Rapper T.I. (real name: Clifford Harris) was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday (April 21) for a probation violation, according to the Cobb County, Ga., clerk's office.

Rapper T.I. (real name: Clifford Harris) was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday (April 21) for a probation violation, according to the Cobb County, Ga., clerk's office. The artist's sentence is effective immediately, but he is eligible to apply for a work-release program after serving a year. He was also sentenced to seven years of probation.

T.I. has been in police custody since March 30, after a Dec. 29 arrest warrant ordered his probation revoked. The rapper had been on probation in the wake of a 1998 conviction on a controlled substance charge. He subsequently violated his probation on a number of occasions, including a firearms arrest and possession of marijuana.

T.I. broke through last year with the release of his sophomore album, "Trap Muzik" (Atlantic), which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold more than 702,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The set featured the single "Rubber Band Man," which reached 11 different Billboard charts, including a recent No. 11 peak on Hot Rap Tracks.