February 3rd, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Lil Wayne plans to work straight through prison term

On February 9, one of the most prolific (and ubiquitous) rappers in the industry today will disappear for an entire year, which may or may not leave a Lil Wayne-sized hole on the Billboard Hot 100.

Wayne is notorious for his nonstop recording, and he doesn't plan on letting the 12 month prison sentence for gun possession slow him down.

"I don't like to stop," the rapper told Rolling Stone in an interview chronicling the rapper's last days before heading off-the-grid. "I believe you stop when you die."

For Wayne, that means continuing to do what he does on any other day: appear in a few music videos and craft new recordings for "Tha Carter IV" - which his label is referring to as "C4" because "it'll be the bomb," Cash Money Records employees told Rolling Stone - and is expected to explode shortly after Wayne's release.

His label is even picking up and moving to New York to be closer to Wayne while he does his time at Rikers Island. As he'll be out of sight for such a long time, his manager told RS that he's brainstorming ways to make sure Wayne isn't also out of mind, like setting up a Twitter account so Wayne can tweet on the inside.

It's not like he won't already be wired: Wayne said in the interview that he'll be equipped with an iPod so he can keep working on tracks for "Tha Carter IV" while he's locked up.

"This is Lil Wayne going to jail. Nobody I can talk to can tell me what that’s like," he told RS. "I just say I’m looking forward to it."

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  1. David

    He's going to jail for gun possession. Give me a break folks. I wouldn't apologize if I was going to jail for gun possession. He didn't hurt anyone other than himself so who would he need to apologize to? I for one appreciate his work ethic. Even if you don't like his music or whatever, you gotta appreciate the fact that he's always pushing himself to get better.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. n9na

    Doesn't matter what we say. He's still rich, he's still Lil Wayne, he's still going to jail with priviliges, and if you have "children" and you look at him as a role model, as said above, please remove yourself from the gene pool immediately. He is a rap artist, who grew up in the slums of New Orleans, and still leads his life the way he wants. How many of you on here saying he's a substance abuser don't pick up a beer everyday after work or pop your xanax? Thank you. He's still rich, and most of us are not. Oh ya and Lil Wayne, do cut the tats on the face thing out.

    No matter what, people are still going to bump his music. Including me.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Best Rapper


    If you believe what you say:

    "LIL WAYNE said it best when he said hes the best rapper alive! hes still gonna be topping charts in prison! nothing is going to stop this man."

    You ever heard of Rakim?
    LL Cool J?
    Ice Cube?
    Chuck D?

    Hell... one could even argue Eminem and the Beasty Boys being better...

    February 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. logic+1

    @moveon. Drug use explains terrible music? If anything the music industry has thrived and profited from artists using drugs i.e., the eagles, aerosmith, the beatles, guns and roses, amy winehouse, jim morrison............ And if your expecting sympathy from me because he's a substance abuser.....well you KNOW where you can find it in the dictionary. I'm all for Americans carrying guns. But you better register it and you better respect it as a tool. This guy is a moron with multiple felonies. He is a blight on society.
    *****blight***** definition: Something that impairs growth, withers hopes and ambitions, or impedes progress and prosperity.
    "The more you know........"

    February 5, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Moveonpeople

    People, this young person is allegedly suppose to be a substance abuser which explains his behavior. I hope that they make him get treatment! We have to stop locking up everyone with out treating them for the problem!

    February 5, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. logic+1

    @A. If "little wayne" is your role model, you need to remove yourself from the gene pool immediately.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. logic+1

    Gosh a rap "artist " is looking forward to going to jail! I look forward to hearing some fresh new raps about prison life. Maybe he'll rap about guns or drugs or getting "crunk" on hooch. Or maybe he'll rap about how much money he has or his sexual prowess, or the rims on his ride! " i believe you stop when you die". We can only hope lil wayne...we can only hope.

    February 5, 2010 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. C Avg

    whatever happens... just please stop getting tattoos on your face lil wayne. thx

    February 5, 2010 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    Hmm, a man carrying a gun can only be one of three things, soldier, law enforcement of some type or.......?

    February 5, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. letsbereal

    I didn't know that you could take a ipod to prison...wait guess its just for celebrities...give me a break.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. thepoliticrat

    What is WRONG with you??!?! You're going to JAIL. You realize that's not a victory but a punishment, right? They shouldn't let him have any technology in there! And tweeting!??!!? Are you for real?? Why are we glamorizing jail??

    February 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diva

    Lil Wayne going to jail....whatever.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A

    Sorry I correct my misspelled word "privileges". lol

    February 4, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. A

    I'm not a huge Lil Wayne fan, nor do I dislike him. If fact, I enjoy his music...and I must say that I'm not sure who is to blame for all the priveledges he WILL have while incarcerated..that's clearly not his fault! It is allowed to begin with! It's also not his fault that he IS a role model to many many kids and adults alike. When you become a celebrity, you automatically become an instant role model. That is just how it is...a parent can only be responsible for so much. We are here to mold and do our best to raise a child to do what's right instead of wrong...if you think about it, we have all made our OWN decisions not our parents decisions. So we only have so much control over who is or isn't our children's role model. Lil Wayne is simply living a life that he chose (not always good) and obviously loves what he does (music) except now he's famous so it will always be magnified. Basically he's living his life only with more $$$. I wish the best for him...

    February 4, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. MrExcederin

    LIL WAYNE said it best when he said hes the best rapper alive! hes still gonna be topping charts in prison! nothing is going to stop this man.

    February 4, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  16. Debra R

    Maybe if you sould stop whatever you ere doing to get tossed into Rikers...you would be going to the can....I was unaware that prisnors were allowed cell phones, tweeting priledges and recording sessions. He should be cleaning latrines or working the the laundry....another loser who is "looking forward" to going to jail...hope your bunk mate isn't attracked to those tat or you will be his girlfriend.

    February 4, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  17. khalil sharif abdullah

    Lil wayne straight to jail?..then what about the codine stuff.is he realy gonna cope?...pls give em a break...

    February 4, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. Charlie - TX

    "Lil Wayne plans to work straight through prison term"

    I hope it's cleaning latrines!

    February 4, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  19. BSH

    Who says he is suppose to be a role model that is not his job. he is a entertainer..Its up to the kids' parents to teach them right from wrong. I cant wait till he gets out so he can come back to the Nati he always puts on a great show!!

    February 4, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  20. TM

    NL, what? Why does he have to be a role model? Why do people expect every entertainer to be role models? That's a problem.

    February 4, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  21. Elliott

    Haha, what would ever lead you to believe he should be a kid's role model. Why would he start as he's going to jail? He is going for gun possesion. Any number of his songs talks about worse things than that.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  22. NL

    Notice how he has nothing to say about what he's actually going to jail for? No remorse, no nothing. This man is so self-centered, talking about how great he's going to be when he comes out of jail. Way to be a great role model for kids, Lil' Wayne!

    February 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. NookSurfer

    At least he won't be alone when Gilbert Arenas joins him!!

    February 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Reydon

    Something might fly outta it and attack the other prisoners.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. LBW

    With all those tattoos, he should blend in.

    February 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Dianna Floyd

    Lil Wayne graced the Travis County Expo Center a few weeks back. The concert was full of energy and his performance was "five star"
    While he is on the east coast planning his next concert tour, I hope he puts the Expo on his list. He had the Expo jumping up and down. Dude has a good band. Clearly, I was very impressed.
    Dianna-Events Coordinator

    February 3, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. puppy0134

    why is he cutting his hair?

    February 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |

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