ATLANTA — [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist] has been playing catch-up with his "Road to Redemption" kids since Thursday evening, when a few of them were flown into Atlanta, including Pee Wee, Anthony, Cynthia and Donald. Trey, another of the show's featured kids, lives in Georgia and drove to Atlanta.
After T.I.'s sentencing Friday morning, the rapper treated the kids to breakfast at the Social House, where he chatted them up.
"How's things going with that teacher of yours?" Tip asked Cynthia, who rolled her eyes in response.
Tip split his time in the restaurant between the kids and a table with his family. His mood was more than upbeat after learning his plea deal had been honored by the judge. He was jovial with the kids, while remaining stern at the same time.
"I hope you all enjoy your time down here," said T.I., who introduced all the kids to his lawyer, seated next to him. "We're gonna try to do as much as we can to continue your positive path."
Later, in a chat with Pee Wee, Tip brought up Mario, who appeared in episode eight.
"I heard he was arrested for attempted murder," T.I. said. The comment elicited a strong reaction from Pee Wee, who said he knew something bad was going to happen with Mario. Mario drew one of Tip's most drastic interventions in the series, with the rapper bringing the troubled teen into an ambulance to speak with a paramedic about the damages bullet wounds do to humans and confronted him with another person whose life had been tragically altered after being shot.
The kids all reflected on Tip's effect on their lives and thanked him profusely. The rapper also scheduled a shopping trip for the bunch to reward their dedication following their interventions. And on Friday night, the kids went to the Atlanta Hawks basketball game against defending champions the Boston Celtics.
On Saturday (March 28), Tip will sit down with the kids to discuss the ramifications of his sentencing, what it means for him and what they should take away from his lesson.
MTV News will have more from T.I. throughout the weekend, including Sway's exclusive interview with the rapper. Don't miss "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning," airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.