How did T.I. get his name?

T.I. was born Clifford Joseph Harris Jr.

His stage name originally came from his childhood nickname "Tip", after his paternal great-grandfather. In 1996, Kawan "KP" Prather, a record executive, discovered T.I. and then signed him to his record label Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment. Upon signing with Arista Records subsidiary LaFace Records in 1999, he shortened his name from Tip to T.I., out of respect for Arista label-mate Q-Tip.