From ContactMusic:

Prison-bound rapper T.I. played a rousing farewell gig to fans on Sunday (5/24) as he winds down his career before embarking on a year-long stint behind bars.

The Live Your Life hitmaker will hand himself over to the authorities by noon on Tuesday (5/26) to start his 366-day jail term, which he was handed in connection with his recent conviction on weapons charges. T.I., real name Clifford Harris, Jr., asked lawmakers to delay his sentence until he could secure a a cell in a minimum-security prison near his home in Atlanta, Georgia.

His request was denied and he must report to authorities in Forrest City, Arkansas on Tuesday as planned. But that didn't stop the star from taking to stage one last time to thrill fans, who have bombarded the star with messages of support ahead of his jail term.
The gig, at Atlanta's Philips Arena, saw a crowd of 16,000 wave banners and cheer as T.I. brought his five children on stage during his track No Matter What.

And he thanked the audience for sticking by him throughout his troubled past: "I'm going to stand up tall, head up high. Thank you for all of your support. "What I need y'all to do is pray for me while I'm gone. I'll see y'all in 366 days."

Grand Hustle comic Lil Duval and TV personality Kenny Burns performed before a fashionably late T.I. hit the stage

Photos: Getty Images

  • Krysi J

    Po Thang....SMH.

  • Kymystry

    Again with the glorification of criminals ... who cares ... NEXT !

  • PAGESINADIARY

    HOLLA, WOULDNT WANT TO BE YA

  • iscream

    Are these pictures from Daisy?

    Prison Bound Rapper? Again I ask what have they done to fall out your graces?

    Good Morning everyone. The real countdown has begun 12 TI must say bye bye.

    *waving* see ya hate ta be ya

  • LadyJustice

    ... dont drop that soap T.I.

  • coaretained

    bye baby...*sniffle*

  • Daisy

    LMAO Good one Ice.

    I did not bring my camera with me to the show but I was close enough to take those pics..lol Please believe!

    The show was FAB once TI finally took to the stage. His son King was all over the stage running around having fun. Tiny looked cute(be nice yall..lol) in her pink. I believe Toya was holding it down beside her. She looked cute as well.

    Lil Duvall is a FOOL he was the best part of the boring sitting and waiting part of the show.

    TI and other hip hop aritist (some) already have records so they are already glorfied criminals from jump street anyway! NEXT!

  • Daisy

    @Coa our baby has a lil pot belly on him now..lol I was surprised but he is still a CUTIE!

  • coaretained

    he looks so sad...I just wanna fu.. I mean hold him.
    *giggle*

  • iscream

    @ Daisy now how are you going to forget your camera.

    & what was lil King doing on stage. Shouldn't he have been in bed. No hate on TI but that's why I hate rap concerts. Its just them on stage with their friends and family. Walking back and forth. If I paid for your album, and now tickets to a show.. Give me a show. Back when Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D and the boys were doing shows. They at least had dancers on stage with them.

    Yall remember Scoob and Scrap?

  • lnp03

    @ Daisy, I was surprised by the pot belly too because he is normally so skinny. I heart him soooo much!! The concert was the best! It wouldn't have missed it for anything! My prayers are always with him and his family. You really had a chance to see how people rely and him and his level of responsibility. I was good to see all of the kids, Tiny, his sister and the rest of his family. I am anxiously anticipating the Welcome Home concert! You will respect this hustle! It's the KING homie!!

  • lnp03

    @ Iscream

    King was off the chain! They couldn't do anything with him. He was running around doing everything his Dad did. I think he will be affected the most this next year. It is big enough to really know his dad but too young to understand what is going on. He is only 4.

    I do remember those concerts when rappers had backup dancers and put on a show. Now, everyone just has a hype man and just walks back and forth across the stage. LOL

  • lnp03

    LilDuval was hilarious! He did a great job hosting along with Kenny Burns. I loved the Rich Kidz performance too. My students told me about them a few months ago. Big Kuntry, 8 Ball and MJG and Killer Mike were classic! The only thing that was missing was Young Dro and Yung LA. Grand Hustle represented to the FULLEST! The show was a great celebration!

  • Daisy

    Them bad azz rich kidz irked me lol

  • Zuley

    T.I. needs to just man up and serve his fuckin time damn its only a year. You'd think this dude was serving a life sentence the way he is acting and carrying on. This time next year he will be out and about so whats the big deal? Nyggas these days display too much bitchassness I swear. They want to be thugs on records but not in real life. And that guy in that last pic with the Fendi shirt on looks very very suspect. How you doing whoever you are.

  • Kat

    see ya in 366 days....or less......t.i.! bye bye!

  • Daisy

    Zuley please he will do his time and has been in jail before. Which isn't anything to brag about or be proud of but the fact remains he does indeed have a record He knows he has to serve his time hence the farewell concert.

    @in Yes I enjoyed Duvall and Kenny when he called that girl KeKe sheppard I was DEAD!

    Its the KING homie indeed lol I agree lil King is really going to miss his daddy when he took off his wife beater n threw it in the crowd I was to thru lol he is going to be a handful for real

  • iscream

    Wait! Is that last picture from the actual show? Are they live? What is up with the stage handlers in the background chillin like its a rehearsal.

  • Shauny

    Is that Grandma in the background? Did Alfamega show up? Why shouldn't he be forgiven? He needs another chance too Clifford aka Mr Redemption. You would've though TI was going down for a 20yr bid. Clifford get on to your boot camp and do your year boy.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    It is about damn time, Clifford. Now go on.

  • Mspeng

    Zuley Says:

    And that guy in that last pic with the Fendi shirt on looks very very suspect. How you doing whoever you are.
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    I believe that shirt says FIEND not Fendi lol. And that pose he's doing is not one a man should be displaying at all!!!