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

By Allen Starbury  |  05/27/2009

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.