Christmas came early for rapper T.I. The Atlanta native has just been released from an Arkansas federal prison and will be transported to a halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence. Tip's lawyer, Steve Sadow, confirmed the news Tuesday (Dec. 22). "He was released this morning from his place of incarceration in Arkansas," Sadow said. "As I understand it, he's on his way back to the Atlanta area. He has to report to a halfway house in Atlanta sometime this evening. And he will then spend somewhere between the next two or three months in a halfway house, ending his Buruea of Prison sentence."

Unlike serving time in a traditional prison facility, Sadow explained that Tip's new location will allot him more freedom. "A halfway house is more along the lines of a residential dormitory. You live within this house that is broken into areas for living, and you are permitted to leave during the day for certain reasons of which would be employment, medical reasons, things of that nature, and you return to the halfway house in the evening. So it's a restriction on your liberty but it's a way for you to reenter into society and not be confined within a jail type institution 24-hours a day."

Earlier this month Sadow confirmed that he was working and "hopeful" to get the 29-year-old released early, but that the decision was in the hands of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. T.I., born Clifford Harris Jr., began serving his 366-day sentence on federal gun charges stemming from a 2007 arrest this past May.