Rapper T.I. has been out of the public view for the last three weeks and now it’s clear why. The 23-year-old MC is behind bars in Cobb County, Georgia, for violating probation.
The probation stems from a November 1997 arrest and subsequent conviction for distribution of cocaine, manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance, and giving authorities a false name, according to a sheriff’s department spokesperson.
He served a sentence of unknown length and was released early on probation. It is not clear what he did to violate the terms of his release, but it is the second time he’s been accused of doing so. A county judge could revoke the terms of his probation and reinstate his original sentence.
T.I. alludes to his days as a young drug dealer in Atlanta on the hit song “Rubber Band Man.” The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, turned himself in to the sheriff’s department on March 30 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
More trouble awaits T.I. in neighboring Fulton County. Two arrest warrants were issued there in March — one for possession of a firearm and one for possession of ecstasy. Now that he’s in custody, T.I. will likely be extradited to face those charges after his case is handled in Cobb County, according to a Fulton County sheriff’s department spokesperson.
T.I. called in to Tampa Bay, Florida’s WLLD-FM in mid-March and explained he wouldn’t be appearing at an upcoming concert because he was preparing to turn himself in to authorities. “I was doing a little living on the wrong side of the law,” he told Wild 98.7′s morning show. “I’ve got a lot of loose ends to tie up, legitimately, before I can further my career.”
A court date for T.I. in Cobb County has not been scheduled yet.