He scored a reality show hours after getting out of prison Wednesday morning. Clearly, T.I. is a quick mover. So quick the rapper is already in prison again, CNN reports.
But what got him there? Last we’d heard from Tip, he had checked into an Atlanta half-way house, ostensibly ready to start production on his upcoming VH1 series, having put his 10 months at an Arkansas federal pen behind him.
It wasn’t a drug violation that landed him back in jail, MTV reports. And it wasn’t an alcohol or cough-syrup-related one, either. Rather, Radar Online reports that T.I. simply chose the wrong way to travel from Arkansas to Atlanta.
T.I. made the 375-mile trip to Atlanta in a chauffered luxury bus, while followed by a caravan of four black SUVs. An offense to good taste, maybe — but that’s not the issue.
Radar reports that in order for T.I. to make the trip using his own transportation, he had to file a petition. In his request, Radar reports the rapper said he’d be getting there in a van. To the authorities, a party-bus plus entourage doesn’t fit that description. As such, the outlet reports that authorities think he lied about the transportation arrangements — a transgression that had them ordering T.I. back into federal custody Thursday.
T.I.’s lawyer told Radar that the situation is all a misunderstanding: “We are confident there was never any intent to mislead or to misstate the method of transportation. If there was some confusion or misunderstanding surrounding the method of transportation, we hope to clear it up quickly so T.I. can return to the halfway house.”
According to Radar, T.I. could remain locked up in Atlanta until his sentence ends Sept. 29.
As for the rapper’s upcoming reality show, MTV reports that VH1′s cameras were with T.I. on the bus between Arkansas and Georgia. Now that he’s in prison again, however,E! News reports that their cameras will not be allowed inside the Atlanta pen with him. The show, which is expected to show T.I. readjusting to life as a free pop star, was initially scheduled to appear in December.