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Cover story: T.I. — Through the fire

T.I. is on the latest cover of JET magazine. /Jeff Daly/PictureGroup/ via AP

By// Bonsu Thompson

Anyone who has followed the decade-plus years that rapper, actor and multi-business owner T.I. has spent in public view would agree there isn’t much contrast between his career and a cat’s mythical life count. The 31-year-old Georgia native, born Clifford “Tip” Harris, hasn’t needed nine professional revivals per se. He has, though, consistently resuscitated his brand by repeatedly climbing out of darkness that would’ve become a grave for lesser celebrities. Remarkably, with each walk through fire, the self-proclaimed “King of the South” rose from the ashes a wiser and richer man — a broader and brighter star. “I didn’t design my tragedy, but I work hard to make sure negativity doesn’t win over positivity,” he tells JET.

 

The Sept. 17 issue of JET magazine, on newsstands Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

The Sept. 17 issue of JET magazine, on newsstands Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

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