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T.I. Steps Out of Prison, Back Into a Reality TV Deal

With the ink on his release papers barely dry, the ”Swagga Like Us“ rapper signs new deal with VH1

Some ex-cons have difficulty finding work after they've paid their debt to society. T.I., however, seems to be an exception.

The "Swagga Like Us" rapper, who was released from a federal prison in Arkansas Wednesday after serving 11 months for probation violation, will be the subject of a reality series, VH1 announced Wednesday. The as-yet-untitled series will premiere Dec. 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Prior to entering the big house on charges that stemmed from a weapons conviction, the Atlanta-raised rapper — born Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. — starred in another MTV Networks reality series, 2009's "T.I.'s Road to Redemption."

The new half-hour series — VH1 has ordered 10 episodes — promises to capture the rapper "at his most vulnerable state," as he re-acclimates to civilian life following his latest bout with incarceration.

The series will focus on his relationship with his wife, Tameka (aka "Tiny"), and present a behind-the-scenes look at the rapper recording his latest album.

“T.I. is such a multi-talented artist and actor, and though he has had some setbacks, there is no doubt he will use his considerable talents to get back on top of both the music and film business,” Jeff Olde, VH1's exec VP of original programming and production, said in the announcement.

T.I. has had several scrapes with the law; most recently, in October 2010, he was sentenced to 11 months for violating the terms of his probation after he and Tameka were arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles. 

The series is created and executive produced by 51 Minds’ Cris Abrego, Christian Sarabia, Rabih Gholam and Ben Samek (CAPI), as well as Category 5 Entertainment’s Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov (“T.I.’S Road to Redemption”). For VH1, the series is executive produced by Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Jeff Olde.