RAPPER T.I., who was sentenced to a 366-day prison sentence in March, reported on Tuesday to a federal prison complex in Forrest City, Arkansas, according to WSB-TV.
T.I. performed to a packed crowd last Sunday, days before he was to start a prison term.
The rapper â€”whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr â€” was required to be at the prison before noon local time to begin serving his sentence on federal weapons charges.
According to news reports, officers from Forrest City and the prison set up a roadblock along Arkansas Highway 1 about one-tenth of a mile from the complex. Reporters were not allowed any closer to the prison.
T.I. threw himself a going-away party on Sunday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, before a packed house. During Sundayâ€™s concert â€”- called â€œT.I.â€™s Final Goodbye Bashâ€ â€” the 28-year-old Grammy winner reiterated a message thatâ€™s become familiar in recent weeks: He wants others to learn from his mistakes.
â€œIâ€™m doing the best I can to get out there, man, and put something positive on these young kids, man,â€ T.I. said during the show. â€œI try my best. I need yâ€™all help, though.â€
The rapper played to a sell-out crowd of 16 000 people, said Kenan Woods, a spokesman for the arena. T.I. played through much of his catalogue, including the hits Whatever You Like, Live Your Life and the Grammy-winning Swagga Like Us, Woods said.
At times in the show, Harris was joined on stage by fellow rapper Soulja Boy and by his five children and mother, Woods said.
T.I. was sentenced in March on weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers. â€” CNN.