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T.I. Throws Going-Away Concert, Reports To Arkansas Prison

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 05/27/09

T.I.On Sunday (May 24), T.I. threw himself a going-away party by performing at Atlanta's Philips Arena before a packed house, two days before he reported an Arkansas prison to begin serving a 366-day sentence for purchasing illegal firearms.

During Sunday's concert, the rapper kept the same theme he's been speaking about ever since getting himself into this predicament: learn from his mistakes.

"I'm doing the best I can to get out there, man, and put something positive on these young kids, man," T.I. said during the show. "I try my best. I need y'all help, though."

T.I. performed such hits as "Whatever You Like," "Live Your Life" and the Grammy-winning "Swagga Like Us," before a sold-out crowd of at least 16,000

The rapper played to a sell-out crowd of 16,000 people, said Kenan Woods, a spokesman for the arena. T.I., whose given name is Clifford Harris, played through much of his catalog, including the hits "Whatever You Like," "Live Your Life" and the Grammy-winning "Swagga Like Us," Woods said.

During the show, Soulja Boy joined him on stage, as well as five children and mother. The concert was dubbed "T.I.'s Final Goodbye Bash."

On Tuesday (May 26), he reported to an Arkansas federal prison. According to reports, T.I. is now in custody at the low-security wing of the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex, where the rapper will circulate with the rest of the inmates without preferential treatment.

His sentence was part of a plea deal T.I. agreed to, in connection with an arrest in October 2007 in which federal agents caught Tip attempting to purchase an array of guns, a crime for a previously convicted felon such as T.I.

He was given 1,500 hours of community service -- 1,000 of which would be completed before serving his sentence, and 500 following completion of his prison term -- and pay a $100,000 fine, in addition to a 366-day prison term.

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  • Jride

    Your telling me this mutherfucker still aint gone to jail yet? LOL.. I thought he was already there. Hes doin his best to get out of this shit including TV shows

  • Vengeance IS MINE!!!!!!!!

    MAN, HE AIN'T IN JAIL....

    HE IN DETENTION IN SOME SCHOOL....

    "T.I. is now in custody at the low-security wing of the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex"
    ?????????????????????????????????

    WUT THA F*CK IS THAT?????????????

    THAT AIN'T JAIL..................

    HE CHILLIN WITH A BUNCH OF RICH WHITE FOLKS.....

    GENERAL POPULATION???? MY AZZ!!!!!!!!

  • X felon

    Isn't he rich enough to have people kill the people he don't like? black people are so stupid. 50 bucks and one of his crack head black hommies would carry the gun and use it for him. Do black people especially rappers are just plane stupid douch bags. I bet he would have made a good cotton picker. I guess thats what hes going to be doing now. Whitie out

  • http://akfjsklf Chizaney

    TIP is my man...but this dude was dumb as hell for sendin his bodyguard around town gun shoppin @ pawnshops! He doesn't have homies in the hood w/ guns for sale? And meeting up @ WALGREENS 2 make the purchase? I heard he's only doin like 3 months cuz his house arrest counts as time served...thats some bogus shiiiiiiit

  • Down With T. I. the King

    Many of people in this world has made mistakes and no one is perfect. So for anyone to judge the mistakes T. I. made hey take a step back and look at yourself as well. T.I. is a great influence on the young and the old so keep doing yo thang once you get out T.I. we love you.