[artist id="1225081"]T.I.[/artist] is almost home. On Thursday, the Trap Muzik MC will have completed his current prison bid for a probation violation that stems from a September 2010 [article id="1647031"]arrest for drug possession[/article]. His longtime collaborator [artist id="1829009"]DJ Drama[/artist] looks forward to brighter days.
"Me and Tip have been friends, working together for almost a decade now, so we know what we gotta do. It's really time to get to work and get to the music," said Drama, who has present during T.I.'s recent recording sessions that he's been allowed to hold since being in a halfway house. "So I'm just happy when I was in the studio with him to really see where his focus was at musically and I was excited for the fans to hear it sometime real soon."
T.I.'s imprisonment was not only a blow to the hip-hop community, but it also left a void in his hometown of Atlanta. "It's always a good feeling," Drama said of the prospect of having Tip free yet again. "When somebody like Tip, who is so influential in the city, isn't around, we all feel it in a lot of ways. I look forward to it; I'm happy, man. Bottles on me."
Drama couldn't confirm whether the Grand Hustle CEO will make an appearance at this Saturday's taping of the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. It would be fitting that he make his return on BET's stage, but it's also [article id="1571888"]where T.I.'s legal drama began[/article], when he was arrested on federal gun charges in October 2007 just hours before that year's ceremony.
The DJ, who is preparing the release of his own album, Third Power, was able to talk about Tip's first post-prison track. The song, which is produced by rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T., was supposed to drop Monday but has not yet surfaced. "The record is hot," Drama teased. "Big K.R.I.T. deserves it. He's been working for a long time. So they're both fans of each other, so sh-- is definitely gonna be a nice sound for the ear."
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