Just hours after receiving a one year federal prison sentence for his infamous October 2007 arrest for firearms possession, rapper T.I. surprised Atlanta fans with an impromptu appearance Friday night (March 27) alongside Grand Hustle’s newest star B.o.B.
Billed as the “D.C. x ATL” concert, the show, which took place at the CW Loft in Midtown Atlanta, originally boasted B.o.B, who now performs as Bobby Ray, and Interscope recording artist Wale as headliners.
The show featured some of the brightest up-and-coming talent from both cities, including Colin Munroe, who is signed to Dallas Austin’s Atlanta-based Rowdy Records; Playboy Tre, who often tours with B.o.B.; and Atlanta-based D.C. native Haziq, co-CEO of Tabi Bonney’s Sky Republic imprint.
Concert goers were treated to much more than they expected when T.I. appeared onstage to perform “On Top of the World” with B.o.B, which they followed with a freestyle backed only by a drummer.
After thanking the crowd for their support, the Grand Hustle leader made way for Big Kuntry.
Prior to T.I.’s appearance, fellow Grand Hustle artists Mullage and Killer Mike also performed.
On Friday afternoon, US District Judge Charles Pannell approved a plea agreement entered by T.I. and his legal team in March of 2008.
In exchange for his guilty plea on charges of illegal firearms possession and being a convicted felon with a firearm, the rapper, born Clifford Harris, was sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison.
He must also pay a fine of $100,000 and serve 500 hours of community service in addition to the 1,000 he had to complete over the last year.
T.I. is slated to being serving his time no earlier that May 19.