28 Influential African Americans: Tip " T.I" Harris

Black History Month is finally here!!!! Each day this month we will be honoring African Americans who uplifts our culture and exemplifies BLACK EXCELLENCE.

Tip " T.I." Harris is an African American rapper, businessman and actor. He is known as one of the pioneers of Trap Music along with rappers Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane. Harris has one three Grammy Awards and has over 13 nominations throughout his career.

He signed his first major-label record deal in 1999 with Arista subsidiary LaFace. In 2001, Harris formed the hip hop group P$C, with his longtime friends and fellow Atlanta-based rappers Big Kuntry King, Mac Boney, and C-Rod. Upon being released from Arista, Harris signed to Atlantic and soon after became the co-chief executive officer (CEO) of his own label, Grand Hustle Records, which he launched in 2003.

To date Harris has released ten studio albums, with seven of them reaching the top five of the US Billboard 200 chart. Harris has also released several successful singles, including Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "Whatever You Like" and "Live Your Life". Harris earned more prominence with the release of Trap Muzik (2003), which includes the Top 40 songs, "Rubber Band Man" and "Let's Get Away". Harris' sixth album, Paper Trail (2008), became his most successful project, with the album being certified gold for first-week sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States, additionally making it his third consecutive number one album. In February 2016, Harris announced he signed a distribution deal with Roc Nation, to release his tenth album (Dime Trap).

With all of T.I 's musical success he still makes time to be a voice for the black community. He is always looking for ways to build up his hometown (Atlanta, GA) to make the city even better. We can always count on T.I to speak up and give his opinion on issues like racism , discrimination, police brutality , politics, etc. He is not afraid to use his platform to provide awareness about what's going on in the world. He loves the culture so much that he created an art gallery (Trap Music) displaying realistic scenes that are symbolic of the sound and lifestyle that originated Atlanta.

Thank you so much for constantly reminding us to uplift the black community and to have courage to speak out on what is right. Keep inspiring us to be great and to celebrate our culture!

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