updated 12/23/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/23/2009 AT 2:10 PM ET
Someone got an early holiday gift.
T.I. was released from prison Tuesday and will serve out the remainder of his sentence on gun charges at a halfway house, the Associated Press reports.
The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, left federal prison in Arkansas and will move into the Dismas Charities halfway house in Atlanta, where he will stay for up to three months.
T.I. was arrested in 2007 for attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He began serving the jail term in May.
His lawyer, Steve Sadow, told the AP that his client “did his very best to adjust to his circumstances” in prison and is looking forward to getting back to his family.
The rapper completed many hundred hours of community service before his incarceration, and warned young people about the dangers of guns, drugs and violence in an MTV reality series called T.I.’s Road to Redemption.