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Rapper T.I. released from Forrest City prison early

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(WMC-TV) - Atlanta-based rapper T.I. was released one month early Wednesday from a federal prison, where he was serving a weapons violation sentence.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said the artist, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was released at 7:29 a.m. Central time from the Forrest City low-security prison in Arkansas.

T.I.'s attorney, Jonathan Leonard, said his client is grateful to be free after 10 months in prison.

"He sounds very energetic," Jonathan Leonard said Wednesday. "He's with his wife now.  He's just very, very excited about getting back to being a husband and being a father to his kids."

T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison in October for breaking his federal probation after he was arrested in Los Angeles on drug charges. He was set to be released at the end of September, but prison authorities released him a month early.

His first tweet Wednesday said, "Feels great to be back where I belong..."

Leonard said T.I. is excited to return to his career.

"He's a multi-media superstar...film, TV, music, and he has an unbelievable apparel company, Akoo.  He has all types of business ventures and a number of charitable activities," Leonard said.

Leonard could not talk about the details of the release, but did confirm it involves a halfway house.

"He is still under the control of the Bureau of Prisons. They are giving him his directions as it related to the halfway house. Their instructions are internal, they are given to only him," Leonard said.

Leonard said the Atlanta native is grateful for support from fans in the Mid-South and across the nation.

"That's been the sentiment throughout his difficulties, his legal challenges," Leonard said. "He's always had unbelievable fan support and he is very appreciative."

Variety is reporting that a reality show is in the works about T.I.'s life.

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