According to Tip, he paid for a sponsored bus trip to take 46 family members to his Arkansas jail facility.
“I’ve been blessed to receive tons and tons of mail from my fans, family and friends, as well as get visits on a regular basis. Unfortunately some guys aren’t as fortunate,” T.I. said in a statement obtained by MTV News. “There are a lot of good dudes in here that haven’t been able to see there loved ones in years. Their families can’t afford the trip so I wanted to help out.” Family and friends who took part in the bus trip, dubbed “To See a Love One,” boarded a chartered bus in Atlanta and Alabama on Saturday and visited the prison on Sunday and Monday (May 30). (MTV)
While sentenced to 11 months in jail for a probation violation last fall, Tip is currently slated to return home in September.
T.I. is coming home. The incarcerated rapper, born Clifford Harris, Jr., will be released from Arkansas’ Federal Correctional Institution Forrest City Low on September 29, 2011 after completing his 11-month sentence for violating his parole. (Hip Hop DX)
Last November, Grand Hustle’s Young Dro spoke on T.I.’s time behind bars for probation violation.
“I talked to T.I. a few days before he went in. We were just riding around, kickin’ it in the Maybach, just going over our plans for the future. But it wasn’t on no sad shit. He’s still in high spirits. ” Dro tells VIBE. “We were talking over shrimp and oyster like bosses…I called him again the night before he went in to just reassure him and let him know I’m P$C for life. He knows I’m a winner, and I’m going to make sure everything is in order until he comes back home…T.I. is my homeboy for life. Everything I do is for Grand Hustle. He knows he made mistakes and he’s manning up to all of it.” (VIBE)
Earlier this year, Tip’s wife Tiny discussed wanting to take her husband’s charge.
“I feel like, if you don’t know the details on it, you can’t say I could take the fall,” Tiny says, her sugary drawl laced with frustration. “If I could have, I would have said, ‘Well, yeah, that’s me.’ But it wasn’t able to be done. And for one, there were other people–other friends in the car–that could have taken the fall, but it couldn’t happen.” Tiny stresses that the couple have (finally!) learned their lesson. “It’s time-out for any nonsense,” she says flatly. “We know what to do now. Not that we didn’t then–but things happen.” Tiny stresses that the couple have (finally!) learned their lesson. “It’s time-out for any nonsense,” she says flatly. “We know what to do now. Not that we didn’t then–but things happened, you know. Now it’s for sure. He’s never gonna go back to jail. We can’t have that.” (XXL Mag)
T.I. and Tiny were initially arrested last summer in Los Angeles on drug possession charges resulting in the rapper serving an 11-month sentence for a probation violation beginning November 2010.
Check out some recent pre-jail T.I. footage down below: