Rapper T.I. is turning his legal woes into an eight-episode MTV documentary series. Ish Entertainment will follow the hip-hop star while he performs more than 1,000 hours of community service before starting a one-year prison sentence on weapons charges next spring, according an Atlantic spokesperson.
Cameras already chronicled T.I.’s release from house arrest, and shooting will continue this summer, leading up to his return to jail in early 2009.
The show, produced by Michael Hirschorn and Stella Stolper and executive produced by T.I. and partner Jason Geter, will air on MTV some time soon after that.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, was arrested last October just hours before he was to be honored at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. The rapper, who had previous convictions, was charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
The rapper is currently working on a new album, “Paper Trail,” due Aug. 12. The first single, “No Matter What,” is No. 19 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart this week.