T.I. Prison release

Atlanta rapper T.I. is finally a free man after serving nearly a year behind bars for a probation violation last summer.

TIP was released one month early from a federal prison, where he was serving his sentence. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the rapper, real name is Clifford Harris, was released at 7:29 a.m. Central time from the Forrest City low-security prison in Arkansas.

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Shortly after his release, TIP hit up fans on Twitter:

“Feels great to be back where I belong…Back in the arms of those who need me the most.”

“The storm is over & da sun back out. IT’S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!” (T.I. Twitter)

T.I. will be starring in a yet to be titled 10-episode reality show series, airing on December 5th at 10 p.m.

Each half-hour episode will see him “re-acclimate back into his life as a father, husband, son and friend, as well as a musician, a clothier, a businessman, and an actor.” He will also document the recording of his new album, the follow-up to last year’s No Mercy.

“Viewers have always connected with T.I. and we are definitely thrilled to show the next chapter of this incredible artist’s riveting life with this new series,” said Jeff Olde, EVP, Original Programming and Production VH1. “T.I. is such a multi- talented artist and actor, and though he has had some setbacks, there is no doubt he will use his considerable talents to get back on top of both the music and film business.”

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