T.I. Free!

T.I. Free!

T.I. is finally a free man. After nearly a year of incarceration, rife with legal twists and turns, the award-winning rapper has now been released from his stint at an Atlanta halfway house, ending his 11-month prison sentence.

According to the Associated Press, T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr., was released on Sept. 29.

“He’s out, he’s good,” said Jason Geter, T.I.’s manager and Grand Hustle cofounder.

T.I.’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, also released a statement to MTV News, relaying her joy over her husband’s release.

“I’m excited our family is back together,” she said. “Tip definitely completes us.”

The rapper is expect to appear at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 1 and plans to attend a welcome home brunch with family and friends in Atlanta on the following day.

T.I.’s legal drama first began in 2007 when he was arrested on felony gun charges. In 2009, the No Mercy emcee was sentenced to a year and one day in prison, although he only served nine months of his sentence. In October 2010, T.I. and his wife were arrested while driving through Los Angeles after police found drugs in their vehicle. Though the L.A. County district attorney’s office declined to press charges, the arrest violated T.I.’s parole and he was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

After serving 10 months in an Arkansas prison, T.I. was moved to an Atlanta halfway house but quickly removed the next day and returned to federal custody after prison officials objected to the fact that he traveled between the two destinations with Geter and two VH1 producers. After his attorneys fought the move, T.I. was finally sent back to the halfway house on Sept. 15, where he served out the remainder of his sentence.

Watch footage of T.I.’s exit from the halfway house here. –nicholas robinson

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