According to Philadelphia's 6 Action News, T.I., who grew up in a rough part of Atlanta, dropped out of high school and did jail time, gave his words of wisdom at Harambee Charter School.
"Ain't nothing lame, ain't nothing punkish about being smart. Ain't nothing punkish about being 25, 26, 28 and never had a run in with the law," he stressed. "That don't make you a punk man. That makes you a winner."
The children who T.I. spoke to said they got the rapper's message.
"Stay in school. It was already in my mind, but he helped me realize it more," said seventh grader Shahajan McCaskill.
T.I. is currently gearing up for the release of his fourth album titled T.I. vs. T.I.P. Due in stores July 3, the album features appearances from Eminem, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Nelly, Akon and Lil' Wayne. Production on the project is supplied by Timbaland, Scott Storch, Mannie Fresh, Wyclef Jean, Danja Handz, the Runners and Just Blaze.