Rapper Petey Pablo — the rapper behind the mega-hits “Raise Up” and “Freek-a-Leek” — has been RELEASED FROM PRISON … after doing 2 years for gun-smuggling … TMZ has learned.

Petey was arrested at Raleigh Durham Airport on SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 … after cops say he tried to take a stolen gun through airport security.

Pablo was sentenced to 35 months behind bars at a federal prison … but was released today, 4 months ahead of schedule.

Pablo now says he wants to return to hip-hop … and has already hooked up with Timbaland.

“I’m now headed to the work shop,” Pablo says … “To begin what will be noted as my best work ever with one of the greatest producers of all time.”

“See ya in a few, shirt still spinning!”


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