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    T.I. Surrenders, Begins Prison Stint

    T.I., Forest City Federal Correctional Complex AP Photo/David Kohl; Forest City Federal Correctional Complex

    T.I. is officially King of the Clink.

    The Grammy-winning rapper reported to an Arkansas federal prison today to begin serving his sentence on a weapons conviction. He surrendered two days after bidding farewell at concert in his hometown of Atlanta—a show designed to tie fans over until his release.

    "See y'all in 366 days," T.I. told the sold-out crowd at the ATL's Phillips Arena.

    It's not likely he'll be behind bars that long, however. Last month, court officials acknowledged that T.I. would be receiving credit for 305 days spent in home detention, meaning he's likely looking at less than two months.

    With little fanfare, the MC entered the double-fenced minimum-security lockup in Forrest City, situated 85 miles due east of Little Rock, at about 12:29 p.m. CT.

    A black van with Georgia license plates and tinted windows was spotted being escorted by three prison vehicles into the complex. Authorities also stationed five guards at a roadblock down the street to control the flow of traffic while several other officers were assigned to keep the media at bay.

    The artist otherwise known as Clifford J. Harris Jr. will bunk up with another inmate in either dormitory-style housing or cubicle housing and will pass much of his time doing menial tasks as part of a work program.

    The 28-year-old hip-hopster copped to a federal felony weapons charge in March 2008 as part of a plea deal that saw him receive a light prison sentence and 1,500 hours of community service.

    T.I. already fulfilled 1,030 hours of that requirement by talking to kids about the dangers of guns and drugs, taking part in a pro-voting campaign, and starring in the MTV reality show, Road to Redemption. He also paid a $100,000 fine and will remain on supervised release for three years after he's sprung.