T.I. goes back to court to talk to teenagers

ATLANTA (AP) - One month from beginning a one-year federal prison sentence, rapper T.I. was in court again Friday, but this time he wasn't in the hot seat.

The 28-year-old performer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, spoke to a group of high school students - half of whom are serving sentences under juvenile court - about breaking the law. He told them to work hard, stay in school and do what is necessary to get what they want in life.

T.I.'s appearance was part of the 1,000 hours of community service he must complete as part of his guilty plea to federal firearms charges a year ago. He is scheduled to start a prison sentence next month.

The Grammy-award winner's latest CD, "Paper Trail," hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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