T.I.

According to All Hip Hop, T.I. recently launched a 12-city “farewell tour” to promote his latest album Paper Trail. This will be the Atlanta rapper’s last tour before he begins his year-long prison sentence in March, and he also said that he plans on working on new material for a brand new album while on the tour, which kicked off in St. Louis, MO last Thursday (Feb. 19th). Continue reading to peep the tour dates and to read about him speaking to a group of Atlanta students on the importance of education.

T.I.’S FAREWELL TOUR DATES

February 2009
25 – Fayetteville, AR – Barnhill Arena
26 – Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena
27 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
28 – St. Petersburg, FL – St. Pete Times Forum

March 2009
5 – Orlando, FL – UCF Arena
8 – Champaign, IL – Univ. of Illinois Assembly Hall
12 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
13 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome
14 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre
15 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center

T.I. TALKS TO ATLANTA YOUTH ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION

T.I. continued his community service requirements earlier today, speaking to troubled teens about the importance of school.

According to the Associated Press, the Atlanta rap superstar appeared in Georgia Supreme Court on Friday morning (Feb. 20) to speak to a select group of high school students about their future and more importantly staying out of trouble. Addressing the young kids – half of which are already serving sentences as juveniles – Tip advised them to keep up with their studies.

The speech was part of the mandated 1000 hours of community service the rapper was sentenced to last year as part of his plea deal on felony gun charges. Tip will also be serving one year behind bars as part of the sentence next month. He is currently documenting his effort to warn other at-risk youth on his MTV series “T.I’s Road to Redemption.” The show, which premiered on Feb. 10, airs every Tuesday until his lockup date on March 27th. – Elan Mancini

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