Tameka Cottle – Biography, Net Worth and Height

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Tameka Harris Cottle is an American singer and television personality. She was born on 14 July, 1975 in College Park, Georgia. She is also known under names like Lil Mama and Tiny, a nickname she has gotten because of her height. Tameka became famous during the 90s because she was a member of an R&B group called Xscape. She was singing lead vocals for the group on numerous hits, including “My Little Secret”, “Do You Want to Know” and “Understanding”.

After she had released three albums that went platinum with Xscape, Tameka wrote a song for a girl group TLC together with her friend Kandi Burruss. The song was called “No Scrubs” and it gained huge success in 1999 which brought Tameka a Grammy Award for the Best R&B Song.

Grammy is not her only award since she has had a lot of successful moments during her career. This TV star has won two Soul Train Music Awards, A-Town Music Award for “The Best Group” and ASCAP Award for co-writing a song “No Pigeons”. Besides that, she has won American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award for both Pop and R&B musical categories.

Even though she is famous for her successful musical career, Tameka is also recognizable because she is a daughter and a niece of the founders of The Tams. She was married to rapper T.I and had her reality show called “Tiny and Toya” and “T.I and Tiny:The Family Hustle”.

She is still active in music because she is a manager of her daughters group The OMG Girlz while still releasing singles under her label Pretty Hustle.

Height 4 ft 10 in / 150 cm
Weight 55 kg
Build Voluptuous
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown (lightened by surgery)

Childhood

Tameka Cottle was born on 14 July, 1975 in College Park, Georgia, as Tameka Dianne Pope. She is a daughter of Charles Pope, who is better known under his nickname Speedy, and Dianne Cattle. Her father is of African-American descent, while her mother is Caucasian. She grew up with her sister Michelle and her brother Red Pope.

During her childhood, Tameka was always surrounded with music because her father and her uncle Joseph were members of an R&B group called The Tams. The group was very popular during the 80s. When she finished elementary school she attended Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School. During her days at high school she would perform on smaller events where she was spotted by a producer Jermaine Dupri who got her into Xscape in 1992. She signed a record deal for his So So Def Recordings.

In 2013 Tameka’s father died which took her months to get over. She has always been very close to her family.

Career

After the producer had spotted her at a birthday party and after she signed a contract for a record label, the group Xscape was formed together with three other members, Kandi Burruss, Tamika and LaTocha Scott.

The group’s first studio album Hummin’ Comin’ at Cha was released on 12 October, 1993, while their second studio album was published two years later. They are famous for their three albums called Hummin’ Comin’ at Cha, Off the Hook and Traces of My Lipstick that are certified platinum. Tameka was singing on singles like “All I Need”, “Am I Dreamin” and “My Little Secret” that gained huge success during the 90s. Because of that the group won many awards, including Soul Train Music Awards for “Best New R&B Artist” and “Best R&B Album”.

Besides being a lead vocal on six singles, she contributed to songs like “Bad Boys”, “Love Jones” and “Panther”. After Xscape released their third album called Traces of My Lipstick in 1998, the girls decided to take a break.

Even though Tameka had decided to focus on her solo career, she re-joined with her former group member, Kandi Burrss, to make a song for a girl group called TLC. They received a Grammy Award for that project named “No Scrubs”. Tameka was also awarded with Americans Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award for the song, titling it “The Best R&B and Pop Song of the Year”.

Tameka went on and collaborated with Sporty Thievz on a track called” No Pigeons” which brought her ASCAP Rap Award for her contribution. While she was building her solo career she collaborated with big music names like T.I, Lil Kim, Bow Wow and 8Ball & MJG.

She had been building her solo career for five years, after which she decided to make a reunion with her ex group. Tamika Scott, sisters LaTocha and Tameka signed a new member to the group, Kiesha Miles, and then released a new album called Unchained. Its lead single was “What’s Up”. It was published in February, 2005.

After that, Tameka and a new ex-member of the group, Kiesha Milles founded their own project called OMG Girlz. They were managing the group while actively participating in song productions and performances. Besides two of them, Tameka’s daughter Zonnique is a part of the group, as well.

Tameka’s success can’t be seen through her musical work only. She became famous on mainstream television after she had married well known rapper T.I. Together, they had a reality TV show called “Tiny and Toya” which ran on BET TV during 2009. She also appeared in his music video for the song “Hello”.
Two years later she had a new show called ‘T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle’ which premiered on VH1.

On 22 July, 2014 she released her first solo single named “What The Fuck You Gon Do”. The single was published under her new label Pretty Hustle and it was a huge success. In less than a day it became number one on iTunes R&B/Soul musical chart.
During the same year she got another VH1 reality TV show called ‘Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip’.

Besides singing she is well known for writing songs for other artists, so it is not a surprise that she has helped Ed Sheeran on his hit single “Shape of You”. Tameka is currently focused on spending some quality time with family since she has a one year old daughter.

Even when she is not working, Tameka is very active on her social media. She has over 1.4 million followers on Twitter and almost 5 million on Instagram. Her net worth is estimated to be around 8 million dollars.

Personal life

Eight years before getting married to famous rapper T.I, Tameka was in a relationship with Zonnie Zeboe Pullins. They were together from 1992 to 1998. Tameka became a mother for the first time on 20 March, 1996 when she gave birth to her daughter Zonnique Jailee Pullins. The couple ended their relationship in 1998 when Pullins went to jail. He stayed in contact only with his daughter. Zonnique is a singer as well. She is in a group called OMG Grlz with her famous mother.

In 2000 she started a relationship with a well-known rapper and actor Clifford Joseph Harris Jr or T.I. They were dating for nine years before finally getting married on 31 July, 2010. She became a mother for the second time on 25 August, 2004 after she gave birth to her first son King C Andre Harris.

2007 was a hard year for Tameka’s family since she gave birth to a stillborn on 21 March that year. During that period she took some time off to grieve a loss of her daughter. One year later she gave birth to her second son and a third child Major Philant Harris.

She was also a step mom since T.I had three children from his previous relationship. Their names are Domani, Messiah and Deyjah Harris. In 2016 Tameka and her famous husband had another daughter, Heiness Dianna. At the end of the year she filed for divorce from her husband of six years.

Tameka was involved in some legal issues in 2010. She and her husband T.I were arrested for the possession of marijuana and ecstasy. They were also charged for road raging. That wasn’t the first time T.I had troubles with the law. He was arrested in 2006 because he violated his probation. A few years later he was arrested again for buying illegal weapons. He was sentenced to one year in jail but he got out early.

Tameka’s father died in 2013 because of Alzheimer’s disease. The singer grieved a loss of her father for a very long time since they were close.

Facts and Net Worth

Net Worth $3 million
Real Name Tameka Harris Cottle
Date of Birth 14 July, 1975
Place of Birth College Park, Georgia
Profession Singer
Facebook Page N/A
Instagram Tameka @ Instagram
You Tube N/A
Twitter Tameka @ Twitter
Sex-orientation Bisexual
Marital status Single
Children 4
Nationality American
Religion Unknown

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