News: DJ Drama Gives T.I. Update, "He'll Be Home Sooner Than Later" [Video]

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 9:04AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grand Hustle's DJ Drama has addressed recent rumors on T.I. being infected by a virus which hit his prison earlier this month and updated fans on the "King's" well-being.

Claiming he has yet to physically see him, Drama said Tip is, for the most part, in good spirits.

"Nah, I haven't talked to Tip directly," Drama explained in an interview. "But I was up at the office the other day and he's good. There were some rumors going on about some sickness or something that happened at the prison but all that's false, I know he's good. He's getting all the letters people are writing him and everything. Tiny has been up there multiple times even though he says he don't want nobody to come up and see him. I'm curious though, I definitely wanna know his reaction to the Michael Jackson situation, him passing and even in general you know. You think about all of the people locked up feeling the same way. Tip is good. He'll be home sooner than later. You know what I mean, get right back to work." (Mr. Peter Parker Show)

Reports broke out earlier this month about a virus spreading through Tip's prison.

Authorities say visits with inmates have temporarily been suspended at the federal prison in Forrest City because of an illness outbreak. The prison says visits have been temporarily suspended because of a number of inmates with a "suspected gastrointestinal virus." Prison officials say they don't yet know what's sickened the inmates, but that they don't suspect swine flu. A prison official says visiting hours will resume once the virus is contained. (WXVT News)

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Traci Billingsley confirmed the virus' existence.

A number of inmates recently became ill and have been treated at the prison, said Traci Billingsle. The symptoms appear to dissipate within 48 to 72 hours, she said. "Swine flu is not suspected because these all are all gastrointestinal-related," Billingsley said. Visits were suspended Friday. They will resume when medical personnel are certain there is no risk of exposure, Billingsley said. The prison in Forrest City is a low-security facility housing male inmates, including rapper T.I., who is serving a yearlong sentence on a weapons charge. (The Morning News)

Tip turned himself in to authorities last month.

Rapper T.I. reported to a federal prison in Arkansas Tuesday after a court imposed deadline to begin serving a weapons conviction...A federal prisons spokesman said after the deadline that Harris was not listed in custody. It's not clear if Harris will face any sanctions for apparently missing the deadline. Harris could face more than eight years in prison if he does not meet terms of his plea deal. (AP)

Tip is currently scheduled to be released from prison in 2010.

Check out DJ Drama's interview below:

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