T.I. said a temporary goodbye to friends and family at a farewell concert this weekend. Tip, who’s expected to report to prison today, performed at his native Atlanta’s Phillips Arena to a sellout crowd of 16,000, CNN reports. “T.I.’s Final Goodbye Bash,” as the concert was dubbed, featured a set list stocked with many of the rapper’s biggest hits, including “Whatever You Like” and “Swagga Like Us.” The performance also included appearances by Soulja Boy and Tip’s five children, who came onstage with their mother. “I’m doing the best I can to get out there, man, and put something positive on these young kids, man,” T.I. said. “I try my best. I need y’all help, though.”
As part of his plea bargain, T.I., born Clifford Harris, has spent the last year visiting schools and youth groups warning about the dangers of violence. T.I. was sentenced to a 366-day prison sentence stemming from an October 2007 incident when the rapper had his bodyguard purchase $12,000 worth of weapons. Due to a prior conviction on felony drug charges in 1998, Tip was not permitted to own firearms.
Under the plea bargain, T.I. was also held under house arrest and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. During that time, T.I. recorded his latest LP, Paper Trail. The rapper is scheduled to begin his 366-day jail term today, May 26th, but the rapper’s time behind bars will reportedly be reduced to credit the days T.I. spent under house arrest. Last week, Rock Daily reported that T.I.’s lawyers filed an appeal to have the rapper’s prison term moved from the Forrest City Federal Correctional Complex in Arkansas to a minimum security facility closer to Atlanta.