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T.I. Is Free! Here Are 10 Essential Hip-Hop Albums He Missed Behind Bars


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T.I. is free. Again. The rapper, who entered Arkansas' Forrest City Correctional Facility on October 15th following a probation violation, was released early this morning. T.I. was originally scheduled for release on September 29th, but he'll serve out the remainder of his punishment at a halfway house or under home confinement, TMZ reports. "Feels great to be back where I belong...Back in the arms of those who need me the most," he tweeted after his release. "The storm is over & da sun back out. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!!!!! Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending!!!!"

Nobody's sure why the rapper was released early yet, but we're guessing it wasn't because of good behavior. T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison last October after violating his probation by taking a drug-fueled joyride in a Maybach down the Sunset Strip. Prior to that, Tip spent six months behind bars -- also at Forrest City Correctional Facility -- and three months in an Atlanta halfway house after pleading guilty to federal gun charges. T.I.'s last album, No Mercy, was released while he was incarcerated.

Now that T.I.'s out of prison (he was getting really tired of being in jail), here's a list of 10 albums should listen to while igniting his inferno of inspiration:

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kendrick Lamar's Section.80
Tyler, the Creator's Goblin
The Big K.R.I.T.'s Return of 4Eva
Curren$y's Covert Coup
Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne
Raekwon's Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
The Beastie Boys' Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Young Jeezy & DJ Drama's The Real Is Back
Roc Marciano & Gangrene's Greneberg

Tha Carter IV, optional.

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