Taking a page out of Michael Jordan's book when the hoops legend returned from his first retirement,
The imprisoned rap star's promotional Twitter account posted a message saying T.I. would have a major announcement to make on Monday, March 8. (His fiancée, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, confirmed the Twitter account was not a personal account and that it was set up by the rapper's label, Atlantic Records.)
On Wednesday, his official Web site, TrapMuzik.com, posted the artwork for T.I.'s new single, "I'm Back," urging visitors to return next week for a special premiere.
"Next couple days gonna be nice to rap game," rapper DJ Drama tweeted about the new T.I. single. "Fab 2morro, Drake Friday, Tip Monday. Niiice."
T.I. recently made his first public appearance since he began his stint in federal prison. The rapper joined Cottle last month for her Alzheimer's research fundraiser "For the Love of Our Fathers" at Atlanta venue Opera. While Tip is in the midst of a 366-day sentence, in late December he was released to a halfway house to serve out the rest of his term, thus allowing him to move about more freely. And the Atlanta MC has been using his time to work on new music.
Singer Trey Songz told MTV News in January that he visited Tip in the studio. The "Say Aah" star described the material as "some amazing stuff."
T.I. was sentenced to one year and one day or prison in April of last year, following an October 2007 arrest for attempting to purchase firearms. As a previously convicted felon, he was facing serious jail time and his career was thought to be all but over. Prosecutors, however, struck a deal with the charismatic star where he would counsel troubled youth and be subjected to home confinement in order to avoid a lengthy jail sentence. The rapper served over 1,000 hours of community service as a part of his plea deal. Upon his release from the halfway house, he's expected to complete additional community service and serve out the rest of his home confinement, which is believed to be anywhere from 20 to 60 additional days.
T.I. began his sentence last May.