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TI aims to get life back on track

TI has said he is determined to get his life back on track.

The rapper recently served a 10-month prison and halfway house sentence earlier this year on federal weapons charges, but since being released in March he has been promoting his movie Takers and a new album, King Uncaged, due out in September - and also married his long-term girlfriend Tameka 'Tiny' Cottle last month.

"Right now, it's all about moving forward and just acknowledging the blessing that are here today ... Just moving past the regrets of yesterday - the things that could've been done better," said T.I. in an interview last month.

The 29-year-old added he'd been able to relieve the lingering guilt of being unable to protect his best friend Philant Johnson, who was killed following his post-performance party in Cincinnati in 2006.

"I got so down on myself about the loss of his life that I did not acknowledge the fact that I still had mine," he said.

Jason Geter, co-CEO of Grand Hustle Records, TI's label, said the star had made more of a conscious effort to spend more time with his family.

"He's not taking things for granted as far as wasting time," Geter said. "He realises things aren't guaranteed."

TI said he was also determined to pick up where he left off after the success of his last album Paper Trail. It was released in October 2008 and sold over two million copies and charted three No 1 songs in the US. He's already released singles, I'm Back and Got Your Back, featuring Keri Hilson.

"I just want to make sure that I came back the same way I left," he said. "I left relatively strong. I just wanted to make sure I came back in a way that would support my exit."

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