T.I. is going to be a free man in just a couple of days. Sources have confirmed that the Atlanta rapper, currently serving an 11-month sentence in Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas for a parole violation after an L.A. drug arrest, will be released to a halfway house on August 31. Tip will be walking out of jail about a month early, with his original release date listed as September 29 in public records.
The Grand Hustle honcho, born Clifford Harris, Jr., should be ready to get back to the business of making music soon after his release.
T.I.’s Smash company partner, producer La Mar “Mars” Edwards, is eager to reunite with Tip in the studio. “He let me know, ‘I got your back and stay close to me, you’re my brother,’ ” said Mars, who just produced Game’s The R.E.D. Album. “Ever since then, he’s really treated me like a little brother. He’ll call me to talk about life. It’s more to it than me being his production partner and having Smash Factory.”
While serving his sentence, the King has been keeping fans updated via his TrapMuzik.com website. In his latest entry, the “Live Your Life”
rapper revealed that it would be his final blog post since he expected to be released in September.
In that message, T.I. revealed that he planned to have his new music hearken back to material from his earlier days. “Next time you hear from me, I’ll be back out there with you,” he wrote. “Doing for those who can’t do for themselves and speaking for those whose voices are never heard. When I touch down, I’m going all the way back to square one, like I’m fresh in the game and never sold a record. Back on some I’M SERIOUS, TRAP MUZIK sh–. … But until then RESPECT to all who deserve it.”
The well-wishes he received from family, friends and fans inspired T.I. to sponsor a Memorial Day bus trip that brought the families of 14 inmates up for a visit who otherwise would not be able to.
Although authorities in Los Angeles eventually dropped the drug charges against T.I., he was still found guilt of violating the parole terms stemming from his 2007 felony weapons charge.