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T.I. to Release 'No Mercy' From Jail December 7

Album inspired by his 'most recent best and worst life experiences'

November 4, 2010 1:13 PM ET

T.I.'s long-percolating next album has been slated for a December 7 release, according to a note the rapper posted on his website late Wednesday:

"The wait is almost over," he wrote. "My 7th album entitled No Mercy will be out on December 7th. This album represents some of my best work inspired by my most recent best and worst life experiences. They say adversity brings forth inspiration so y'all can imagine how inspired I've been during the recording process for this album. I've been taking stock of myself and digesting everyone's comments and criticisms. Now it's my turn to express myself and take you into my mind. The real won't hate and the truth won't wait! If God is with me who can be against me. — TIP"

No Mercy underwent a title change — it was originally called King Uncaged — after T.I. was sent back to prison last month; he was arrested in Los Angeles with his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, in September on drug-possession charges. The incident was ruled a violation of his probation, stemming from a weapons-charge conviction handed down last year, and he received an 11-month sentence.

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