March is shaping up to be a big month for [artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist]
The rapper announced new single "I'm Back" through a promotional Twitter account, and his lawyer confirmed to MTV News on Thursday (March 4) that Tip will be released from prison later this month. Federal Bureau of Prison records list the rapper's release date as March 26.
"That date is correct," lawyer Steve Sadow said via e-mail. "T.I. is now serving the remainder of his sentence in home confinement under the supervision of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons."
The rapper is in a halfway house, where he was transferred in late December. Upon his release from Dismas Charities Atlanta West later this month, he's still expected to complete anywhere from 20 to 60 additional days of home confinement, stemming from an arrangement he made with prosecutors before his prison stint began.
Originally, the rapper reached a deal that required him to complete 1,500 hours of community service, 1,000 of which had to be finished in a year before he would be formally sentenced. In return, the rapper secured a reduced jail sentence of one year and one day in prison. The length was significant, legal experts noted, because it allowed the rapper the chance for an early release; had he been sentenced to exactly one year, his options would have been less flexible.
Through a series of speeches to troubled youths, the rapper recorded well over 1,000 hours, though he still needs to complete the remaining time after his release to reach the full 1,500. Per his sentencing guidelines, T.I. also must submit to drug counseling and financial audits and maintain a curfew through the remaining home-confinement period.
After that, the rapper will be free to resume his normal schedule, which will presumably include finishing a new album. In total, the rapper — who began his sentence in May — will have served 10 months of a 366-day sentence.