After spending nearly eight months in prison, rapper Lil Wayne is a free man!
Rapper Lil Wayne is no longer locked up! After spending eight months of a year-long sentence at Rikers Island prison for attempted gun possession, the rapper, 28, was reportedly released at 8:35 a.m. on Nov. 4. According to Mack Maine, the president of the Young Money label and a longtime friend of Weezy’s, the whole gang will celebrate his release this Sunday with — what else? — a huge bash in Miami on Sunday night.
“It’s going to be crazy,” Mack told MTV News on Nov. 3. “Just treat him like a king, like the royalty he is and make him feel like we really missed him and welcome him back to the family, basically.”
Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., launched his solo career in 1999 with the album Tha Block is Hot, and cemented his reputation as one of the best rappers on the planet with the 2004 released of the highly-acclaimed Tha Carter. His hit single, “Go D.J.,” was an across-the-charts hit.
It’s been an interesting eight months for the rapper. While he was in jail, numerous stories — some verified and some not — swirled about his incarceration. There were stories about guards trying to take photos with him and being fired, and tales of inmates stealing his sneakers. If even half of these rumors were true, it was at least eventful inside Rikers for the top selling rap artist! Even former President Bill Clinton had well wishes for the rapper, last week saying he hoped the Lil guy wouldn’t be back behind bars again.
Weezy’s stint in Rikers stems from a 2007 arrest when Weezy and his camp were leaving a New York City performance. Police who pulled over the tour buss alleged that the odor of marijuana was wafting from the bus. They also discovered drugs and a gun which was registered in Wayne’s rapper’s name. This was not Weezy’s first brush with danger: he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1998 that he not only used to deal crack, but he also once accidentally shot himself in the chest with his mom’s gun.
Says Lil Wayne’s lawyer, Stace Richman, in an exclusive statement to HollywoodLife.com, “I thank the department of corrections for its professionalism, strict adherence to protocol and concern for Mr. Carter’s security in his release.”
Welcome home, Weezy!