T.I. Shooting Reality Show About His Legal Troubles, Community Service & New Album For MTV

We’re always the last to know. Turns out T.I. is turning his legal drama into an eight-episode MTV reality show.

Cameras will follow the rapper through many of his 1,000 hours of community service leading up to his yearlong prison sentence. Shooting will start this summer, T.I. will begin serving his sentence in early 2009, and MTV will air the series shortly after that. Shooting will respect his curfew of 1 am when working on a project, and 11pm otherwise.

The concept for the show apparently came about right after T.I. secured the plea bargain that brought his sentence down from four years to one.

T.I. said about the series, "Hopefully the mistakes I've made will be a lesson to today's youth and they won't go down that same path."

We told you the man's way charismatic when he talks to the kids. Revisit our clip of Tip putting in his community service here.

The series will also follow T.I. through the August 12th release of his new album, Paper Trails. And you can check out Tip's preview of the release right here, at MTVNews.com.