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T.I. 'thankful' for lessons learned during prison stint
Rapper T.I. has reached out to fans from his
prison cell to express his gratitude for the "knowledge, growth and
understanding" he has received during his latest stint behind
The Live Your Life hitmaker, real name
Clifford Harris, Jr., is nearing the end of his 10-month sentence
for violating his probation and is due to walk free from Arkansas
Forrest City Correctional Facility next month (Sep11).
In his last message to devotees before his
prison release, T.I. admits he has learned and matured a lot in
recent months and, for that, he's grateful.
The post on his website reads: "What up
world? This will be my last message from Forrest City. Just
reaching out and sending my love, respect and appreciation to all
who have been ridin' with me throughout this chapter in my
"A lot of people who are aware of all that
has happened to me in my life say that there aren't many men who
could have endured and withstood so much pain, pressure and turmoil
while managing to remain sane and keep their wits about them. I
must say that I wouldn't have been able to do so without God's
grace and having a strong support system behind me every step of
"So often we spend time acknowledging the
presence of 'haters' and all the negativity they send our way but
we don't take the time to acknowledge and appreciate all the ones
who love and support us and supply us with the positive energy we
need to overcome. We complain about the pain so much that we don't
even notice how much stronger, wiser and better of a person the
suffering has allowed us to become.
"I know this won't be my last battle with
adversity but it has truly prepared me for whatever else may come
in the future. For that also I'm thankful. Now it goes without
saying that I hate I had to come back to prison for these 10 months
but I am truly grateful for the knowledge, growth and understanding
I've received from the experience."