Clifford Joseph Harris, T.I is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. T.I. began rapping at age eight. He attended Douglass High School, but later dropped out. His stage name originally came from his childhood nickname “Tip”, after his paternal great-grandfather. He was once known as Rubber Band Man, a reference to the custom of wearing rubber bands around the wrist to denote wealth in terms of drugs or money. Here are the most essential things in his life in his own words.
Clifford Joseph Harris likes Tea
Tea is a essential part of my day. Maybe three, four times a day, I have a cup. Now not that I run around with bags of tea, just loose tea bags in my pocket or in my book bag or nothing, but I will make a stop and make sure that I get me a cup of Earl Grey tea and agave for sweetener. I stopped drinking coffee about three years, maybe four years ago. Tea was the likely alternative. Earl Grey was the first one that I tried because I asked which one has the best taste and the most caffeine, and they directed me to black tea. I began to dabble between Earl Grey and English Breakfast. Also Chai. I do Chai too, but Earl Grey is my favorite.
Jordans are the best for Clifford Joseph Harris
These essential items are my J’s. Fashion, fly, and comfort. That’s very, very important. Huge priorities for me. And my go-to is usually the Air Jordans or the Air Maxes, especially if I’m running in and out of town, on and off of planes. So these are essential for me. The first pair of Jordans that I ever owned, I believe were the number fours. The Jordan 4’s. Mind you, I was probably in second grade, third grade at the time when they came out. And I just remember how, you know, how big of a deal it was when I got ’em. I have been a loyal enthusiast ever since.
These are essential to me because it’s like underwears and socks to me, this is an essential part of my undergarment fashion. But the thing is, I don’t like the fancy, you know all of the expensive Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue. I’m more partial to Hanes. They give me a tight fit. That I need. The other one’s are a little loose. You know, I don’t think they understand the concept of an undershirt. Yeah, I wear under damned near everything. You know, I don’t want my nipples just rubbin’ up against some just bare shirts and stuff. It just doesn’t feel natural to me.
Books that Clifford Joseph Harris Jr read
Reading material to me is extremely important. I just, you know, like to keep abreast with, you know, the things that I guess are hiding from us inside of books. So I like to at least have one or two books with me for flights and just, you know, when I might be on long rides. I just try to, you know, just continue to keep reading in my daily, bi-daily practices, try to read as much as I can.
I actually started this book, “The Spook Who Sat by the Door.” I have not finished it yet. “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” man, and it’s about a Black man in espionage and how he has to kind of manage his ego and emotion, you know, to accomplish tasks and fulfill long-term goals. “Behold a Pale Horse,” written by William Cooper. This is a book about many, many secrets that the government has been hiding from the American people. William Cooper gave his life to share these secrets with us. At least I believe. You know, that’s what I believe. I read it and I got halfway through it in ’90, ’99.
When I first got it, I got halfway through it. And I thought, I was like, man, this is, this could not be true. There’s no way this is happening, right? Cut to everything. Now, today, everything this book talked about has come to pass. Everything. And so now, you know, I went back to it and started to read some more. Information is key.
Cross body bag
One thing I hate, you know, is having like full pockets. Like pockets everywhere. Phone, and keys, and bankroll, and passport, and all that, just all in my pockets. This bag helps me kinda keep things together without having a pocket full of clutter. Well this specific one is made by Christian Dior, but I am not necessarily tied to the name brand of it all. All this was a gift from my wife and I like it. It’s big enough to keep everything that I need but not too big to carry around every day. So I usually give ’em about a six month rotation and then swap ’em out. Maybe three.
When I’m on the go as much as I am, it’s not like I know exactly where I may land. When I’m in a hotel, I don’t necessarily know if they will have, you know, stereo system or any kind of accessibility for me to play my music. I bring my Bluetooth speaker with me. It sets the mood, creates my vibe, gets me ready to take on the task of all of my busy days. What am I listening to these days? Well, you know what? Oddly enough, I’m still listening to “The LIBRA.” I know it’s a bit self gratuitous but it’s exceptionally good. I also listen to Marvin Gaye, “Here, My Dear.”
Curtis Mayfield. 21 Savage album is dope. Thugs’ last album is definitely dope. I listen to Domani. Time will tell. Listen to Snoh Aalegra also. Jhene Aiko. Her last one was dope. Big Sean. Joyner Lucas. He just dropped one. I haven’t heard it in its entirety yet but looking forward to it. And always Tupac, Big, NWA. Snoop Dogg. Oh, I just reacclimated myself with the “Doggystyle” album. I hadn’t heard it in quite a bit of time, and I’m talking about listening to it all the way down. It’s just as dope today as it was in ’93, I must say.
While I don’t drink soda often, Ginger ale is kinda like one of the only sodas that I will drink and Red Rock is my favorite ginger ale. I grew up drinkin’ it. My grandmamma started giving it to me as a kid when I got sick and I didn’t really like it then. It’s real strong. Strong ginger, you know. It burns a little bit. But when I got older, I began to enjoy the kick. So now it’s kinda like my go-to ginger ale. It’s not sold a lot of places. When I see it, I grab it and keep ’em around.
Clive Christian fragrance, it is 1872. Clive Christian is a highly concentrated cologne here. And when I say highly concentrated, I mean it has a thick oil presence and how concentrated the oil is, it’s gonna dictate and determine how long the fragrance will, you know, blend with your skin. They say it’s because it’s highly concentrated or the most concentrated. But I think you’re just payin’ a lot of money for a fancy name. I definitely have different fragrances for different events, different environments, different vibes. I believe your fragrance is a part of your, it’s a part of your personality. It’s a part of like how you feel, what you’re doin’, the same way you get dressed. You wear a certain thing. If you, if you’re in a certain mood. I feel the same way about fragrance.
Clifford Joseph Harris Hoodie’s
Now, A.K.O.O. is my clothing line. We’ve been around for about 13, we’re going on our 13th year, and hoodies are essential for me, just because as I travel, airport attire or even just every day. It’s a way to stay comfortable, still be fashionable and fly without being too extra. So an A.K.O.O. hoodie is essential for me.
My portable charger is called myCharge. Now the beauty of this is handling business. I run several companies and most of my business is handled on my phone. Most of the decisions that I have to make and the things that I have to review are either on conference calls, Zooms, emails. So it’s very important that I maintain at least a half of a battery. And this allows me to plug my phone up without having to sit still and wait on it to be charged from a wall plug and allows me to charge my phone while I’m on the go and still handle my business.
My goal is to at least keep it at half and when I see it at half to refill it or recharge it. When do I start to be concerned about the level of battery I have? Usually when it turns off. Usually I don’t notice that it’s dead until it’s dead. Probably in the middle of a discussion, in the middle of some sort of a task I have to complete and phone cuts off.