Less than a month after being released from prison, T.I. is officially back in the studio, as we previously reported.
Although the rapper is currently staying in a halfway house, he’s allowed to leave for things work-related, but is required to be back by curfew.
According to TheBoomBox.com, producer Jim Jonsin confirmed rumors that TIP is recording for a new album sometime this year.
“He’s back in the studio. I sent him some music via email,” the producer said. “He can work during the week and not on the weekend, I believe. He’s definitely working on an album for this year right now.”
Jonsin worked with the Atlanta rapper on his hit “Whatever You Like” and is responsible for such hits as Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop.” He says T.I.’s prison stint hasn’t effected his music.
“It doesn’t seem like he missed a beat,” Jonsin said. “He was so upbeat, his spirits were up, and he’s excited to be out and working. He hasn’t changed, he sounded exactly like he did when I talked to him months before he went in.”
As for T.I.’s next album, Jonsin says they’re still crafting it, and there isn’t currently a timeline for its release.
“That’s really going to be determined by him. We’re supposed to get together or talk more about it soon,” he concluded. “But his last album was great and his sound already does really well, so I wouldn’t see him changing too much.”