T.I. Released From Prison Early
Rapper T.I. performs onstage at Philips Arena on June 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. WireImage

T.I. posted his first on-camera interview since completing his jail sentence on his official website, trapmuzik.com, on Thursday (April 1). In the clip he revealed a few more details of his as-yet-untitled upcoming album, slated for an August 24th release date, describing it as "significantly more aggressive."

"'Paper Trail' was a lot more about thoughts; this is more about feelings. This is significantly more aggressive, or at least at this period in production," he said, adding that, "At this point...it's going hard. It's going hard like classic T.I."

Still, T.I. did express he didn't get much time to write hits while in jail. "I didn't write too much. People might have thought I was doing a lot of writing, but I didn't write that much," Tip said. "I didn't get a lot of time to. It was a lot of activity around me, so I really wasn't motivated to create."

About his freedom, the recently-encarcerated rapper -- who spent nearly a year in jail before being placed on house arrest, probation and completing additional community service -- said he was "happy to be home. I feel better than I've ever felt. I learned a lot, grew a lot. Now, I think it's time to put all that to good use."

T.I. was sentenced to a year and a day in jail last March stemming from a 2007 arrest for attempting to illegally purchase firearms. Last month he premiered his latest track, titled "I'm Back," on the same site. The song has since reached No. 33 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 49 on the Hot 100.

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