The new reality show will follow the troubled rapper as he performs his community service ahead of a one-year prison sentence for illegal possession of firearms
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(FROM VARIETY) ? MTV has ordered eight episodes of a reality show focused on rapper T.I. doing community service ahead of his one-year prison sentence, which he will start serving in the spring of 2009. The untitled Ish Entertainment series has already captured T.I.’s release from house arrest and will begin shooting full-time this summer as he performs his 1,000 hours of community service. The show will also chronicle the release of his new album, Paper Trail, and the birth of his first child, and will likely air soon after T.I. goes to jail.

T.I. was arrested last October after his bodyguard-turned-informant delivered three machine guns and two silencers to the hip-hop star, who is not allowed to own firearms because he was convicted of a felony in the late 1990s for selling crack cocaine. T.I. was charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. T.I.’s last two CDs, 2006’s King and 2007’s T.I. vs. T.I.P., both bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. He has also appeared in the movies American Gangster and ATL. (Variety)