The King is headed home. Earlier today, T.I.’s buddy DJ Drama re-tweeted a message from Grand Hustle general manager Hannah Kang that says the rapper is walking out of prison bright and early. “ATTENTION: at 7am on Wednesday morning @TIP will be back on his way HOME #itstheKINGbi–h #grandhustle4life,” read the message, though it has since been deleted.
The Grand Hustle honcho, born Clifford Harris, Jr., should be ready to get back to the business of making music soon after his release.
T.I.’s Smash company partner, producer La Mar “Mars” Edwards, is eager to reunite with Tip in the studio. “He let me know, ‘I got your back and stay close to me, you’re my brother,’ ” said Mars, who just produced Game’s The R.E.D. Album. “Ever since then, he’s really treated me like a little brother. He’ll call me to talk about life. It’s more to it than me being his production partner and having Smash Factory.”
And T.I.’s friend and collaborator DJ Drama also recently revealed that T.I. is working on a book. “8/31 — #kingback. @Tip,” Drama tweeted on Monday (August 29).
While serving his sentence, the King has been keeping fans updated via his TrapMuzik.com website. In his latest entry, the “Live Your Life” rapper revealed that it would be his final blog post since he expected to be released in September.
In that message, T.I. revealed that he planned to have his new music hearken back to material from his earlier days. “Next time you hear from me, I’ll be back out there with you,” he wrote. “Doing for those who can’t do for themselves and speaking for those whose voices are never heard. When I touch down, I’m going all the way back to square one, like I’m fresh in the game and never sold a record. Back on some I’M SERIOUS, TRAP MUZIK sh–. … But until then RESPECT to all who deserve it.”
The well-wishes he received from family, friends and fans inspired T.I. to sponsor a Memorial Day bus trip that brought the families of 14 inmates up for a visit who otherwise would not be able to.
Although authorities in Los Angeles eventually dropped the drug charges against T.I., he was still found guilt of violating the parole terms stemming from his 2007 felony weapons charge.