T.I. Uses Reality Show to Speak to Youth, Deal With Personal Demons
T.I.s days of freedom may be limited, but the rapper is making a last stand to illustrate the seriousness of his pending prison sentence with his upcoming MTV reality show.
T.I.s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go will chronicle the rap stars final days leading up to his one-year stint behind bars.
During that time, the rapper made time to talk to school and community groups about his past issues and ways to avoid duplicating the missteps he made, that resulted in his imminent prison time.
T.I. was sentenced to one year in prison on federal weapons charges after he 2007 arrested in Atlanta for allegedly trying to buy automatic weapons.
In addition to his prison time, the Atlanta entertainer was ordered to serve 1,000 hours of community service.
The community service included talking to youth about the hazards of gang life, drugs and guns.
The docu-series, which began filming in June and will continue to shoot until March, will allow viewers a further look into T.I.s world, as they share in the birth of his sixth child, the release of his latest album Paper Trail and efforts by the rapper to help a group of at-risk teens.
Additionally, the show will look at T.I.s struggle to manage his personal life while completing his required 1,000 hours of community service and coming to terms with going to jail at the height of his career.
To date, T.I. has done 864 hours.
Road to Redemption is not designed to be part of the community service hours the entertainer has to complete before beginning his prison sentence on March 27.
Overall, the rapper hopes the series will "scare teens straight" in an effort to steer them clear of the gang lifestyle and culture.
T.I.s Road to Redemption: 45 Days To Go will premiere February 10 on MTV.