With only days left until T.I. is released from an Atlanta halfway house back to his own home, the Grand Hustle MC is making his musical return known.
First, Tip premiered "I'm Back" earlier this month on his Web site and announced plans for a new album to be released August 24. Now, the Grammy-winning rapper joins Jamie Foxx and Justin Timberlake on a song called "Winner."
The track, expected to land on Foxx's next album, was leaked last year featuring just the two singers. A new version, however, which premiered on Power 105 jock DJ Envy's New York radio show Tuesday afternoon (March 23), features a guest verse from T.I.
"I'm the fresher, go ask whoever that," Tip raps. "King back, money long as an old Cadillac."
The rapper was sentenced to one year and one day in prison last March after striking a plea deal with prosecutors stemming from October 2007 gun charges.
In December, T.I. was transferred from prison to a halfway house to serve out the rest of his term, where he was allowed to travel to the studio to work on music and he made a few public appearances, most notably at a charity function organized by his fiancée, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle.
T.I. hasn't spoken to the media since he turned himself in, but he issued a brief statement to DJs during a conference call after "I'm Back" debuted. The rapper graciously thanked the group for their support but did not take any questions afterward.
"I appreciate the support and how hard I was going in during the brief hiatus," he said. "The support don't go unnoticed, and I don't take it lightly. This marks a special day for us, because we putting out the first song off the album — not an official first single, just something to keep the streets warm. It's properly entitled 'I'm Back.' It's a lot of things that needed to be spoken on. In my absence, it was a lot of things that went down, a lot of matters that needed to be addressed. This was the greatest platform for me to do it. It was the first song I did when I came home. You get me fresh out the box going in. I'm sure you guys will enjoy it."
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