T.I. boards a party bus to a halfway house, ends up back in federal penitentiary


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If T.I. isn’t careful, his entire life is going to be like The Godfather Part III, both in the sense that just when he thinks he’s out, he gets pulled back in, but also in the sense that it’s becoming a terrible series of borderline-ridiculous contrivances that end in sadness.

The Atlanta rapper, born Clifford Harris, was released from the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas on Wednesday, where he was supposed to be transferred to a halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence for probation violation (which stems from the weapons charge that put him behind bars the first time). After exiting the prison, he hopped aboard a party bus with his entourage and took off for his home city.

Apparently that didn’t sit well with prison authorities, who sent him to a different federal prison in Georgia, where he currently resides (officials didn’t specify where). It’s unclear whether or not he would be finishing his sentence there or moved to another halfway house. The rapper has one month remaining on his sentence.

This incident should make his VH1 reality series instantly interesting, as a crew began to film him and follow his recovery from prison life as soon as he stepped outside the walls of Forrest City. The 10-episode run is expected to begin in December, though it’s unclear how these new developments will effect shooting.

In the meantime, Tip has a ways to go before he can fully make it back. Not only does he have his time away to make up for, but he also has a dud of an album (2010’s No Mercy, released just after he went back behind bars for the probation violation) to come back from. Think he can do it? Let us know in the comments.

Read more on EW.com
T.I.’s post-prison life to be chronicled in upcoming VH1 reality show
T.I. released from Arkansas prison
Review: T.I., No Mercy

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  • Phil

    T.I. and DMX should realize they are prime targets with the police and law enforcement now, and that honestly they shouldn’t even jay walk, or are gonna wind up with tickets. Having camera crews and entourages following them around, need to be things of the past, cause if their entourage screws up …guess who’s gonna be the prominent rapper who’s been in and out of jail thats gonna pay for it? Wake up and realize your former lives are officially over.

    • Alex F

      I love it when bad things happen to talentless d-bags.

      • Jace

        He’s a loser!

      • Rob

        p-a-r-t-y party bus!!! woo-hoo!


      • roe

        Alex… and your two buddies are losers and haters…did I forget ignorant? woo hoo…d-bags. Im sure you dont have any money or a life.

  • Clete

    Wasn’t the smartest thing to do. Should have learned that while in the joint….you dance where they tell you.

  • ddl

    to bad he didn’t step in front of the bus!!!!!

  • Chase

    Yaaaayyy… As a black man living in Atlanta who really hates TI’s music, I am so glad I have a couple more months of reprieve of not listening to him on the radio… Thank you FDIC, you’ve made my day..

    • roe

      Chase you sound ignorant!

  • steph

    what an idiot.

  • Stephen

    I’m suprised T. I didn’t have a loaded pistol ready to be handed to him upon his release. To point in the air and shoot off a couple rounds to celebrate his release.

    • nah

      ah u stoooooooooopid!

  • jason

    are you serious??? wow…i jus said like 1 day he needs to stay out FOREVER…2 days wtf Tip….wat are you doin homie…DO THE RIGHT THING AND GET OUT..MAKE SOME MUSIC…damn what a waste

    • Nance


  • Half Slice

    Can we please not refer to him as Tip? There is only one Tip in hip hop, and that is Q-Tip. ATCQ!

  • Lolita

    I dont understand, is there a law that says you cant take a party bus to a halfway house?

  • Jeff

    What, exactly, does a “party bus” mean? I read it was his own TOUR bus that he got on. Probably not the best move I suppose, but hardly seems a reason to pull him back in jail. They agreed to let him provide his own transportation, so what does it matter how he gets there? Whole thing seems a bit weird to me…

  • …..

    Can that guy to stay out of trouble?

  • Doctor Who Fan

    Very sad by the time he makes it out people is going to forget who is or become a Linsay Lohan just relevant for scandal and legal wows not for their craft and be ridiculed and make no money. Very sad.

  • Swayz

    All we wanna do is Party and bullsh*t. Just Party and bullsh*t!

  • nah

    what had happened was……

  • PN

    I think they were offended by the luxury bus going down the road to Atlanta in the photos. That they should have wanted T.I. to go in an unmarked or anonymous car to the facility. It made them think that he was escaping prison or thinking that he was going scot-free. T.I. and his manager or management didn’t handle this right. It just sends the wrong message sometimes, given his tough guy with smooth coolness raps on his rap records.

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