Grammy-winning rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris reportedly performed his final farewell concert over the weekend, just days before beginning a 366 day prison sentence.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based emcee’s last performance took place in his hometown.
T.I. told fans he would stay optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., performed for a packed audience Sunday (May 24) night in Atlanta’s Philips Arena less than two days before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day. “I’m going to stand up tall, head up high,” he said. “Thank you for all of your support.” Many in the packed crowd held up encouraging signs, like one reading “T.I. We Will Miss U!” (Associated Press)
The venue was reportedly filled with thousands of fans.
Talk about your farewell concerts. T.I. performed in Atlanta last night less than two days before he must report to prison to start serving a federal weapons conviction. The rapper told the audience of about 16,000 at Philips Arena: “I’ll see y’all in 366 days.” It’s that period a year and a day he has to serve after his guilty plea to charges of trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers from federal undercover agents in 2007. (KXMB News)
Tip was recently denied his request for a two-week prison delay and placement in a minimum-security facility located in Georgia.
Rapper T.I. must report Tuesday (May 26) to a federal prison at Forrest City, Arkansas, as previously ordered, a federal judge ruled Friday (May 22). His request was denied by U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. Lawyer Donald F. Samuel said he would continue to ask the federal Bureau of Prisons to re-classify the music star. (WMFB News)
While sentenced to 366 days, the rapper will likely serve just over ten months.
According to U.S. Attorney’s Office Spokesperson Charysee Alexander, the rapper was indeed given credit for the 305 days of home confinement he served while awaiting trial in the case, but that has nothing to do with his prison sentence. The confusion may have stemmed from mixing the credit for home confinement with the prison sentence, which are separate terms, Alexander said. Once T.I. completes the prison term, he will still have to serve out the remainder of his home confinement, she said, which will amount to about two months. Alexander explained that, at best, according to federal sentencing guidelines, anyone who serves more than one year in prison is eligible for a 15 percent “good time” credit, which in Tip’s case could shave almost 55 days off his sentence. (MTV)
T.I. is set to report to prison tomorrow (May 26) by noon.