T.I. has a way to get himself into trouble, and lots of it. The extremely successful recording artist, music producer and dad of five just can’t seem to keep his life on the straight and narrow. T.I. and his wife Tameka Cottle were arrested on Wednesday night for possession of a controlled substance. But this is hardly T.I. first time being caught by the cops. He’s been doing that since he was a teen! Here are the life and times and troubles with T.I.
His life didn’t start off easy, he was not raised by his parent but rather his grandparents in Bankhead, Atlanta Georgia.
His father lived in New York and would visit him. But his father died early, he had suffered from Alzheimers.
He dropped out of Douglass High School at a young age.
He opted to get a job, but not the good kind. He became a drug dealer when he was just a teen.
At the ripe old age of 14, he had already been arrested several times.
In 1998 T.I. was convicted for violating a state controlled substance act and for making false statements. He was released on probation.
While under probation he had several violations including a gun violation and being caught with marijuana.
In 2003 he allegedly assaulted a female sheriff deputy at a mall in Tampa.
He was sentenced to community service for driving with a suspended license and had to do 75 hours of service.
In 2006 he was charged with threatening a man outside of a strip club, but there was not enough evidence for a conviction.
In 2008, T.I. testified at the murder trial of his close pal Philant Johnson. He was shot and killed at a post-concert party.
He was also arrested for a probation violation warrant from Florida when they claimed he hadn’t completed the community service he was required to do.
In October 13, 2007, T.I. was busted by the feds just four hours before he was to attend the BET hip-hop awards. He was charged with two felonies – possession of three unregistered machine guns and two silencers and also possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
He was then put on house arrest, he could only leave to go to doctor’s appointments and court appearances. And visitors had to be approved by the court.
He pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to prison time, a year under house arrest and 1,500 hours of community service.
He was released from prison and was moved to a half way house after a total of ten months and he was reunited with then fiancée Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. The two tied the knot back in July 30th, 2010 and they have two sons together ages six and four. They were also were expecting a daughter but she was stillborn after six months of pregnancy. He also has two sons with his ex-girlfriend Lashon Dixon ages 10 and 9 as well as a daughter age 9- from another woman.
Since his release he is still under watch with drug counseling, random searches of his home and DNA testing.
On Wednesday night, T.I. and wife Tameka Cottle were arrested after “deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from [their] vehicle.” The two were released on Thursday morning with a $100,000 bail each. T.I. is still under probation so this will be a tough one to recover from.
Do you think he can get past all his illegal pastimes?