T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. on September 25, 1980, in Bankhead, Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised by his grandparents and was a drug dealer as a teenager. T.I. released his debut album, I'm Serious, in October 2001 through Arista Records. The album spawned the eponymous single, which featured Jamaican reggae entertainer Beenie Man. His his debut single, "I'm Serious," was released on June 26, 2001. The single received little airplay and failed to chart. T.I. released his second album Trap Muzik on August 19, 2003 through Grand Hustle Records; it debuted at number four and sold 109,000 copies in its first week. It spawned the singles "24s", "Be Easy", "Rubberband Man", and "Let's Get Away". The album featured guest appearances by Eightball & MJG, Jazze Pha, Bun B and Macboney and was produced by Jazze Pha, Kanye West, David Banner, Madvac and DJ Toomp. The success of the album was followed by some controversy. While on tour, T.I. was charged with violating his probation over a 2003 drug charge. He was sentenced to three years in prison. While there, he was granted rights to film the music video for "Let's Get Away", which sold over one million copies in the U.S. and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 2006, T.I. starred in his first film, ATL. T.I.'s fourth album, King, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the first half of 2006, selling 522,000 copies in its first week. T.I. released "Front Back" and "Ride with Me" as a promotional singles prior to the release of the album. T.I. released his fifth album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., on July 3, 2007. The first single from the album was "Big Things Poppin' (Do It)," which was produced by Mannie Fresh and was released to radio stations on April 17, 2007. The second single, "You Know What It Is" featuring Wyclef Jean, was released June 12, 2007. T.I. vs. T.I.P. sold 468,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His current album "Paper Trail" is his most successful to date.
The biggest hits by shooting-star T.I. are:
"I'm Serious" (featuring Beenie Man)
"Bring Em Out"
"U Don't Know Me"
"Let's Get Away" (featuring Jazze Pha)
"What You Know"
"Why You Wanna"
"Livin In The Sky" (feat. Jamie Foxx)
"Big Things Poppin' (Do It)"
"You Know What It Is" (featuring Wyclef Jean)
"Whatever You Like"
"Dead And Gone" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
"My Love" (with Justin Timberlake)
"Swagga Like Us" (feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West & Lil' Wayne)
"Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna)
"Swing Ya Rag"
"Remember Me" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
"My Life Your Entertainment" (featuring Usher)
"Soldier" (with Destiny's Child & Lil Wayne)
"I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" (with Mariah Carey)
Cornell Haynes, Jr. (November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name Nelly, is a rapper, singer, actor and entrepreneur. He has performed with the rap group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly made his solo debut in 2000 with Country Grammar, the title track of which was a top ten hit. With his following albums, Nellyville (2002) and the same-day dual release Sweat and Suit (2004) and compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. He won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and starred in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms.
He was soon signed to Universal Music Group, which released his major label debut Country Grammar in 2000. The success of its title track as a single (#7 on the Hot 100 and #1 Hot Rap Tracks) led to the album debuting at number three in the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Other singles from the album included "E.I.", "Ride Wit Me", and "Batter Up". The album was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA on April 27, 2004. In 2002, Nelly's second album Nellyville was released, debuting at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Music Albums; its lead single "Hot in Herre" was a number-one hit. Other singles included "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, "Work It" featuring Justin Timberlake, "Air Force Ones" featuring Murphy Lee and the St. Lunatics, "Pimp Juice", and "#1". This album was highly successful and was certified 6x multi-platinum on June 27, 2003. On September 14, 2004, Nelly released two albums, Sweat and Suit. Suit, an R&B-oriented album, debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart, and Sweat, a rap-oriented album, debuted at number two. From Suit, the slow ballad "Over and Over", an unlikely duet with country music star Tim McGraw, became a crossover hit. Combined the album were certified 5 x platinum. His current album "Brass Knuckles" is his only one that could be considered a "flop".
The biggest hits by the Dirrty-South-rap-star are:
"Country Grammar (Hot Shit)"
"Ride wit Me" (feat. City Spud)
"Girlfriend (Remix)" (with *NSYNC)
"Hot In Herre" (feat. Dani Stevenson)
"Dilemma" (feat. Kelly Rowland)
"Air Force Ones" (feat. Kyjuan, Murphy Lee & Ali)
"Work It" (feat. Justin Timberlake)
"Shake Ya Tailfeather" (with P. Diddy & Murphy Lee)
"Flap Your Wings"
"Over and Over" (feat. Tim McGraw)
"Nasty Girl" (with Jagged Edge, P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G. & Avery Storm)
"N Dey Say"
"Get It Poppin'" (with Fat Joe)
"Call On Me" (with Janet Jackson)
"Body On Me" (with Ashanti & Akon)
"Party People" (feat. Fergie)
"Stepped on My J'z" (feat. Jermaine Dupri & Ciara)
"Tilt' Ya Head Back" (feat. Christina Aguilera)
BTW the new season of Desperate Housewives startedt today and ironically Nelly's biggest hit-single's video, the clip for "Dilemma" was shot at the DH-location...