. T.I. has been on a serious promo run to promote his newly released album titled Trouble Man (released on 12/18). He sat down with the writers at Rolling Out magazine and the on-air personalities at Power 105 to discuss how prison has affected him and how he knew Tiny was “the one.” The self-proclaimed “King of the South” revealed that he got into more trouble being in prison than he did being out of prison. He told The Breakfast Club that he was placed in general population in prison and went into survival mode. He told the on-air personalities: “I did more drugs in prison than I did during Paper Trail. “ He said that being in prison taught him to do more illegal things than he did in the “free world,” which is why he slipped up after his first incarceration. Excerpts from his interview with Rolling Out are below: On Prison: When I went to prison in 2009, I had so much resentment for the system. When you’re in a certain element, you can exercise certain strengths. But when you place me in a jungle and it’s all about survival, I’m going to have tp posture myself in a way I’m fit to survive. By the time I came out of prison, my mind-set was different from when I went in. Prison did me no good. But personally, I regressed completely. On Whether or Not Prison is More Respected Than College: That’s a misconception. I think white folks put that out there because they want us to feed off that. I grew up in Bankhead, been around Campbellton Road, Simpson Road, West End and every ghetto in Atlanta. And I never thought it was cooler to go to jail than to go to college. I knew college wasn’t for me, but I knew jail wasn’t for me, either. If you give me the option between jail and college, I’m taking college. They have women in college, ain’t no women in jail. I’ve never thought that. And no one I ever spoke to said, ”Man, something in me wants to see what it’s like to go to jail.” On the other hand, we knew that we were doing things that could land us in jail. But we never thought it was cool. That’s a misconception. If you’re a teenager, or whatever, don’t believe that going to jail is cool. I’ve been in there with people who are doing 20-year bids and life sentences. Those folks never feel like it was cool. On How He Knew Tiny Was “The One”: For me, it was early. I can’t say the exact day. Because even when you initially make the decision, you still wrestle with whether you made the right decision. Within the first two years, I made that initial decision. Then maybe another two years, I confirmed that decision. A few years later, I finalized that decision. His Advice to Women Seeking a “King”: I hate to tell them something to do to get a man, and when they finally get that man they find out he’s not the man they should have gone after. But you have to really get to know the person you think you are in love with. Learn who they are. Spend time with them. Because a person can only perpetrate for a certain amount of time. And one thing to always remember, you never really know a person until you watch them when they don’t know they’re being watched. If there was a hidden camera in the room, I would be the same way I am when we’re together. How you see me, that’s how I am.