Rapper T.I. is reportedly working in the studio and has begun the process of putting together a new album for 2010.
According to "Whatever You Like" producer Jim Jonsin, the rapper has gone forward with a follow-up to 2008's Paper Trail.
"It doesn't seem like he missed a beat," Jonsin said in an interview. "He was so upbeat, his spirits were up, and he's excited to be out and working. He hasn't changed, he sounded exactly like he did when I talked to him months before he went in. He's back in the studio. I sent him some music via email. He can work during the week and not on the weekend, I believe. He's definitely working on an album for this year right now." (Rap-Up)
Writing via Twitter before having his message deleted, former Atlantic Records music executive Kevin Liles reportedly spoke on T.I. making new music last month.
Music executive Kevin Liles recently tweeted about a close acquaintance of his going in the studio to do work after visiting family. Is he talking about T.I.? He did just get home so he would be visiting family and eager to get to recording. "My right hand went home to visit family & found his way to the studio. He said 'why wait for 2010, get it in now' Love the attitude!" (Global Grind)
Lawyer Steve Sadow said the rapper returned to his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia in December.
"He was released this morning from his place of incarceration in Arkansas," Sadow said in an interview. "As I understand it, he's on his way back to the Atlanta area. He has to report to a halfway house in Atlanta sometime this evening. And he will then spend somewhere between the next two or three months in a halfway house, ending his Buruea of Prison sentence. A halfway house is more along the lines of a residential dormitory. You live within this house that is broken into areas for living, and you are permitted to leave during the day for certain reasons of which would be employment, medical reasons, things of that nature, and you return to the halfway house in the evening. So it's a restriction on your liberty but it's a way for you to reenter into society and not be confined within a jail type institution 24-hours a day." (XXL Mag)
Based on a conversation blogger Sandra Rose had with rapper Bow Wow associate and current Dismas Charities West inmate Bart Borders, T.I. should have no problem fitting in.
Bart, who is out on work pass until 10:30 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 p.m. on weekends, said the facility holds about 120 male inmates and 20 females. "But they have to stay on their side," said Bart. "The only time we get to interact with (the females) is around meal time." He said the halfway house has two TV rooms and two living rooms, and the food there isn't worth writing home about. "The food ain't worth nothing. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches," he said. "But T.I. has his own money, he can order out." Bart, who manages rapper T. Waters, a So So Def artist, said T.I. probably won't be able to leave on work release until after the New Year. But even then, he's not allowed to work for himself or for his family. So he can't work for Grand Hustle or any company he owns. "If I see him when I get there I'll tell him wherever he work at to make as least money as possible, because they getting 25% of his gross." (Sandra Rose)