Rapper TI out of prison, gets reality TV show

2011-09-01 13:42

Grammy Award-winning rapper TI was released after almost a year in prison yesterday, and a TV network swiftly announced a reality show deal with him.

The Atlanta entertainer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was sentenced in October last year to 11 months in prison stemming from weapons possession and drugs charges. It was his second stint behind bars in three years.

A US Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said the musician would spend the next month in a residential transition facility.

Hours later, cable channel VH1 said it had teamed up with the 30-year-old Got Your Back singer for a 10-episode series that will follow his readjustment to outside life and the making of a new album.

“Can the King of the South stay on the straight and narrow while juggling the chaos of his kingdom?’’ VH1 said in a statement.

The series will premiere on December 5.

“Viewers have always connected with TI and we are definitely thrilled to show the next chapter of this incredible artist’s riveting life,’’ VH1 original programming chief Jeff Olde said.

TI’s career began as a rapper in 2001 and he went on to find success as a record producer and actor in movies like Takers. He was arrested in 2007 on federal gun charges on the same day he was due to perform at the Black Entertainment Television awards, and later sentenced to one year.

But in late last year, he was deemed to have violated his probation when drugs were found in his car in Los Angeles and he was sent back to prison.

Federal prisoners typically spend the last portion of their sentences in Residential Reentry Centers, formerly called halfway houses, prisons spokesperson Edmond Ross said.

Prisoners normally are assigned to centres in or near their hometowns.

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