May 26th, 2010
09:52 AM ET
Rap star T.I. wrapped up his one-year-and-a-day prison sentence in December after serving only seven months, and he’s wasted no time getting back to work.
The artist's single "I'm Back" has been a hit on Billboard charts, his new movie "Takers" will hit the big screen in August and fans are waiting in anticipation for his next album release.
That's because from the first day of his release, "The first thing on my mind was, ‘Alright, let’s get to it,’ ” T.I. told Access Hollywood in an interview. “I was told that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I’m out there trying to do the things that I love, and if I love it, I’ll want to do more of it. I love surprising people and myself.”
While playing the role of instructor, T.I. also learned a lot himself. He doesn’t regret the actions that led to his arrest - “Regret is such a strong word,” he said - but he does “acknowledge that it was a very, very poor decision.”
But, he added, “I also acknowledge the clear and present danger I was in at the time. Had I not been in that position, surely I would not have made those decisions, but even in that position, I realize I should’ve exercised better judgment.”
In the end, he used his time in prison to focus on ways he could "put the past behind [him] and move on to a far better future," he said in the interview. "If you're willing to examine yourself, you can make the best of it and use it to your advantage."
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