So long, Clifford! it’s back to The Big House for rapper T.I.
On Friday, “Swagga Like Us” rapper T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in jail for violating the terms of his probation after he was arrested in September on suspicion of possessing ecstasy.
“I screwed up. I screwed up big time and I am sorry,” the 30-year-old father of five, told US District Judge Charles Pannell, who also ordered him to serve a year of supervised release. Friday’s hearing stemmed from a Sept. 1 collar in Los Angeles, during which the “Whatever You Like” hitmaker — whose real name is Clifford Harris — and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle where arrested when cops found drugs in the couple’s car.
Even by hip-hop standards, the self-professed “King of the South” has had a storied history with the long arm of the law. He’s a convicted felon with a host of drug arrests dating back to his teens. In 2007, T.I. — a 13-time Grammy nominee and three-time champ — faced a possible 30 years in prison on federal gun charges. A judge eventually sentenced him to just one year in jail after he pleaded guilty and agreed to do 1,000 hours of community service, warning young people about the dangers of drugs and gangs.
Of course, T.I. won’t be changing back into an orange prison jumpsuit without adding one more good deed to his resume.
On Wednesday, T.I. helped persuade a 24-year-old Atlanta man not to jump from a 22-story building in Atlanta’s Peachtree District.