upon being released from Arista, Harris signed to Atlantic and subsequently became the co- chief executive officer CEO of his own label imprint, Grand Hustle Records , which he launched in Harris has released ten studio albums , with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard chart.
Throughout his career, Harris has also released several highly successful singles, including Billboard Hot number one hits " Whatever You Like " and " Live Your Life ", the later replaced the former atop the chart and helped Harris join a select group of artists to replace themselves at number one and simultaneously occupy the top two positions. Harris began to gain major recognition in following his first high-profile feature on fellow Atlanta-based rapper Bone Crusher 's single " Never Scared ".
The next year, Harris appeared on Destiny's Child 's international hit " Soldier " alongside Lil Wayne, and released his third album Urban Legend His subsequent albums, King and T.
Harris' sixth album, Paper Trail , became his most successful project, with the album being certified gold for first-week sales of over , copies in the United States, additionally making it his third consecutive number one album. In , Harris was featured on Robin Thicke 's single " Blurred Lines " alongside Pharrell Williams , which peaked at number one on several major music charts.
In November , Harris announced that he had signed with Columbia Records after his year contract with Atlantic came to an end. He released his Columbia debut Paperwork in October The former served as a means to release his political Us or Else EP series, while the latter released his long-delayed tenth album Dime Trap in October of that year. Harris has won three Grammy Awards.
Harris has served two terms in county jail , twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U. While serving 11 months in prison, he released his seventh studio album No Mercy Harris has also starred in the American reality television series T.
In , Billboard ranked him as the 27th best artist of the s decade. Buddy Harris suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died from the disease.
His stage name originally came from his childhood nickname "Tip", after his paternal great-grandfather. In , T.
Kawan "KP" Prather , a record executive, discovered T. We were both on Arista and we was trying to release my first album.
The people who had to market, promote, and, you know, just spread the word on it communicated that it was somewhat difficult or confusing to have two Tips in one building. So out of respect and just the legendary reputation and career that preceded that situation, I definitely conceded. My problem, or conflict, at the time, was now this is what I've been called all my life, what do I change my name to? So, I guess, that began to hold my project up.
So at that point we had to come to some sort of a resolution. That was — you left out a letter still! He was like, "Well, listen man.
You got something better? The single received little airplay and failed to chart. Despite the album's guests appearances and production team, the album peaked at number 98 and only sold , copies in the United States.
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He does, however, have potential. If his talent ever matches his confidence, he may be headed for stardom. Due to the poor commercial reception of the album, T. He resurfaced in mid, appearing on fellow Atlanta-based rapper and former label-mate Bone Crusher 's hit single, " Never Scared. Upon its release, Trap Muzik received generally favorable reviews from most music critics, who generally regarded it as a major improvement over his debut album, I'm Serious. This included Complex naming the album one of the classic albums of the last decade in It debuted at number seven on the US Billboard , selling , copies in its first week.
In September , T. The singles garnered little attention. The album's lead single " What You Know ," became a hit in the U. He was also featured on newly signed Grand Hustle artist Young Dro 's debut single " Shoulder Lean ", which reached the top ten on the U. Hot and 1 on the U. The lead single from the album was " Big Shit Poppin' Do It ," which was produced by Mannie Fresh and was released to radio stations on April 17, It was T.
Absent from this album's production lineup was T. In October , T.
In early , T. While under house arrest , T. The official lead single was " Whatever You Like ," released in July , and became the most successful single of his career up until that point, breaking the record for the highest jump to number one on the Billboard Hot , jumping from number 71 to number one and also becoming T.
The title of the album refers to the lyrics he had written down on paper. Like many other rappers, T. His representative explained that T. Blige , was released digitally on July 7, It was the planned first single from the re-release of T. The single peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot On October 6, " Hell of a Life " was released digitally and went on to peak at number 54 on the Billboard Hot On the episode, he took the comedian to Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles in LA and gave her a lesson on how to "swagger.
On November 21, , T.
On March 26, , T. He also made a guest appearance on Larry King Live on May 13, to discuss with Larry King about his nine-month prison term on federal gun charges and other topics. Both singles made charted on the Billboard charts peaking at the top Prior to the album's release T. A lot of these songs are period pieces that speak volumes to what's going on right now.
If I hold onto them next year or the year after, they'll be dated, because my life will be in another direction. If I'm not gonna put it on the album — and they all can't make the album — then they might as well have another platform to present it to the world". On September 1, T.
Following his arrest, T. He then released the lead single from the newly titled album, " Get Back Up " featuring Chris Brown, on the same day that he was sentenced back to prison for violating the terms of his probation. No Mercy was released on December 7, The album peaked at number four in the US and it sold over , copies in its first week.
His second and final single from the album was " That's All She Wrote " his second collaboration with Eminem , and was released on December 19, peaking at number eighteen in the US. In early June , T. B on the hook. While commenting on the song, T. What inspired me to write this record was the differences in how we do us and how they do them suddenly became incredibly evident in just a very short period of time. After being released from prison in August , T.
On September 30, , T. The song features vocals and production from Big K. On October 18, T.
After his release from prison, T. He was also featured on southern rapper Future 's second single "Magic", taken from his debut studio album Pluto , which was the first song he hopped on after his release from prison according to Future.
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The title was partly inspired by Marvin Gaye 's song of the same name , he revealed on Billboard. In a previous interview with Rolling Stone ; he said he was debating between two titles, Trouble Man and Kill the King. The third promotional single "Pyro", was released on November In preparation for the album, T.
Dre and "This Time of Night" featuring Nelly , respectively. B and confronted him of a rumor that he and T. B responded: "The joint album, it actually started as a joke.
Tip would always refer to me as 'the Martian', and in one of his lyrics, he said, 'It's the man and the Martian,' and we said, 'Man that could be an album title. But it seems to be taking form in a very organic way.
On March 1, , T. The song was officially released on April 2, where the song peaked at number eight-one in the US. During his visit to Angie Martinez 's radio show, he revealed that the album will be released on September 4.
He recorded collaborations with Trey Songz and Usher. The song peaked at number seventy-seven and number eighty-six in Canada. In September, T.