October 5th, 2010
06:32 PM ET
Rapper Lil Wayne has been moved into what Rikers Island officials refer to as “punitive segregation," New York Department of Corrections Spokesman, Stephen Morello confirmed to CNN. The artist began the prison stint back in March because of a gun possession charge.
The reprimand was handed down because of music-related contraband; it turns out that Wayne was caught with an MP3 charger and headsets during a search of his cell a few months ago. (Another inmate was caught actually holding the MP3 player.)
Lil Wayne, who was relocated to the isolated cell on Monday, is expected to spend 30 days there, which means he won’t have contact with or circulate among the rest of the prison population. It also means that he’ll spend 23 out of 24 hours inside the cell, with an hour of guard-supervised recreation.
The 28-year-old is expected to be released from prison around November 3.
September 27th, 2010
05:25 PM ET
It’s better to give than to receive, and Lil Wayne is doing just that for his birthday.
In honor of the incarcerated rapper’s 28th birthday, he released the digital version of his new album, “I Am Not A Human Being,” on Monday. The 10-track album is the ninth for the prodigious rapper, who is currently serving a one-year prison sentence in Rikers Island for a weapon’s charge.
The lead single for the new album is “Right Above It,” which features label mate Drake and has already sold more than half a million digital downloads and entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the top 10. Since getting locked up in March, Weezy has been communicating with his fans via a website which documents his life behind bars.
The new album will be physically released in stores on October 12.
August 18th, 2010
12:38 PM ET
Whatever the future has in store for Lindsay Lohan, Lil’ Wayne has her back.
In his most recent letter to his fans, Lil’ Wayne brings the masses up to date on his life in prison. Weezy, who is expected to return home from a stint on Riker’s Island in November, gave shout outs to his fans, friends, family and Lohan, who was released from a brief stint in jail in early August and is now in a treatment facility.
“Hey Lindsey, glad it’s over doll,” Lil’ Wayne said in his message. “I should have written her huh?”
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