ATLANTA — Following his sentencing to a year and a day in prison,
"I think I've become more of a patient person, more of a thinking person, more mild-mannered," he told MTV News' Sway during their interview as a part of "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning," airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. "And I just think I let a lot of the bullsh-- go. I have evaluated more, and I have a better understanding of what is and isn't worth my time."
T.I. spent episode eight of his MTV reality series reflecting on his own actions and behavior that led to his arrest. Now that his sentence is official, however, the rapper seems to have gained a new perspective about paying for his mistake, echoing the sentiment expressed in his latest hit. In the song "Dead and Gone," featuring Justin Timberlake, the lyricist says he's putting violence in his past.
"Some things in the past that I got involved with and got myself into just weren't worth my time; it didn't involve me," Tip explained. "If I'm here [he puts his hand above his head], and I'm involving myself with something down there [he puts his hand by his waist], it's just not worth my time. The energy and the effort and the thought and the time I put in it is useless."
The lesson that he learned is what he tried to impart to the "Road to Redemption" kids, he said. He's not with them every day, so he can't speak for where they will eventually stand. But Tip was hopeful that his time with the at-risk youths will go a long way.
"In speaking to them and checking up on them and speaking to the people who are around them every day, I get the understanding that they're different people than they were before we did the show," T.I. said. "That they think about what they do before they do it. And even if they choose to do the wrong thing ... at least now, they have a conscience. Before they didn't even think about it. They didn't feel bad about it. At least now if they do something wrong, they feel something. I think it started something. It's not the end all, be all, but I think it inspired and promoted change, and I think that's what it was there to do."
Don't miss "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: The Reckoning," airing Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.