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T.I. Signs Book Deal with Harper Collins

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T.I. has signed a book deal with Harper Collins, part of an armful of projects the newly-free rapper is undertaking as he serves out the rest of his jail term in a halfway house.

Surprisingly, the book is not a tell-all memoir about T.I.’s rise to fame or his time in the slammer. Instead, a Harper Collins rep tells the AP, it’s a fictional story about two friends who grew up on the dangerous streets of Atlanta. Titled ‘Power & Beauty,’ the novel was written by T.I. with David Ritz and will hit stores in October.

T.I.’s book deal is part of a multimedia onslaught to mark his return to the entertainment world. He’ll also be the subject of a 10-episode VH1 reality series documenting his release from jail and the recording of his next album. Back in 2009, when T.I. was released from his first jail stint, he appeared in a similar reality series on MTV called ‘T.I.’s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go.’

T.I. served nearly 11 months in prison for violating his probation by possessing illegal drugs. His last album, ‘No Mercy,’ reached the Top 10 in December of 2010.

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