T.I. Writes Letter to Fans from Prison
Southern rap king T.I. isn’t due to be released from Arkansas Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Low until September 29, but he has already started on his comeback PR blitz, beginning with a letter written to fans from behind bars.
“What up world?” posted T.I. to his website, trapmuzic.com. “This will be my last message from Forrest City. Just reaching out and sending my love, respect and appreciation to all who have been ridin’ with me throughout this chapter in my life and not just recently but since all the things started happening one after another back in ’06.”
In the long-winded letter, T.I. thanked fans for continued support and subtly apologized for the defaming actions which led to his most recent prison bid. He even quoted Friedrich Nietzsche by way of Tupac Shakur, writing, “To live is to suffer and to survive is to find meaning in that suffering.”
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., is finishing up a nearly year-long prison sentence for violating his probation in 2009 after authorities found drugs in his car. He had just been released from a one-year sentence for weapons charges in 2007 when he was found with the drugs.
“Now it goes without saying that I hate I had to come back to prison for these 10 months but I am truly grateful for the knowledge, growth and understanding I’ve received from the experience. Next time you hear from me I’ll be back out there with you.”
The pint-sized rapper is already planning to release a new album after his release from prison, and he has tapped producer Mars, who is to rapper Game what Danger Mouse was to Ceelo Green, to be his go-to music guru on the newest project.
“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,” Tip wrote. “Back on some I’M SERIOUS, TRAP MUZIK shit… But until then RESPECT to all who deserve it. I’ll be back at you in a minute.”
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