May 26th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

T.I. 'made the best' of prison sentence

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 he was serving time for weapons charges, T.I. found himself taking on the role of educator, teaching a class on self-enrichment. “[There were] people in there who hadn’t done anything but what got them in trouble. They’re on their way out and they have no idea what it is they could be doing,” he said. “Some people feel like their only option is the same thing that got them in there. I was speaking on the platform of, ‘You never know what you can accomplish.’ ”

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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  1. kimazzaro

    You see this is what I'm always talking about. Our youth glamourizing the rappers and their bad behavior. They should be banned from ever performing again , especially on such a serious charge. What if someone got killed with one of those guns by accident. You people just dont get it . if you don't change your way of thinking you will remain the same way for the rest of your life. You are the future of this country. Our youths need to make better decisions about who they idolize and who they choose to represent us as a whole. If you are going to retire in the next 15 years what values will be used to shape and protect your destiny, or will you just be forgotten and die because of the grown up bureaucrats that represent negative moral values and can't stand their parents and don't respect authority in any way. It's really the wild wild west all over again.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. OilBaron

    If I had been absurdly charged with the same offense, I wouldn't give a crap about the word regret either. He got 7 months – no big deal. The prosecutors whos names have already been forgotten earned their 2 minutes of fame and got their panties wet. The jokes on them. He will earn in a month what they will never earn in 10 lifetimes and no one will appreciate them for anything. So the regret is certainly theirs and I am embarrassed for them since they do not have the mental capacity to understand it for themselves. Another classic case of D list lawyers exacting self-hatred onto the public.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. bogtrotter52

    I'm sure he will end up back in prison one day. Like most rap "artists" he is short on brains as well as talent.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. ruffnutt

    @elizabeth he'll be ok, might walk a little bo-legged tho when he gets back

    May 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yolanda

    Welcome back, now you know who your friends are. Concentrate on yourself and you family and no one else.

    Again, welcome back.

    May 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rico

    I doubt he had to been over cuz in prison people do read if you are a G or a make believe gangsta..But most likely people of that status are uselly in protective custody cuz of their status...Just look at Little Wayne

    May 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. elizabeth

    This is a fresh start for t.i. and i hope he use it in a good manner which i know he will he is a talented person i just want to say that my son is incarcerated and i hope he will learn from this he need to cause this is his first time going to prison i hope he will be alright

    May 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuckles

      Did you tell him not to bend over in the shower, Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech

      May 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |

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