Nicki Minaj: Post-prison Lil Wayne is a new person
February 4th, 2011
07:48 PM ET

Nicki Minaj: Post-prison Lil Wayne is a new person

Raptress Nicki Minaj is proud of the new man her boss Lil Wayne has become since leaving prison.

Speaking with British disc jockey Tim Westwood, Minaj said Lil Wayne is "clearer than ever" now that he is sober.

"He's like a new person," she said. "He's nicer, he's like more calm. I guess when you are not getting high you have to deal with reality and I think he likes his reality now."

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Lil Wayne gives wheelchair to fan's mother
December 17th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Lil Wayne gives wheelchair to fan's mother

How’s this for spreading holiday cheer: Lil Wayne, now a free man himself after his release from prison in early November, has helped someone else get out of confinement.

The 28-year-old rapper, who served eight months in New York's Riker’s Island on a weapons charge, has bestowed the mother of fan Ronda Austin with a wheelchair.

He writes on his website, WeezyThanxYou.com, that he came to know Ronda through a series of letters she sent him while he was serving his sentence.

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#WelcomeHomeWeezy celebration plans set
November 4th, 2010
06:49 PM ET

#WelcomeHomeWeezy celebration plans set

Early Thursday morning, Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, was released from an eight month stint at Riker’s Island, tweeting "#WelcomeHomeWeezy" and "aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk" within hours of his release. Back in March, Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison on gun charges, with news of his projected November 4 release date arriving in July.

The anticipation for the 28-year-old artist to be "free at last" extended far past what his loved ones must have felt. Between the #freeweezy t-shirts and hashtags, and even MTV’s Weezy Watch, an around-the-clock catalog of everything to do with Wayne’s release, it’s clear that the fans have been ready.

So ready, in fact, the makers of life-size celebrity wall posters claim the frenzied demands of “millions” of Weezy lovers caused them to have to release a Lil Wayne Fathead earlier than expected. “We just kept getting bombarded by Weezy fans demanding that we release his Fathead immediately, so we caved and his Fathead is officially free”, said a Fathead spokesman.  “We even sent his Fathead along with a special code to say no hard feelings”. Okay then.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Lil Wayne • Music
Lil Wayne to serve 30 days in isolated cell
October 5th, 2010
06:32 PM ET

Lil Wayne to serve 30 days in isolated cell

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.


Filed under: Celebrities • Lil Wayne • Music
Lil Wayne releases new album on his birthday
September 27th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Lil Wayne releases new album on his birthday

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.

Lindsay Lohan has a friend in Lil' Wayne
August 18th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan has a friend in Lil' Wayne

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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Filed under: Celebrities • Lil Wayne • Lindsay Lohan • Music
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