The name ‘Tiny’ is one that always rings a bell in the showbiz circle. Firstly, for being a part of the girls R&B voice group – Xscape, and for the drama that stems from her marriage to T.I. and their reality TV show. Real name Tameka Cottle, Tiny is a talented singer and a brilliant songwriter who has received a Grammy Award and several accolades for the hit song by TLC titled No Scrubs which she contributed to the writing of the lyrics. Her rise to fame came in the 1990s as a part of the four-person R&B group Xscape where she had several hit singles and won various awards alongside her group mates.
She was born Tameka Dianne Cottle in College Park in Georgia, United States. Her parents were Dianne Cottle and Charles Pope who was a famous R&B singer in the group The Tams.
Tameka joined the four-person group Xscape in 1992 while she attended a Performing Arts High School in Tri-Cities. The group got the chance to perform at producer Jermaine Dupri’s birthday party after which they got signed to his then newly-established record label – So So Def Recordings. Being a brilliant songwriter, Tameka contributed various songs to their platinum albums. Her contributions include Off the Hook, Trace of My Lipstick and Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha. While she was in the group, they won several awards and accolades including 2 Soul Train Music Awards and A-Town Music Award. She sang lead in six of their hit singles and recorded on soundtracks like Panther, Soul Food, Love Jones and Bad Boys.
Sadly, the group parted ways in 1998 after the release of their third album. It was rumoured that one of the many issues that contributed to their breakup was due to Tameka and Kandi trying to kick Tamika Scott off the group because she got pregnant.
Tameka Cottle and fellow group band mate – Kandi Buruss received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 2000 for writing No Scrubs which became a hit song for TLC. She also won two American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards for No Scrubs and No Pigeons in the R&B/Pop Music and Rap categories. She has worked and collaborated with exceptional musicians like Lil’ Kim, T.I., Bow Wow, and 8Ball & MJG. She also has writing credits on Ed Sheeran‘s Shape of You.
The group made a come back in 2005 with most of the old members and an additional member – Kiesha Miles. They released an album titled Unchained.
Tameka Cottle is part of a musical trio called OMG Girlz with her daughter – Zonnique and Kiesha Miles.
In 2014, Tameka made a return to the music industry under her personal record label called Pretty Hustle. Her first solo single- What The Fuck You Gon Do? reached the number 5 spot on the R&B/Soul Charts on iTunes within a few hours and peaked at the number 1 spot in less than 24 hours of release.
Tameka has not had much privacy in her private life, especially since she started a relationship with rapper T.I. Before their marriage in 2010, they already had 2 sons (King Harris born 2004 and Major Philant Harris born 2008) and they had their daughter – Heiress Diana Harris in 2016. Tameka Cottle has an older daughter – Zonnique from a previous relationship with Zonnie Pullins. She also has 3 stepchildren through her marriage to T.I.. Her relationship with T.I. has been rocky with several on and offs. She filed for a divorce in 2016 but later revealed that the divorce is off and they are working on healing their relationship and marriage.
Tameka and her family are involved in several reality TV Shows. Like the T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle which chronicles the happenings in their family – it premiered in December 2011. Another series titled Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip follows Tameka and Shekinah Anderson (her best friend) across the country in a mobile salon.
What Is Her Net Worth?
Tameka Cottle has been in the entertainment industry for several decades and has made a tidy sum for herself from her different endeavours. She has made money from singing, songwriting, films and television shows. Her net worth has been estimated at $3 million.
How Tall is Tameka Cottle of Xscape?
The singer is 4 feet 11 inches (1.50m) tall. Due to her small stature, she is called by the nickname Tiny which she is more popularly known with than her original name.