Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. (born September 25, 1980), better known by his stage name T.I., by his nickname Tip and by his alter ego T.I.P., is an American hip hop recording artist, film and music producer, actor and author. He is also the founder and co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Grand Hustle Records.
T.I. has released seven studio albums (I'm Serious, Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs. T.I.P., Paper Trail, and No Mercy) with the most recent five being highly successful on the commercial market. He has released such successful singles as "Bring Em Out", "What You Know", "Big Shit Poppin' (Do It)", "Swagga Like Us" (featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne), "Whatever You Like", "Live Your Life" (featuring Rihanna), "Dead and Gone" (featuring Justin Timberlake), "Got Your Back" (featuring Keri Hilson) and "That's All She Wrote" (featuring Eminem).
He has served two stints in county jail, twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge. While serving 11 months in prison he released his seventh studio album, No Mercy. T.I. has also had a successful acting career, starring in the films Takers and ATL.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Leesa Dean attended LaGuardia HS of the Arts and Wesleyan University and has a BFA. Her underground comic book, Chilltown (Zeric Award winner for Best Indy Book), has been featured in The Source, Spin & Vibe Magazines as well as numerous national newspapers and radio. Primarily a writer, she has sold a number of television scripts—including ones to HBO producers Two Oceans Entertainment and BET—but was always "in development." Frustrated, she taught herself how to animate five years ago and, solo guerilla-style, has completed three full series: Chilltown, The Danger Squad and Lele's Sex Advice Show, all set to launch Chilltowntv.the official home of the hip-hop oriented, animated web comedy, Chilltown.
Based on the hit underground comic book and created, written and animated by Leesa Dean, it revolves around the lives and mis-adventures of three underground hip-hop heads(G, Marv and Plad) straight outta Chilltown, NJ. Added in the mix: G's wannabe mogul cousin K Deuce and Lele, K Deuce's girl. Designed, at times, to skewer pop & rap culture, many of the episodes center around the music biz. Starring comedy stars Wil Sylvince (Wayans Brothers, Chapelle Show, Patrice O'Neal), Dante Nero (Patrice O'Neal, Chappelle Show, co-host Black Phillip Show), Victor Cruz (Law & Order, Blue Bloods, Victor Cruz Radio Show), Richie Bulldog (Richie Bulldog Certified) and Gil T (HBO Def Comedy All-Star Jam, Apollo Comedy Hour, Showtime's Comedy Club), the series features original music by producer DJ Wally Pish Posh (Alicia Keys, Black Star, Basketball Wives, Hip-hop Honors.) Chilltown is rated MA for strong language.
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Special Guest: WHiiTEBOY
WHiiTEBOY, twenty-three years old and raised in the Southward of Newark New Jersey, has come a long way from the hardships associated with living in the ghetto. Blessed with an incredible lyrical ability, his music serves as a window into his soul. WHiiTEBOY laces his music with wisdom and experience, serving as a memoir of his personal struggles and triumphs. His ability to seamlessly thread inspirational concepts and stories into a song has given him recognition throughout the New Jersey scene, and worldwide.
His versatile stance on music, combined with his unbridled ambition and marketable appearance, is destined to take him far in this industry. His strong team of EiE Entertainment and Talent Source Agency ensure that failure is not an option. He has also made an appearance on the VH1 Show ICE T'S Rap School, went on the American Most Wanted tour with Cash Money Records. In addition he opened for Maino in 2011 on the Maino Hustle Hard Buzz Tour. Living by the creed, "Expression Is Everything", it is certain that the game will never be the same once influenced by WHiiTEBOY'S perspective on life and the industry.
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Special Guest: Dub G
Dub G (Determination Ultimately Brings Greatness) Born April 29th 1989, Hometown: Irvington NJ An Original member of the Secret Society Franchise (06) , Co founder of Korruption (2011) with fellow Secret Society member King Braize, but more importantly an Uncle & Brother (Baby of 5). Early 2011 recruited RobGetIt who would become 1 half of the most controversial rap dues out of jersey to go viral #FBOTNation alongside "Mars".
Dub is currently working behind the scenes as a talent scout & ghostwriter preparing but has hinted at returning to the front line. Dub G has worked w/ fellow Jersey a artist from Lilly Black, TaxG, King Braize, Avarex, Kherk Cobain (151 Feva gang), Tah G Ali, Rob Get-It, Mars & Haff from 151 Feva Gang
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Live In The Cipher brings you hip hop legend Melle Mel. Here to talk about their current projects and the history of hip hop. Join us as we hear from this legend in the game!
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Special Guest: HIP HOP LEGEND MELLE MEL
Lyrical leader of the original Furious Five and founder of a splinter version of the group during the mid-'80s, Melle Mel wrote many of the legendary raps featured on Grandmaster Flash tracks. Born Melvin Glover, he and his brother Nate (aka Kidd Creole) (not the Caribbean dance-popster of the same name) joined up with Cowboy (Keith Wiggins) in 1978 to form the Three MC's, with production handled by Grandmaster Flash (Joseph Saddler).
After Scorpio (originally Mr. Ness, aka Ed Morris) and Raheim (Guy Williams) joined up as well, the group recorded two singles (one as the Younger Generation and Flash & the Five) before they became Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five and recorded the magnificent "Superappin'" for Enjoy, owned by R&B legend Bobby Robinson.
One year later, the group began recording for Sugar Hill and scored on the R&B charts with the wild party jams "Freedom" and "Birthday Party." In 1982, "The Message" became an instant rap classic, one of the first glimmers of social consciousness in hip-hop, and Melle Mel was responsible for many of the cutting lyrics. The record's enormous success ended up fracturing the group, however, despite subsequent successes like "New York New York" and "The Message II (Survival)." Melle Mel wasn't happy about sharing composer credits for "The Message" (especially with Sylvia Robinson), and Flash sued Sugar Hill, citing Robinson's conflict of interest (she not only co-owned the label, but produced and managed the group).
Though most of their beefs were directed at Sugar Hill and not inwards, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five split down the middle, with Flash departing for Elektra with Kidd Creole (Mel's brother) and Raheim while Melle Mel stayed put and formed his own version of the group with Cowboy and Scorpio. (After a court battle regarding rights to the name, Melle Mel was allowed the use of "Grandmaster" as well.) Late in 1983, Sugar Hill released Melle Mel's "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)," variously described as anti-drugs or pro-drugs, though the death of one of Mel's friends, a drug dealer, a few weeks before release caused him to add the parentheses.
Mel's best year came in 1984, when he rapped over Chaka Khan's platinum, Grammy-winning "I Feel for You" (the first exposure to rapping for mainstream audiences). He was also drafted for the rap film Beat Street, where Grandmaster Melle Mel & the Furious Five performed their new hit "Beat Street" (aka "Beat Street Breakdown") and appeared next to Afrika Bambaataa, the Treacherous Three, Doug E. Fresh, and Rock Steady Crew.
Mel recorded a pair of LPs for Sugar Hill during the mid-'80s, then reunited with Flash and the rest of the original Furious Five for a 1988 LP titled On the Strength. It failed miserably in an atmosphere that was decidedly anti-old school, and neither of them recorded for almost ten years. A 1997 record, Right Now, paired Melle Mel with Scorpio, but also failed to sell. His new project, Die Hard, debuted in 2001 with On Lock. John Bush, Rovi
Tonight on the live in the cipher show we bring you the long anticipated collaboration between Wu-Tang and D-Block. Veteran MC’s Raekwon, Ghostface, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P have blessed the hip hop world with numerous hip hop hits.
Special Guest: Big Pepp aka Rotten Peppers
Big Pepp aka Rotten Peppers, From Allover, New Jersey, Pepp has been in the game for a minute. With a deep respect for the Underground Hip Hop Movement, he would never consider himself a commercial artist. With ties to artists from Young Z to CL Smooth, Pepp has earned his respect on the underground scene. Born and raised in Orange, NJ, Pepp has made his rounds through New York to Atlanta and still conquering. He’s 1 man, but he doesn’t do it alone.
With the support of a strong team including, DJ Wally, The Burner Bros., StarkLove, Dirty Elegance and RPGeezus, success is inevitable. You could hear Big Pepp on his latest project with Leesa Dean performing the theme song for the web series ChilltownTV
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