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Troubled rap superstar T.I. is opening up for the first time since his arrest earlier this month on drug charges.  The emcee took to his Twitter account over the weekend to support his niece who is currently battling cancer.  “Tip” writes, quote,: Went to see my niece in the hospital &, she made my day!!! she’s fighting cancer & worried about how I’m doing. Uncle Tip rides 4u…Thru It All,No Matter What!!!”

T.I. also tweeted over the weekend that he’s, quote, “back in the lab,” working on his upcoming album, “King Uncaged.”  The record was slated to drop back in August, but T.I. decided to push the album back to focus on his current film, “Takers.”

T.I. and his wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were arrested in Los Angeles on September 1st on charges of possession of a controlled substance.  Authorities stopped the rapper’s car for allegedly making an illegal U-turn.  They reportedly smelled marijuana in the vehicle and subsequently found a small amount of ecstasy.  T.I. is currently on probation after serving time for federal weapons charges.  It is not yet known if his latest arrest will impact his probation.