T.I. [click to read] will not be catching up on rest, or spending too much time at home in lieu of his looming incarceration rather the Grammy-winning rapper will be hitting the road. 

Tip sets to put on a 12 stop mini tour before he enters prison next month. He will be promoting his recent album Paper Trail [click to read] up until the last minute while simultaneously working on a follow up record during the tour.

The tour started up last night in St. Louis, Missouri by T.I. surprising fans who thought his one year prison sentence for felony weapons possession would move him out of the limelight.  The tour spans one month and closes up in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 15.

Tour Dates are as follows:

February 2009

20 – DeKalb, IL – Northern Illinois University Convocation Center

25 – Fayetteville, AR – Barnhill Arena

26 – Charlotte, NC – Cricket Arena

27 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

28 – St. Petersburg, FL – St. Pete Times Forum

March 2009

5 – Orlando, FL – UCF Arena

8 – Champaign, IL – Univ. of Illinois Assembly Hall

12 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center

13 – San Antonio, TX – Alamodome

14 – Houston, TX – Arena Theatre

15 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center