Rap star Clifford “T.I.” Harris‘ “Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go” will air tonight (February 10) taking viewers into the rapper’s personal life as he aims to guide others to avoid the mistakes he’s made.
The premiere episode will reveal Tip’s thoughts and feelings upon losing his close friend and manager Philant Johnson along with being arrested on felony weapons possesion in 2007.
“This is really one of the first times that I’ve publicly opened up about the entire situation, telling the whole story,” Tip says in the show’s debut. “No amount of jail time is going to teach me the lesson that I learned in that moment…I’d always try to do the right thing…That grief, that pain, that anger mixed with the paranoia of knowing that the people who [killed Phil] had never been caught, that train of thought is what got me in that parking lot, October 13, 2007…Once you’re arrested by the federal government, you’re gonna be able to tell the difference, it ain’t no city cops.” (Episode One Press Screening)
Tonight’s show will also feature troubled Atlanta teenager Pee Wee as Tip attempts to give him eye-opening experiences.
In the premiere, T.I. hangs out with an 18-year-old named Pee Wee, who he seeks to shake up by locking him in a cell and later making him view a dead body. As for a legitimate career, Pee Wee says he’d like to act and later is given an opportunity to informally perform Romeo and Juliet. (Variety)
Throughout his interactions with Pee Wee, Tip reminds him of learning from mistakes the hard way.
“We’re gonna shake his world up a little bit and we’re gonna help him, whether he wants our help or not” Tip tells the camera referring to Pee Wee. “I’ll make a deal with ya, [Pee Wee]. I’ll take some of your advice if you take some of mine…You ever been to jail before? It took me going to jail so many different times, seeinig that I was wrong, learning from my mistakes, trial and error, rather than having someone tell me ‘You’re making a mistake,’ and learning from that.” (Episode One Press Screening)
Despite being a month away from having to serve a year and a day prison bid, the rapper is reportedly proud of his latest television project.
“Right now, there’s nothing else you can say about my charges or my circumstance that hasn’t already been said, so to keep wasting time on that, it’s not worthy and is not significant,” Harris told the Daily News. “Impacting the lives of at-risk youths in America and inspiring change? That is. People remember you for the last thing you did. If the last thing that I do isn’t negative, you won’t have a negative perception of my life.” (New York Daily News)
“T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go” is scheduled to premiere Tuesday, February 10 at 9 p.m. EST on MTV.