February 8th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

Lil Wayne sentencing scheduled for Tuesday morning

On Tuesday morning rapper Lil Wayne will formally be sentenced to a year-long prison term for gun possession in the Manhattan Supreme Court, CNN has learned.

Although the exact time of sentencing is unknown, it's also likely that Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, will start his prison term Tuesday as well.

This sentence has been a long time coming for Wayne, who pleaded guilty to felony gun charges in October 2009 stemming from a July 2007 arrest. Police said Carter and another man were smoking marijuana on a New York City street. The officers also found a .40-caliber pistol in Carter's possession.

Up until his sentencing, Wayne has been working on his next album, "Tha Carter IV," and he told Rolling Stone in an interview that he doesn't plan to stop working while he's in prison.

To date, Wayne has sold millions of albums - "Tha Carter III" alone sold a million within its first week - since his solo debut, "Tha Block is Hot," in 1999.

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  1. John

    You guys are silly! First, all he had was a gun. Aren't you allowed to bear arms in america? or only unloaded guns in the trunk of your car? Of course he can not be in general population, because he is not part of the 'general population'. Lil Wayne is 2nd best rapper inthe game right now, and is much more creative than alot of other cats out there. hopefully he can shake that drug habit and come out spitting that carter 2 stuff. But give him a break he was smoking, and had a gun...i really don't see the crime.

    February 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rob

    He is now a qualified thug!!!! What a loser and setting the wrong example!! Should be longer than a year. Rappers do not set the example..

    February 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jay rock!

    Another rich entertainer doing dumb things!Hey Lil Wayne you want to carry a gun, join the military and go to war like a real soldier, dont just talk about it in your songs . Ill trade lifes with you if you cant handle the money.

    February 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. June

    All of us have made mistakes, I hope that this is is first and will be his last! I hope that while he's in prison that we will make a contribution in terms of prison life is no life to have to that his fans will know to KEEP OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    The fans that love him and his music I hope will heed his advise and stay clean , obey the laws of the city and STAY OUT OF JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. tn

    What was sort of "indecent things to a miner?" was he doing? Panning for gold without a permit? FREE LIL'WAYNE! who cares if he was smoking weed on a street while carrying a pistol? he wouldn't kill anyone unless they were trying to kill him.

    February 11, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Zander

    He has face tattoos, for Christ's sake. He should not be allowed in public.

    February 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kandie

    Some of these comments are so silly, just because Lil Wayne is a rapper does not make him a thug, or make all rappers thugs. Just shows how judgemental some of you can truley be. Yes Lil Wayne knew better for smoking & having weapons without being registered, but that does not make him a thug. I dont like his music, but to each his own. I wont down him or the people who do like his music. I know we have Free Speech but alot of you have taken things a little too far. By saying he is messing with minors is so silly, 10yr olds and 11yr olds. He does have a daughter and how do u think she would feel reading some of these blogs. Grow up.

    February 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MIke

    I can't wait until future generations laugh at us for marijuana laws.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. christopher frierson (CRI)

    I am a 30 yr old, white, Anglo-Saxon male who lived in Slidell, a suburb of New Orleans until Katrina blew through. I have a very eclectic music taste, in that my playlists go from Marvin Gaye to Meshuggah, OutKast to Offspring, hell I even like some David Allen Coe! Lil Wayne rapps about what he sees, using his own insights to depict an image of both what life is like for him and fantasies about how he and others would like to live. Why is this wrong? Just becuase you dont like a short story that an author writes, we dont then say that person is "EVIL" and deserves punishment. Yes, he committed a crime, he will serve his time, and come out with new experiences. He will then use those to create more music. "For years, whites were afraid that blacks would corrupt their sons and daughters, and thanks to the magic of MTV, it happened!" Embrace the fact, or become just another bystander in the race to the future.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Str8 Outta TX

    what's good with it ladies and gentlemen? i will try my best to write this blog without any basic grammatical errors since there appears to be a lot of english teachers out there (even though this is the internet, ad has it's own acceptable language and abbreviations). well all i have to say on the subject is that for those of you hoping that lil wayne is going to rot in prison, ask santa for something else. dwayne carter is a lyrical monstrosity, and he will continue to make money in prison if he is in fact sent. not only that, but his young money entorage will continue to produce. he has drake(close to eminem, jay z, and wayne in lyrical creativity)and nicky(a non talented female rapper who is just about the baddest thing walking in the hip hop world these days, and will make tons of money off her looks) as well as many other up and comers who will no doubt hold it down and bring plenty of money to his label. i dont necessarily like him as a person. he aint nothin but a studio gangsta, and a fake ass CMB blood. he does a lot of dissing to himself in his songs and lyrics, and probably doesnt even realize it (unlike GAME). however, he is a beast on the tracks, and i must respect him for that. this is good for him. maybe he will be put down for real, or at least get laced up properly on his knowledge.

    ps yeah i'm locked up, so i know what it will be like.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    Mr. Carter made mistakes.

    And a judge who is far more familiar with the circumstances surrounding those mistakes thought that those mistakes warranted a punishment of a year in a jail. It could have been lengthier and it might be shorter.

    Weezy is tremendously talented, undoubtedly a gift to music, or at least to the tastes of tens of millions.

    He should not break the law again.

    He should continue to contribute to the music community for years to come, after he has paid what a more knowledgeable than us judge deemed his debt to society.

    Good luck Wayne. Regardless of the past, we'll be waiting to hear or see what you create next.

    February 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Law

    Frank: "Even this article has basic grammatical errors. man, sad day when a society cant even properly articulate its primary language."

    ...and rap is a fine example of a proper articulate language???

    It's a sad day when you don't read your own post and realize how dumb it sounded.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Law

    Talent??? Where?? It's all noise about how everyone owes them for their upbringings. It's funny how all of these rap supporters see carrying a gun and smoking weed as the norm and acceptable.

    lil foxy: "Everything well be ok, Have hope and will be praying for you Mr. Dwayne Carter. God bless you and all your family, You were just in a wrong place at the wrong time."

    Lets also add "and doing the wrong thing" lets now call him Lil Dummy.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lindsey

    I'm sick of these punks who try and make it cool to be thugs. He is a horrible role model for kids. Hip hop has helped ruin our culture.

    February 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    Everyone has a story, Lil' Wayne is just writing his. Unless you personally know him, i would hope that people have the common sense to reserve judgement, but i guess thats how this world works today. An STEVE, who cares if Lil' Wayne did indecent things with a miner. Now, if it was a MINOR, then i think there may be an issue. Even this article has basic grammatical errors. man, sad day when a society cant even properly articulate its primary language.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tom

    Doesn't sound like he caused anyone any suffering. And famous people probably all carry guns just in case a crazy person comes after them. So now we're all going to punish him?

    For all of you that want him to rot in prison, answer me this: Who did he hurt? Who did he take money from?

    February 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jason

    I agree that he could have a received a much lengthier sentence...

    However, as a lawyer, I have witnessed many police officers exercise an "arrest first, ask questions last" policy when dealing when minorities... So much so in fact that I fear that here.

    I hate to confess to a crime on a public forum, but I am from NYC and was once approached by policemen for smoking weed in public, certainly a mistake I made some time ago and wouldn't make again.

    However I wasn't arrested or even searched by the diligent policeman who came up to us and told us to move on. We certainly cannot be niave enough to think that if I was black and not white I still would not have been searched...

    February 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Joe

    "Reality Check"

    If you grossing 40 Mill a year hire a licensed Bodyguard or 5 of them like Jay, Puff, and the intelligent rappers out there do. Sure they get targeted, but this isnt remotely close to TI's situation and in fact I believe TI had a CCW, he just got busted buying "Automatic" weapons. TI was set up, DWayne was simply an idiot.

    YOU DONT CARRY A GUN ILLEGALLY IN NYC, everyone who owns a gun and a permit should know this. I know this and I have a carry lic, when I went to NYC last may my guns stayed in my house.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Sodapop

    Sorry Sebastian...I meant Jason.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sodapop

    You do have to admit...He does look a little like Gollum from Lord of the Rings....

    Sebastian: I agree whole heartedly with the Wall Street gangster comment. However the fact is, having an illegal firearm AS WELL as smoking out (which is called "Prohibited use of weapons." where I'm from) drinking OR Marijuana use while in possession of a weapon enhances the charge. As for only the year he got, he actually got off fairly easy. Because in most cases (and States) that is a felony.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lil Mighty Josh

    He the best Rapper alive

    February 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jason


    read bertrand russel's "on marriage and morals"

    if you want controls on how many children a person can have move to china

    February 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Linjoa

    If he was at such high risk because of his 'talent'(which is debatable) and fortune, I'm sure he wouldn't just be hanging out smoking marijuana on some random New York street. Getting high usually doesn't do much for someone being able to defend themselves, let alone using a pistol to do so.

    Can I also express my disgust at him saying goodbye to all his fans for about an hour before turning himself in, and I quote: "My hair got bounce! That sh–'s nice, you feel me? That sh– real nice," he said. "This is Lil Wayne, featuring my hair. And no, I did not have to cut my air off. That's a stupid rumor. Look at this beautiful sh–."

    Honestly, what is going on in his mind?

    Surely he could've spent some time with his children instead of still worrying about his fans(=$$$$$$$$$$$ for when he comes out).

    He should have been put a way for a lot longer and a lot quicker!

    February 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  24. curt

    there is no question he is target. A regular black male who isnt a famous rapper is an everyday target, at school, walking down the street, driving a car, you name it. Being rich just beans the target is bigger. Most of you all are making comments on his tatooes and how he looks and know nothing about the man, same as our teachers and police by the way and you all wonder what the problem is. SOCIETY. YOU INCLUDED. Thats how our country got in this mess. Wake up people. End the hate and racism. look inward and no one will blame you, at least youll finally be honest with yourself. Im not defending him or his actions just commenting ao the reality that seems to escape some of you. If youve never been a minority, you wouldnt understand what it is like and what we are up against.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  25. whoa!

    yea i'm feeling those who said he made $40m last year. And, yes, of course RAP is entertainment. I like some of his stuff.... but he is not the best. Jay-Z.... maybe. Now... about them babies' mamas he's got???? I know its his perogative whoever he sleeps with but when you are in ENTERTAINMENT and you do that, kids see the outcome and think its ok. Choose your battles my man! I know about 5 teenage boys with multiple babies' mamas. They look up to you man... stop it already

    February 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Lil Foxy

    Everything well be ok, Have hope and will be praying for you Mr. Dwayne Carter. God bless you and all your family, You were just in a wrong place at the wrong time. Your the best artist. (Y)

    Keep Rockin

    February 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  27. snoopy

    I am not a fan of rap, but this is not about rappers or African Americans, this is about someone who has always had a blatent disregard for the law. I watched something on TV last night and heard him say he "does what he wants". Well, if that's the case, then he should be prepared to pay the consequences. Dante Stallworth killed a man because he was driving drunk – he got probation and paid off the family. Chris Brown beat up his girlfriend – he got community service. Michael Vic financed dog fights – he went to prison; martha Stewart convicted of insider trading – although both are immoral and illegal – what is going on here? Where are the values and where is the justice? This man belongs in jail – I don't care what kind of music he sings.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Erica

    Steve – do you mean a miner that you herd? Or a minor that you heard?

    February 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Sebastian

    the constitution says we have a right during War to bear arms, so the answer to many of your questions is No. And every state has its own statues, and thank goodness NY is more strict otherwise the crime level would be off the charts.
    Maybe Jay-Z can mentor/teach Lil Wayne a few things, 1) he doesn't wear all the chains anymore, he's moved on, 2) if you have all that money and Lil Wayne does have body guards, why does he need a gun?? I think he should've gotten two years for gun possesion and possesion of drug paraphanelia, that is the minimum.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jason

    Nick is absolutely right... And this is the most racist forum I've ever read on CNN.com.

    Lil Wayne carrying a gun has done far less damage than those scumbags who re-fi'ed my 90 year old grandmas house that had no mortgage and now is underwater... And only God knows how many others those bankers "shot" with their "talent"...

    This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment and everything to do with top-down police policies...

    Countless bankers with a silver tongues each did more damage than Lil Wayne ever could have with that chrome gun. And while screwing a 90 yr old woman out of a house isn't a crime, Carter's blackness is.

    I'll be out of America as soon as I finish paying off debts caused my white people's greed. Abroad I can still her Carter's rhymes but the real gangsters from Wall Street hopefully wont be able to reach me

    February 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ERJ

    good, his music sucks and he should of never gotten signed to a label. maybe people will forget about him while he's in there.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. reality check

    A lot of people dont even understand that big name rappers are targeted... which you can look up the evidence the NYC keeps HUGE profiles in binders on different rappers and has a division in their department JUST for them...

    Look at how they GOT T.I. him and his friends where shot with automatic weapons in Cincinnati and one of his friends were killed.. then an AGENT set him up to buy weapons for self-protection... The last time I checked I didn't see Ludacris shooting up the block, or Busta Rhymes robbing old lady's walking down the street, or even JAY-Z sticking up a bank...

    But anyways, if you DO what is expected of you in the game you will be safe, and if you resist, you will face resistence by the machine. The entertainment industry is organized and with rap, you can submit powerful subliminal messages to MANY people... I'm sure all of you heard that Jay-Z song EVERYWHERE where he says... "Jesus can't save you life starts when the church ends"? UNDERSTAND WHATS GOING ON...

    February 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Citizen'76

    America is fracked...yes Mr. Wayne or Lil Wayne had no right to be smoking weed in public or at all. Second someone should have told him about the gun laws in New York. They are though but they are needed to help aginst crime.... America though is filled with closed minds and equal closed hearts. Look at that comments on this story. Many of them are filled with ignorant comments about him and those in his profession. Mr. Wayne is a artist and a human being. He pays taxes and as far as I know never sold secrets to Communist China. As Americans we shouldn't judge him or his profession without first knowing the facts. All people get robbed and if Mr. Wayne wanted to protect or take measures to protect himself, then he has a right to. His time would be better spent serving meals to the homeless and donating to local charities than going to jail for a year. Rather than going to jail at the expense of the local tax payers.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. SilverSpoon

    Look, im back again because you guys are sooo beyond wrong. You think you have rap/hiphop figured all out. IT'S ENTERTAINMENT! you guys arnt listing to this music if you think it all about killing, guns, drugs, and domestic violence...because thats a negative! and the racist weirdo that said the thing about "sending all Black/African Americans to war and leaving the White Anglo-Saxon Protestants here in the us", i take it you Anglo-Saxon and just so you know the rapper that spoke about the most violence, drugs, killing even raping women....is one of your fellow Anglo-Saxons Eminem, Slim Shady, or Marshal Mathers....im sure youve head of him. You guys are blogging with no point at all. your lame. Have a nice life Because Wayne is. he's Rich.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tammy

    Pray for Lil Wayne.....I pray for all of you. Especially you people w/no kind of remorse. God BLESS you all. Sad......

    February 9, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. lostconstitution

    doesn't our constitution say we have the "right to bear arms"?

    February 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. AmericanSoldier_Journalist

    To ZZ -> Are you kidding me? If gun laws were loosened in New York, you think it will be a safer place? Have you seen some of the people or met anyone in New York City???

    Also, You are completely dodging the fact that he was smoking marijuana on the side of the ride and getting high while carrying a loaded firearm!

    Any other person would have gotten multiple years for that and the sentencing would not have been 3 years after the fact.

    American double standards are just wonderful, aren't they?

    February 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Paper

    Take a good look at him and tell me what you see. I see another example of how satan continues to take control of misguided young black men. Being the product of ghetto (if you will) does not justify ones behavior. Has anyone ever heard of this thing called free will? It was given to us by God. Mr. Wayne is in this predicament because Mr. Wayne' chose this lifestyle and his friends (those who sit in our front row). Life is not physical, it is mental. Choose with spritual intelligence.

    Please young people, stop making excuses. Be all you can be, but remember there are consequences to your actions. Choose carefully who you will serve.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  39. nick

    I think he made somewhere around 40 million last year? Lil Wayne definitely has talent and I have enjoyed seeing what he comes up with next. Why so many haters on this forum? At least he is earning his money off of his real talents and not sitting on Wall Street somewhere raiding peoples 401K's and stealing investments. This guy is richer than most of us can conceptually understand, kind of like "politician rich" except you know where Lil Wayne is coming from. Give him a break. This guy has pure raw talent and an understanding on marketing that only AIG or Citi wish they had. Good luck to you Wayne. Looking forward to what this creative genius will produce once he's out of jail.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. itsonlymyopinion

    To "Ben", people do not need "multiple" chances. I believe if they mess up, depending on what it was, they should be afforded a "second" chance but give me a break, no one should get multiple chances to keep messing up. That is what is wrong with our society.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  41. racist = loser!!!

    Lil wayne is the best...he worked hard to have all the things he has today and so do a lot of rapppers who come from the ghetto. They are always targeted, and judged in this country. They dont think they are above the law, the law is just corupt from the top to the bottom and everyone knows this especially towards young rich rappers....except a few good men....very few....

    February 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Jason

    Lil Wayne is one of the most creative lyricists in music since Bob Dylan.

    I imagine that many of you venting here have never examined his lyrics as poetry before, but I implore you to.

    If you are familiar with the daily struggles many people go through, in terms of pain due to duplicitous nature of many individuals, not having enough money to secure your family's short term safety or feel pride in oneself, not having enough opportunities available to reach your full potential...

    Even if you cannot relate to the subject matter of the struggles Carter speaks about, his skills as a lyrical genius would easily overshadow your inability to relate. His stories, use of words, ability to rhyme phrases to words that don't seem to rhyme is remarkable.

    He rhymed "big pimpin" with "Bill Clinton"... LOL. WAYNE IS THE MOST CREATIVE RAPPER EVER!

    February 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  43. whoa!

    his face says "I am Music." I think he's mistaken. Michael Jackson.... now he WAS MUSIC

    February 9, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Embarrassing...

    As an African-American who grew up in the Hip-Hop generation, I get more and more embarrassed by the minute. This is why we have so much strife in the black community, because this stupid behavior aids in more stupid behavior and young boys think this is cool. It's not. I used to roll my eyes at my grandparents for talking about how it was important to make the race look good and not to bring shame to it...I wish they were here to tan (or blacken) Lil' Waynes (Mr. Carter's) hide! If he's so smart, I certainly can't tell.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  45. j

    how arrogant to think he will be able to work on an album while in jail. Give him a hammer and let him break rocks. Get a real life. If he didn't make tuneless music he would be on welfare.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. ABdi

    What a huge favor for Rap fans. This guy needs 5 or 10 years in prison..I'm sick of his crap music..he doesn't even rap..he has no talent..just a loser... a corporate rapper! Before the gun crime charges, he should have been arrested for his stupid music!

    Colbert, what are you doing there?

    February 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  47. SilverSpoon

    look, im back because you guys are sooo beyond wrong. You think you have rep/hiphop figured all out. IT'S ENTERTAINMENT!

    February 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Anthony

    Quite a few of these comments show failures in the educational system. "Miner" = minor, "that very bad" = this is very bad. I could go on. Instead of holding up this guy as a role model, why don't you study something in school and avoid becoming an ignorant idiot like this man.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Steve Dave

    This dirty looking dude (thing) called Lil' Wayne is ugly. Someone please put a bag over his head. He belongs stuck underneath some bridge, but locked up is the next best solution.

    Stephen Colbert in the background, awesome. Run Colbert! You gonna get robbed!

    February 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  50. REG

    he is no where near the best rapper alive. we have TI Jay Z Kayne, ludacris and many others. But anyway why are rappers so dumb. The law really watch certain people so why not stay clean when you should know you are being watched.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Deevo

    Lil Wayne is a very talented artist. I can't wait for him to get out and release the newest Carter album! When he gets out he should get is "right to carry" and then these sorts of things won't happen again. That's what all the "red-necks" do these days. Rappers and thugs should too! He's a very wealthy man and he's got to protect himself. I'd carry a gun on me too if I were him.

    How often do you see wealthy celebrities shoot people? Never. Leave the man alone! Just because someone expresses themselves with tattoos or by their lyrics in their songs, or the way they dress, or whatever, people judge them. What makes you so much better then the next guy? I don't get it. It's the people that judge and hate others that make this nation such a horrible place.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Scott

    "what a waste so much talent. Maybe he will learn from this"

    I agree in hoping he will learn from this, BUT I wholeheartedly disagree about any part of Lil Wayne being a waste of talent. He has many shortcomings, but obviously talent isn't one of them or this wouldn't even be a story.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Steve

    I could care less how this guy makes a living. Some might call it music but that is a subjective thing. I do know that we must abide by the law of the land, regardless if you are ignorant of them. Lil Wayne broke the law not once but twice. Having an unregistered hand gun concealed on him and smoking a controlled substance. End of story. Go to jail. Go directly to jail and do not pass Go and collect your $200. Very simple story here.
    When he gets out I will betcha he won't be carrying that gun on him anymore. For the folks that THINK he has to protect himself due to his wealth, fame and living standard, you are clueless. How many celebs can you name that pulled out an illegally owned gun to protect themselves? Zero! Live by the gun, die by the gun.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Sodapop

    I know its a superficial comment, but seriously, this guy is one ugly mug. I have nothing against tattoos...but come one, at least get some decent ones, are these done by your homey with a guitar string and india ink? I really love the comments that this clown's sentence was racist, speaking of the garbage tattoo's he's got, check out the "DAMU Blood" gang tattoo's. what do you expect? If myself as a whiteboy was arrested after I went and got a big swastika tattooed on my chest and and then burned a cross on someones lawn, would my actions surprise you? And please dont tell me that his gang tattoos were from "growin up in poverty", they were added after a level of success....this guy is trash.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mitcheld

    What a hot, ugly, mess! Seriously...this guy has no talent, he is a horrible role model, and looks absolutely ridiculous. He is an egomaniac with an inferiority complex.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Corgar

    Music is like candy...throw away the (w)rappers!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Peter Paul

    Big deal, he's going to jail, oh no! A year later and he goes back to his game with even more credibility now that he did his time, like all good lil' rappers who are true to the game should do. Yea, it's gotta suck having this guy as a role model.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  58. luis

    Jonathan T., yes of course, at that very moment it would not matter but it would matter at the trial. and that is what i was reffering to when i spoke about bernard goetz.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Mike

    All of yall defending this guy like he is some kind of hero need to wake up. The stupidity of some of these so called artist these days never ceases to amaze me. Hip-hop is fake all it is is a bunch of millionaires singing about how hard and unfair their life is.It must be hard counting all that money.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. panorama

    guess the guy will be out soon...cant wait 1 year with out listening to weezy's songs...we looooooove u weezy....!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Papo

    Why was he arrested for this, when he is guilty of worse crimes such as his songs and the "I AM MUSIC" tattoo on his face?

    February 9, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  62. S

    WHY! These guys make millions of dollars a year and yet they don't learn and as a father figure it is embarrassing. Hope he does well on his albums but man these rappers need to focus on the money and setting an example for those who are less fortunate.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jaren May

    He's my boy. Love and peace lil' Wayne.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  64. ihatestupidpeople

    why is anyone defending this moron...smoking weed on a public street, just asking to get in trouble...with a gun on him...doesn't get any dumber than that...i'd lock him up for life it i was up to me

    February 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Joe

    Typical rap stuff, probably his records sales are very sluggish or he's can't sell any more albums because his "street cred" just went into the sissy scale.
    This is just a way for him to gain "street cred" and the way to do that is to get charged with some 'doctored' charges so he could end up in prison for a little bit or long enough to build up his reputation so he could sell more records.

    This is garbage.

    "Up until his sentencing, Wayne has been working on his next album, "Tha Carter IV," and he told Rolling Stone in an interview that he doesn't plan to stop working while he's in prison."

    February 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Mark

    Celebirties need to be punished with harder sentences than the common person. Reason is they are being viewed by youth that idolize them. So if a celebrity commits a crime and gets off with a lessor sentence what message does it send to our kids? Charlie Sheen is a perfect example that teaches our kids to treat women like crap and abuse them and nothing happens. Tiger Woods another example. Mel Gibson another example.. Time after time we just turn a blind eye and forgive them and they suffer no Consequences for their actions.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jonathan T.

    Luis, really? If I was arrested out on the street in NYC smoking dope sporting an illegally-possed handgun, I would most definitely go to jail. The police probably would not care what I had done for the community prior to the moment of my arrest or that I am white. Break the law, go to jail.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Doug

    It is a sad state of society, where this prison term will increase his marketability. It is far worse that kids buy into him roll model, they love the drugs, guns and money. Look how he was celebrated on Grammy Awards through his rap performance. In reality, society is now putting him in cage and caring for him for a year.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Bob

    Yeah, referring to women as "bitches" and "ho's" is real art. Nothing like a little pornography for our kids all behind the guise of "Freedom of Speech." Gee, "Li' Wayne" how many "F-Bombs" can you drop on our kids and call it art? How about throwing in the "C-Word" too? Good on ya! Class act my friend...

    I guess because he has made millions off of other's ignorance and depraved attitude toward women makes him OK; kind of like organized crime bosses, drug peddlers and kiddie pornagraphers. They must be OK too.

    Give me a break and get an education...

    February 9, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Dog Musicman

    Yes, he is so musical and talented... I could post the lyrics to one of his "songs" and it would be banned from CNN for indecency. Folks, you need to wake up.... he is just a vulgar thug.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Richard

    "... what a waste so much talent. Maybe he will learn from this." Naa he's just a waste of time. People who think since they are famous they can get away with things like gun posession or drugs, well I hope he rots in jail. His "music" if you want to call it that, is just a copy from the other artists in the same field. Don't feel pitty for him. He dug himself into this mess and he should dig himself out. If he really feels remorse for what he is charged for, I doubt it, then donate a sizeable amount of money to help fund the resources to educate kids to stay off drugs and continue to help fund these resources. A little PR may help his excuse of a "rapping" career.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  72. W

    ok guys, so how many of us are reading this and talking trash on company's time?

    February 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Joe P.

    The funny part is when he carried a gun when he was 12 and shot himself in the leg and obviously didn't learn from that so prison won't do him any good either. He claims to be a martian so maybe we should ship him to Mars. Getting caught in NYC hopefully he goes to rikers that place is not a "celebrity jail".

    February 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  74. John Stults

    I wonder if he'll make a song for his new boyfriend he is going to get in prison...

    February 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Kevin Couch

    You'll want to check your grammar for your opening sentence, because it appears to be misleading by sentence structure.
    It should read as follows: On Tuesday morning, rapper Lil Wayne will formally be sentenced in the Manhattan Supreme Court to a year-long prison term for gun possession, CNN has learned.
    As it's written now, it sounds like he was caught with gun possession in the Manhattan Supreme Court.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Eddie B.

    He has to pay like anyone else. These stars with these guns are out of control.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Steven Mc

    Some story, different rapper. When are they going to be punished accordingly? What gives them more leniency in court than the people who buy their albums? Let's just hope he doesn't have to li-li-lick it like a lollipop! Bubba may also want a thug, Little Wayne.....

    February 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Nat

    For you those that believe everything posted Wayne was not on the streets smoking Marijuana, they were on a bus that was pulled over. The police entered, seen what was going on and felt they needed to search the bus. He took the rap for the gun, but who knows if it was really his. There were convicted felons on his bus at the time so he may have decided to take the charge since he has no background!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Ann

    We all make choices by putting ourselves in certain situations. Bad choices put us in bad situations. I don't like the kind of music Lil Wayne puts out but that doesn't matter. He probably has all the money he will ever need to take care of his family so why not make a better life for them. Don't hang around where he is putting himself in jeopardy. There have to be places that are safe to go to party and have a good time where he won't be bothered. He must have body guards, let them carry the guns. If he thinks he needs a gun then set an example and get a permit to carry. Be responsible for your own actions, set an example for all the kids that look up to you and don't act like a thug.

    He shouldn't get any more jail time than any other person regardless of his fame but if he wasn't breaking the law he wouldn't be in trouble.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Harvard

    I'm not even a Lil Wayne fan, but you can tell the majority of people commenting aren't rap fans. My advice to you is don't listen to it. Go listen to the Who if it makes you feel better. Calling him a thug, punk, and all those other names, is that necessary? What the average fan don't understand is NYPD (and probably most other police departments) make a habit of harassing these young black celebrities. Let's put it this way, if you look like Lil Wayne and get pulled over by the cops, chances are you will find some kind of violation. I doubt the Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, and the likes go through the same thing. Leave these rappers alone and let them entertain.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Karl

    Better to get caught with one than without one. & Most of the comments I read here sound like they come from insecure haters. He's doing his time, why do you care how many years he's doing anyway. It's not a celebrity double standard... it's a money double standard. Go make some & you can get bottle service & skip that long ass line at the club too.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Anonymous

    To Diane: Waste of talent? Are you kidding. It is a 1 year sentence for gun possession charges. NY is simply making an example out of people caught with firearms. I guess you failed to consider that Wayne did nothing other than possess the gun. He did not discharge the firearm. He did not threaten anyone with it. Plus, this will skyrocket his stardom. Reference T.I. when he was convicted. Oh and it has the potential to curb his well-known drug habits. On second thought, I guess that would a waste of talent .... (The sarcasm is thick)

    February 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Justin

    He's a convicted Felon. He's not supposed to have a gun. Period. That's the law and it goes for anyone in any state, any race. If you're a law abiding citizen and have a concealed carry permit with a LEGALLY OBTAINED handgun, more power to you, but if you don't you're breaking the law and you'll suffer the consequences, celebrity or not.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Thatguy

    Pfft Talent, no talent in any rappers. Take beats, put some words in, and make money. Capitalism has taken it's toll in the USA. Wonder why the rest of this world doesn't listen to that crap? Give a Rapper a mic and pray he can sing worth a damn.

    Talent, this guy is not, and should have been sentenced to atleast 10 years behind bars. Then he would have about 5 record deals about his time there.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  85. luis

    celebrity prison? they dont have those in new york state. the stupidity of most of the comments here about wayne are just that, stupid. see you dont know the details of what he does because the press refuses to demonstrate hispanics and blacks for what they do in their community but rather show people ate their worst.

    Bernard goetz was "protecting himself" when he road the train in New York with a weapon and shot three men when they tried to rob him and he only got 6 months time.

    oh wait he was white!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  86. The Maxx

    Inside of CRAP is RAP.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  87. ww

    There's a place for everyone

    February 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Tom

    I think it's funny the amount of people who defend him because "he's a rapper and grew up in a poor environment". The fact that one feels compelled to carry a gun perhaps means that they are heading down the wrong road in life.

    And for the record, hip/hop and rap has nothing to do with all this gangsta garbage that's out now. What happened to feel good music, that didn't involve rims drugs guns and hoes? What happened to trying to uplift your community instead of glorifying the fact that you're poisoning your own people?

    February 9, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  89. wayne'swack

    he should be sentenced to life without parol for being wack.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  90. LJ

    THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE GOES DOWN TODAY.....This year is going to suck for the music industry because wayne IS the music industry...and btw for everyone who thinks that he is a thug and stuff think about what other crimes has he committed other than drugs and gun POSSESSION (not the use of a firearm) both of which are non-violent crimes.....im sure if you were a multi-millioinaire that everyone loves you would want a gun to protect yourselves from all of those crazy people out there too...if you think that every person in this world who has ever used drugs should be sent to jail then your crazy, some of the most influential people in this world today have used drugs at some point in there life...so point in case dont judge a book by its cover

    February 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Eric Montgomery

    Lil' Wayne has actually been a MAJOR positive influence in NOLA. After Katrina he was the ONLY rapper that stayed and made music, good music. I think it's a shame to go to prison for weed, even though I don't smoke it, it still is less harmful than alcohol. Say what you want, but I've known quite a few rappers in my time, and Weezie is the hottest brother out there right now.

    I'm from Louisiana, you would be crazy to go to some clubs not strapped. I hang out with NFL players and celebrities sometimes, it isn't that the 5 or so that get busted are an anomaly, it's just that they are the unfortunate ones that got caught by a bad cop.

    I love this guy, he is as unique as E-40, as talented as Biggie and Twista, and is as business smart as Master P and Jay-Z.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Producer

    Some people are stating that this is a waste of his talent, but the matter of the fact is that he is not a lawyer, he is not a cop, he is not a financial advisor. He's not Tiger Woods. He's an entertainer. He's a rapper. A bad boy image that sells. Once he's out of jail he'll be bigger than ever before! Right now he's getting some of the best publicity of his career. Best in terms of fame, power, and money – something that a vast majority of the population wants and very very few obtain. In moral terms.... well that's a whole other issue. Which by the way, when you're as big as Lil Wayne anything that happens to you seems to be as "meant to be" by God. Doesn't really matter what it is. You consider yourself as "really special" since the rest of the world treats you as such.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  93. m6

    Lil Wayne is a very talented individual, as well as hardworking and determined. Most of the people saying he is "trash" have not even listened to his work, and the rest are biased because of his look. He is very deserving of his success because he has earned it. I have much respect for Wayne, and I am confident he will continue to do great things. So good luck to you Lil Wayne, and I can't wait for Tha Carter IV !

    February 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Danny

    I am not a fan of his music or of rap in general but I think a lot of people on here are judging without knowing the full extent of the story and how he was pretty much set up by the NYPD just for being an outspoken marijuana smoker. They searched him and gave him a lot of flack before his show in NYC and he made a comment on stage about the crazy treatment from the police.

    When there bus was leaving the cops pulled it over and found a lot of pot just like any other musicians tourbus in the country (come on you have to know that) and the gun wasn't his. They were out to get him. I mean Plaxico Burress shot himself in NYC and got two years so it makes sense to possess a gun in a tour bus which is legally his home thus making it legal to own a gun if it was licensed and would need a warrant to search.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Naissa

    Why are all of you complaining about him having a damn gun? If he got caught with that in Texas he'd have not been prosecuted at all. Chill.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  96. BIRDIE

    i see everyone took their hater pills, if you know what prison is really like you wouldnt wish that on anyone, he has done alot of good things also, you dont like his music change the station, I hope God wont judge you as hard as you are him. people make mistakes,put what has he done to really hurt anyone, He is who he is.... and i dont buy his music ... i look at who he is.....

    February 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Mike

    Keep your head up playa! We'll be waiting for you when you get out.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Florida

    To every one that points out he has a right to own a gun. You are wrong federal law prohibits convicted felons from owning firearms. Dwayne Carter is a convicted felon

    February 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  99. ja

    how we expect so much from rappers, when the preachers, policticans or the socalled leaders are plagued in scandal, Spitzer,Sanford, Edwards, Haggard, the greed factor in America, the young generation feed off of the scandals, even the wars we are waging, send strong signals

    February 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Connor Lentz

    So all of you claiming that because he is a "Target" for being rich, successful, and the owner of many valuable items, he should be allowed to protect himself, is that correct what you're saying? I for one believe we all should be able to protect ourselves. All of the commentors saying "What about the right to bare arms?" Yes, we all have the right to bare bare arms, but most states require permits, and most states require concealed weapons permits, and most states also have laws that make committing a fire-arm crime while in possession, or while under the influence of an illegal drug, more serious. So yes, I agree we all have the right to bare arms, and I agree we all should be allowed to protect ourselves, within the regulations of the law. The fact is this, Lil Wayne broke the law by being in possession of a gun while under the influence of an illegal substance. Simple as that. It was not the fact that he had a gun, for all you people who say he's a target. It is the fact that he was smoking Marajuana ON A PUBLIC STREET CORNER. Now this is not going to turn into an argument about the legality of Marajuana, but according to the law, as it is written here and now, he was on the wrong side of it. Mixing illegal substances with weapons is a felony in almost EVERY STATE IN THE UNION. There's nothing to argue about concerning his actions. If you want to argue the legality of Marajuana, then do so with the subject topic. If you want to argue that there should not be crimes associated with the possession of guns and being uner the influence of illegal substances then do so. But do not make excuses for someone who by-the-book broke the law. He's doing the proper amount of time, in a federal prison. As for allegations of him having sexual interactions with a minor, well, hopefully no one in prison reads the newspaper, because the other inmates do not take kindly to child sex offenders.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Conrad

    "Steve February 8th, 2010 4:06 pm ET
    What about the claims of getting caught doing indecent things to a miner? So i herd on 104.5 dallas?"

    ....Damn crimes against those miners. The coal already gives them enough trouble.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Colt

    In a free country neither of this man's actions would be punishable. You, as sovereign being with inalienable rights, have the right to keep and bear arms and to provide yourself with medication when and where you feel it necessary. Medical Establishment be damned.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  103. DMC

    Might be for his own good so he will not play with guns and shoot himself...hmmm, but what about the welfare of society...GIVE HIM BACK THE GUN!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Joe Black

    He looks like a little twerp! Punk! Needs a gun otherwise he would get squashed. Craap music (if you call it that) too!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Liz

    "Police said Carter and another man were smoking marijuana on a New York City street, and a .40-caliber pistol in Carter's possession."
    That sentence makes absolutly no sense. They were smoking marijuana and a pistol? Did someone discharge the pistol? How do you smoke a pistol? Is this a new type of drug or a new way to smoke marijuana? Who ever wrote that sentence was smoking something.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Will

    He is just another piece of dirt criminal that knows he will be rewarded in the end for his actions. More idiots will run out and buy his next album because he is so something in their eyes. The legal system is nothing more than a mother to criminals. We do not punish to teach a lesson, we punish to create an image. Beyond that image, our system only cares that the fine incomes continues to grow.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  107. billyA

    whoa a miner. was he not wearing a helmet?

    February 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Jeremy

    From poster:
    February 8th, 2010 8:27 pm ET
    This is stupid, just like Plaxico Burress. Why are they wasting tax payer money incarcerating celebrities (or anyone) for gun possession, which should not even be a crime. You should have a right to carry a firearm. Remember, Plaxico Burress had a concealed carry permit in another state. What made him a danger to the public in NY not in the other states where his permit would have been valid? New York needs to loosen its gun laws and may be it would be a much safer place.

    My response:
    That's got to he the dumbest thing I ever heard. You need to be in jail for talking such non-sense. Plaxico had a gun permit for another state but it was EXPIRED. The idiot was wearing sweat pants and the gun was just loosely hanging on his waist WITHOUT a holster. That's a violation tight there permit or not. The gun falls from his waist, DISCHARGES, and the bullet narrowly misses hitting a security guards head. THAT'S WHY, he's in jail......

    February 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Anne

    DalSteve... people said the same thing about Rock N Roll... guess the naysayers were wrong because look how popular that genre became and still is today. There are plenty of lyrics in Rock, Pop, even Country that are just as, or even more, degrading and inappropriate as any Lil Wayne song. I'm sure you just choose to dislike him more because he doesn't conform to your standards of society. Well friend, you don't rule the world, so you might as well just learn to accept it the way it is!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Klaatu

    I guess Lil Wayne is proof you cant but lipstick on a pig.....only in his case, it doesnt matter how many tattoos he has, money he has, or "talent" he has,,,,he's a thug, a druggie and piece of work.....buh bye

    February 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Frank

    I am pretty disappointed with the caliber of reporting from CNN. I find typos and grammar mistakes often. Take this article for example. It states, "Police said Carter and another man were smoking marijuana on a New York City street, and a .40-caliber pistol in Carter's possession."

    Shouldn't the word "found" be used when referring to the pistol? The way it is written, it sounds like they were smoking the .40-caliber pistol as well as the marijuana.

    Please CNN, proofread your work.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  112. iOWNyou

    Sad thing is you can tell who listens to this idiot just by the lack of English in their comments. Shouldn't you kids be in school?

    February 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  113. J

    Why is it illegal to hook up with a miner? they are perfectly normal adults who just get dirty working with coal and other earthly products....

    February 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Jeff

    I wonder if he will no longer wear his "pants on the ground" after his prison term.

    People don't realize what sagging the pants means until they are behind bars.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Mr Cali

    Only God Can Judge!!!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Shauna

    it doesn't matter what Wayne did he is still the all time rapper of the world...because its not like anyone has ever had a gun or got in trouble before...also, for the "another thug hater" and "inigo montoya" who cares if his pants are low or anything he's still a person....everybody has their own sense of style and who cares if you hate thugs because one of these days by the way of your whole racial profiling and racism stuff is something that will come back and haunt you...like everyone says KARMA sucks..so don't dis lil wayne because he is still a person like everyone else he just expresses how he feels and his life in raps and not just all raps he sings songs that isn't raps either...so get on with you life and stop hating on him....

    February 9, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Charlie S

    you mean he was doing a miner in additon to doing a minor? he needs to grow up and be accountable for his actions.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Stephen

    Indecent acts to a miner? Are we talking about a coal miner?

    February 9, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  119. DalSteve

    First of all, since when is rap "art"? Sampling other artists' music and putting together macho, grammatically-illiterate, sexist, hate-filled lyrics to it is hardly worthy of calling it Chopin. I'll admit that rap music can be entertaining, and the early work of the Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Mel was pretty innovative and clever stuff, but it ain't art.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  120. Anne

    oops, i mean wouldn't call that above the law

    February 9, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  121. Kimberly

    I think it is seriously screwed up that he is going away for possession...no, a year is not a long time. However, I have heard of people committing far more serious crimes and only serving three years out of a ten years sentence. Certain commentors are getting riled up, acting as though it's Christmas because another black rapper is being locked up...Nevermind that he is rich and able to support however many kids he chooses to make. Nevermind that there are millions who enjoy his work instead of defining his life achievements - which many envy - as "crap." I certainly don't have a Grammy sitting on the mantle. And appearance-wise, I respect the fact that he knows how to enjoy what nature gave him rather than spend thousands on a plastic surgeon. And I don't want to start any diatribes or tirades aimed in my direction but the person that posted under "talent???" needs an imagination. The word "nerd" wasn't a word until Dr. Seuss thought it up. Think of all the people who said or did something no one had ever thought to think or do. I'm pretty sure someone like you was in the background booing when the first wheel was made. If Dwayne Carter is an idiot, then so are you. Go win a Grammy.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  122. Anne

    Troy- "another celebrity above the law"? What? The man plead GUILTY and is now going to jail... I would call that "above the law".

    Interesting description by the police... I think it's pretty well known that they actually boarded his tour bus after smelling something they believed was MaryJ. They didn't even know who Lil Wayne was, nor was the gun actually on his body. It was just in a seat on the bus and Wayne took the rap for it (whether or not it was really his, who knows). I really wouldn't call that above the law.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  123. PlayJ

    Lil' Wayne will continue to make sick music from the inside? AWESOME! The only reason he had a gun is because he's famous and grew up in a blood neighborhood meaning that he is constantly in danger from opposing gangs. it was for self defence.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  124. Minnesota Mike

    I think he's pretty cool. I pack heat wherever I go and love to hit em with dat burner! Lil Weeezy kills it! Hopefully he gets out in a month.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  125. ME

    Responding to Huh?-you are absolutely correct. And is he being senteneced in Manhattan Supreme Court or did he possess a gun in Manhattan Supreme Court??? Poor writing.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  126. JoMama

    Steve – A miner? Did he beat up a coal miner? What do miners have to do with Lil Wayne's case?

    February 9, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  127. inigo montoya

    He should go to a real prison so he will learn to pull his pants up, plain and simple! He is old enough to know right from wrong and this short stay does not do any justice for people who might view him as a role model.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  128. another thug hater

    Yet another thug, as all the rest of them. Thinking they are above the law. Also, think that they can always yell "racism" or "racial profiling" when charged with a crime. His rap sheet is probably as long as his arms put together.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  129. Jason

    To zz, you asked of Plaxico Burress "What made him a danger ..."

    How about this?

    Burress was dumb enough to carry a semi-automatic pistol, with a round chambered, into a crowded night club...in the waist band of his sweat pants. Then to have it go off and shoot himself in the leg. Really, you shouldn't use Plaxico Burress as an example for your argument.

    There are 3 examples of somebody not knowing ANYTHING at all about gun safety.

    As a gun owner, I find it alarming that some people are more concerned about the right to carry guns wherever they want than they are about the need to use common sense when it comes to public safety.

    Guys like Burress, Lil' Wayne, and you, zz, give fodder to anti-gun groups with your obvious disregard for common sense when it comes to firearms.

    Tulsa, OK

    February 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  130. RapIsLikeRapeForTheEars

    Lock him up for 10 years. Illegal possession of a gun by some thug is only one step from murder or involuntary manslaughter.

    Talking about drugs,violance, beating women and the police will never be "art" in my mind.

    Get rid of that trash and I'm sure the young black male community would see much improvement in quality of life.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  131. Joe Brown

    Not that his music is worth listening to or I agree witht he drug usage, but this country used to have the right to bear arms. So much for our rights. THe liberals in NY have villianized anyone with a weapon. We should have a right to defend ourselves. It's not like he was holding up a liquor store with a gun. Geez. Exhale everyone and take a step back.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  132. Max

    I wish him the best.
    Get out early and continue to make great music!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  133. Will

    Steve – would that be a coal miner?

    February 9, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  134. Kim

    I love you and what you do lil Wayne! No one has talked about all the charity work you do for New Orleans etc. Be blessed and no stress.....remember all you "judges and judgers" Judge not less you be judged. !!!! xoxoxoxo Lil Wayne

    February 9, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  135. Maurice

    What a joke. This scum bucket, pants on the ground, ghetto rat is going to "school" where he, if anything, will "learn" how to be a better criminal, and when he gets out he will make millions bragging about how he was locked up in "da pen". I have a more simple solution – HANG HIM! And for all you people calling people like me "haters", you better look at who you are trying to defend – Lil Wayne – ever listen to his lyrics, if that is what you want to call the flow of fecal matter than flows from his mouth? I'm sure there is a lot of love there – just listen to how he talks about women – you call that love? He is a hater himself, so deserves it heaped back on him. He calls himself a nigga, and what is the definition of that? Would you trust anybody who calls themselves a thief, liar, ripoff, etc.?

    February 9, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  136. MAMoor

    What is the deal with some of this bad language/grammar and spelling? Minor-child, not miner. Heard–listening, not herd, like a group of animals!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  137. 2535sammmy

    we arent talking about Dwayne Carter.........BOB we are talking about lil wyane

    February 9, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  138. Lynn

    What a idiot! I think he deserves to be in jail because he exploits women so much in all his songs! I am glad he will be spending sometime behind bars!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  139. Don

    Oh yeah, NO MORE AUTO TUNE Vocals. Amen

    February 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  140. Willy Brown

    One less cRap mouther running amuck. Good

    February 9, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  141. Don

    If he thought he needed to carry a gun, he has enough money to get a legal weapon with a permit to carry concealed. Young people with money and NO common sense. This fool smoked weed on the street in front of a cop.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  142. Bob

    Sadly, Dwayne Carter is noting more than a filth merchant. The deplorable language he uses towards women is nothing short of sickening. What a sad state of our society for anyone to cosider this disgusting trash as art. Why we accept this putrid behavior and allow our children to listen to it is beyond me...

    I agree with Shcoker...good ridance...

    February 9, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  143. Rblaz

    Looking like a fool with his pants on the ground.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  144. BlahBlah

    lol indecent things to a miner? Miners are usually pretty big guys I think they could take on Wayne. Plus with those pick axes they always carry around.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  145. da

    waiste of talent? this is what he wants, more street cred, how exactley is he waisting talent, you cant rap in jail? man the world sure is gonna hurt now that lil wayne is locked up......waiste of talent...wow....

    February 9, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  146. Cody

    wow, rappers get shot... hes safer with a gun.... And Wayne is "the Greatest rapper alive" – thats true.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  147. MissNorth

    haha good.

    his music sucks anyway.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  148. gadigad

    rap has changed for the worse..hip hop is dead..thanks to lil wayne for makin dumb rap into mainstream rap. now he can go to jail and get his cherry popped, or maybe birdman already did it...

    February 9, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  149. iekoop

    I honestly can't stand LiL Wayne's music. To me, it sounds like he put a bunch of gum balls in his mouth and decided to rhyme a bunch of words together. A pre-schooler could do much better. However, that being said, what he's being charged with is not that big of a deal. Everyone should have the right to bear arms and with him being as big of a celebrity as he is, I don't blame him for carrying a gun. There are a lot of crazies out there. And he was smoking pot. It's not like he was smoking crack or shooting heroin. He's not a rapper to be an influence on your kids. Parents should be the influence and if your kids decide to smoke pot because LiL Wayne does, then you did something wrong with raising your kids.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  150. Ronnie

    Lock him up!!!

    I hope this serves as a reality check for those punks that look up to this loser.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  151. steve

    to Brandon:

    No, from the looks of the story, our stereotypes seem to be dead-on correct

    February 9, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  152. Shocker

    Good Riddance!!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  153. dave

    This guy is a criminal and deserves to be locked up – lord knows this isn't his first oeffense. Its disgusting that people buy his garbage – and its criminal that record companies find these worthless uneducated pieces of trash just to enrich themselves at the expense of young people. No sense of social responsibility at all. Yet we turn these social rejects into celebrities. They're worthless!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  154. mike

    he won;t learn from anything.... im a huge fan and excited hes going in, his new music is going to be sick from chillin in jail for so long

    February 9, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  155. chuck

    To Kristy:
    Maybe you did not read and comprehend the entire story. He was packing heat WHILE SMOKING MARIJUANA - ON THE CITY STREETS.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  156. rita

    These rappers just seem so happy to fall right into the hole of negative generalizations that most Americans hold for them. Most of our uneducated and even a few educated put these multiple baby makers (with different mothers all over the country) on a tall pedestal and we point our dirty little fingers in the eyes of law-abiding gay couples who want to adopt unwanted babies and play Chopin during his or her formative years instead of vulgarities and attitude filled thuggery and misogynist lyrics. If you want thug children, then live a thug life and the chances are high that you will be back in prison again one day, except this time visiting your offspring that you had no clue as how to raise.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  157. The Nonracist of the bunch

    Everyone who thinks rap music is only about gun-totting, drug using, women beating gangsters, I challenge you to listen to Talib Kweli, Mos Def, The Roots, K-Os, De La Soul, Common, etc....the list goes on and on. This is real hip-hop music!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  158. Steve

    Stephen Colbert in the right hand side. You got a good eye Joe.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  159. NotsoSilentObserver

    This is no waste of talent. This is a waste of the gifts his fans have given him by buying his records. What a role model.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  160. brian

    You mean minor.....

    February 9, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  161. Is he the guy who's parents are rich?

    Or is that little john. I get them confused, rap hasn't been good since the 1990s.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  162. Mylo

    He didn't do anything. There was no crime that affected another human being. He is a victim of over zealous extreme regulation by law enforcement in out country. He didn't get off light. 1 year in prison would not be fun.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  163. billy miller

    lil wayne is an idiot and a cancer to society...instead of being a positive role model he is the epitomy of what is wrong with this country.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  164. 1 Iron

    What's with all the HATE Im reading here. Its nice to know that people can be who they really are when they can hide behind their computers. These are your nieghbors, at least we know who this rapper is be it ugly or not.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  165. sean

    racism???? what are you talking about. if the man wants to protect himself, purchase a weapon legally and register it in your name. get a license to carry the weapon. HE BROKE THE LAW AND MUST PAY FOR IT.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  166. Joe

    "BEST RAPPER ALIVE. See you in a year Weezy, these chumps can go mainline draino."

    Just like Weezy used to main line Heroine and probably still does, Best rapper alive....you obviously only listen to local radio and MTV. It sickens me that people call him a lyricist....has he ever ryhmed anything informative? Has his music ever told a story?

    Need to look at real MC's like J-Live, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Raekwon, Ghostface, I could name hundred who blow "Weezy" out of the water.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  167. Wayne Hater

    This guy is the epitome of terrible music. "Rappers" of his style do nothing at all to demonstrate talent – they only leap around on stage, flash their guns, and yell. Jay Z is the talented opposite of this buffoon.

    Does nobody remember his terrible, embarrassing, talent-less guitar playing on SNL a couple years ago? Now THAT was hilarious.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  168. bduce

    If you haven't got any musical talent there is always rap. This piece of crap would be shacking up with a woman and her 3 kids living off her welfare payments and gang banging full time if some idiot hadn't told him he could earn money like the rest of the talentless thugs rapping. The stupidity of this generation is amazing. RAP, Jersey Shores, Vick, and gangs. A generation lost and has no hope of contributing anything to society except murder and mayhem.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  169. Crookers

    finally! a year without Wayne!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  170. jb

    Is that Jada Pinkett-Smith??

    February 9, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  171. john

    "New York needs to loosen its gun laws it would be a much safer place." What? That doesn't make sense at all... these gun laws protect us from thugs like Wayne who carry guns for gangster repuatation. You want to carry a gun, get a real license so we know you know how to use it properly. If you carry a gun without the required license, go directly to jail; do not pass go, do not collect $200.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  172. Lawdog

    Right on Marcus.....another rapper getting what he deserves. He has several kids, rediculous tattoos, smoking weed and a gun. Rap and hip-hop are the scurge of decent society. Good thing their are people like me to go out and put people like this behind bars.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  173. AG

    "These kids these days" - You guys sound so old. Let Wayne live, he's serving his time without complaining.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  174. Dizzle

    It always amazes me how much all of you (yes, YOU) are surprised by this stuff... just because you get fame and money, it doesn't change the person you are. Call it what it is: Weezy is a weed smoking, gun toting, syrup sipping, incredibly wealthy and talented music making cat who lives like this b/c he enjoys it.

    So, he gets caught with a piece, and has to go to jail. Is he surprised? No. Are YOU? Yes. Then you (yes, YOU again) start on this "what a pity, what a waste, I hope he changes..." stuff.

    Honestly - save that dribble. He'll change when (and IF) he wants to. Not just because he has dough. Until then, enjoy the 6×9 homie.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  175. James Sullivan

    That's a man? I thought it was an ugly girl. Anyway – glad the little punk is going to jail.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  176. JON

    A miner, what indecent things did he do…steal his pick ax, take the bulb out of his flash light. You’re a knuckle head. M-I-N-O-R

    February 9, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  177. CaptainAhab

    Right or wrong, this is not music. This is a poem of how " The man is keeping us down and I have to pack heat to protect myself" Its utter BS is what it is. All the money from all the albums this kid has sold and it has still not bought him an ounce of common sense or reason.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  178. Jim

    And what a waste of a face..

    February 9, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  179. KG

    BEST RAPPER ALIVE. See you in a year Weezy, these chumps can go mainline draino.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  180. James

    The funny thing is that kids these day love this guy. This makes him more of a hero. Every generation is getting worse. If you think this guy is bad wait until his kids kids are the ones taking care of you.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  181. Cosworth

    Let me guess, He sells rap talk. Probably about how he is going to kick someone's ass, or kill a cop or beat up his girlfriend? The kids today think violence is cool and buy that stuff right up. They have been doing it for over 30 years now. You would think they would be smarter than to listen to the same thing for over 30 years, But no. I

    What ever happened to being smart? What ever happened to being nice?

    February 9, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  182. Terry

    All this will do is increase his "gangsta" status, and help him sell even more albums. Ridiculous.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  183. Marcus

    Another Thug-Rapper finally getting what he deserves from the justice system. How can our society idolize these wanna-be violent criminals and dope smokeers? I guess he'll be allowed to work on his 4th abbum while in prison because we don't want to violate his civil rights?!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  184. ProgRules

    hahaha YES that does look like Stephen Colbert to the right of Wayne!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  185. jim

    what a Joke. the fact he's even popular is a sad reflection on society. i don't hate rap/hip hop either, as long as it's good. maybe in prison he can actually learn how to play guitar rather than buying one just to sling around his poser back. such an insult to a real musician to see this joke throwing around a $2000 Taylor T5.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  186. shawn

    It is sad to see him going to jail for something I THOUGHT was an Americans right according to the second amendment. Punishment defenitely doesnt fit the crime. Makes me frustrated with our govt. and especially with our citizens for allowing our govt to rip away our rights and freedoms, whats next? Stripping our wives and children of their clothing to stare at them in the nude under the pretense of a safer America? Wait they already do that in the airports how many more laws will be in place before its illegal to fart in public, its all for our own good of course. Boo

    February 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  187. Brian47

    I think this is great! Another no talent hack going to jail. I'm sure I've heard some of his music coming from a car four blocks aways, and rest assured it sounded like foolish childish rhymes, like every other rapper.

    The guy is a loser, plain and simple. What does he need a gun for? If he is living in fear of his life, then move to a safer area. Instead he decides to smoke pot on a New York City street.

    You reap what you sow Dwayne,... I'm sorry, Lil' Wayne.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  188. Keyona

    I am not a huge fan of all this gangsta rap stuff. This man is just trying to make money. That's what we all try to do. Some of us do it in crazier ways than others. I know many of you do some things that you shouldn't be doing. You are just not as rich as he is. If this dude tried to be your friend or give you money, you would take the offer. Or if your daughter brought him home, you would open the door as fast as lightning. Stop judging and hating on people. Let God handle the judging. By the way, I love me some old school rap.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  189. Breona Jones

    i love lil wayne and those haters keep hating cause he must be doin something right because he's always on yall mind. Burrrrrrrrr

    February 9, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  190. Mike

    Steve, what kind of miner? Coal? Gold? Heart of gold?

    If you are going to start rumors/gossip, at least get the nouns correct.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  191. Jared

    Joe-"Is that Stephen Colbert in right side of picture?" it must be. stephen, why are you with lil wayne?

    February 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  192. Mike

    I sense hypocritical comments and racist undertones with a majority of the comments on here today. So, it's okay if Lil' Wayne goes to jail, but the lead singer from Blues Traveler gets off without serving any jail time for the exact same thing? And do you people really think that these negative comments are going to actually diminish hip-hop's standing with America's youth? How foolish! White Anglo-Saxon Protestants have attempted to eradicate and/or mold this music for over 30 years now. If those past attempts have failed, do you really think that this newest trend of anti hip-hop backlash will stop the music? Hip-hop is like a deep butt itch. You may not like it, and you may be able to temporarily mask it by cleaning the area it's in, but it never truly goes away.

    And for those of you celebrating this today, understand that Dwayne Michael Carter's music is NOT going away. Just before he went to prison, Lil' Wayne shot a bunch of new music videos to entertain the masses while he's in jail. Like all lovers of hip-hop music, I will enjoy the disgust on everyone's faces when they see that he is STILL putting out new music, even though he's locked up!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  193. Alex

    Duane...you really think this dude has talent? This dude is GARBAGE!!!! His lyrics are wack as heck. He's always too smacked to make a decent track. He's a conrtributor to this bs music thats getting recorded. Those that support this type of music are also to blame for the state of hip hop.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  194. Steele

    Rap/ Hip Hop is America, and I thank the white youth for it. It takes talent to earn over a million dollars by the age of 16 with no record deal. Cash Money is literally that. Great business mind, outstanding entertainer, I have no problem saying that he will make more than I will this year behind bars than I will in the next few years. I wish the rest of you could be as honest.

    Why do people complain about the double standards when it comes to entertainers, but have nothing to say when it comes to CEO, Congress, Senate, Governors Etc Etc?

    February 9, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  195. talent???

    All of you talk about how "talented" this moronic-looking person is.

    He rhymes "burp" and "shczerp", which isn't even a word, and wins Grammys? I can put some sounds together too. Does that make me talented?

    Give me a break. He's not talented. He's just an idiot.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  196. Huh?

    "Police said Carter and another man were smoking marijuana on a New York City street, and a .40-caliber pistol in Carter's possession."

    This article is factually inaccurate...c'mon CNN, get the story right!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  197. Doomsday

    Corporate rap junk...no love loss here. Lil Wayne is for people who lack intelligence. This guy has done nothing but destroy a genre of music. Can't we give him and the record execs the rope? It would do the world and the people a huge favor.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  198. T

    What a waste. He has a lot of talent but has been to brainwashed by our judicial system's want for more afro-americans to stay dumb and in jail.
    Wake up idiot!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  199. Joe

    First off Lil Waynes music is trash and this is comming from someone who has listened to hip hop since the early 90's.

    2nd of all, I have a CCW in my home state that is reciprocal in 21 other states, my class instructor said 10x's in our class if you go to New York leave your gun behind. They dont mess around especially in NYC it doesnt matter I'm licensed in another state I goto Jail if I'm packing in NY.

    Plaxico is a idiot for carrying a un holstered glock (I too carry a glock in a holster that is made for a glock). Glocks do not have a real safety, as he found out. Lil Wayne is just an idiot and deserves his time in jail.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  200. Matt

    Lil Wayne does have a permit in another state, I don't see why you can't get a national permit so you can carry a weapon in any state. Whether your pro-gun control or anti-gun control you should want something like this.

    Also, why all the bashing on Lil Wayne? He can make millions while still giving away music for free! He's the mix-tape king and comes up with some incredible (unwritten) lyrics. I hate Miley Cyrus, it doesn't mean I won't acknowledge that she has talent. Give respect where respect is deserved.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  201. Walt

    The "journalist" who wrote this article should be embarrassed at not knowing the difference between "who's" and "whose."

    February 9, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  202. OH NO

    OH...NO.. What's he gonna do? There's no auto-tune in the big house.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  203. Bgirl Sweetfeet

    Corporate rap (c-rap) is ridiculous . Im just waiting for people to wake up and realize that there are great hip hop artist that arent stuffed down peoples throats via the radio. People who speak on real issues. These rappers dont realize kids are looking up to them. Kids need better role models these days then these wanna-be gun slingers who only talk about bling bootie and blunts.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  204. Steven

    Lil' Wayne is a product of mass advertising and marketing by the record companies to give listeners a mediocre product that most of the masses can enjoy. That is the point of record companies. Produce the music that will appeal to the masses the most, and guess what will appeal to the masses the most? Uncreative music. Real artists do it for the art and not how many albums they can sell. Lil' Wanye's songs are about as creative as his name and just as stupid.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  205. Marcus

    Its funny how everyone has smething negative to say About Mr. Carter. But something that everyone of you fails to realize, in this crazy world we live in everyone is out tryna make a quick buck. So if he had a gun then obviously it was nessacary. He should have had it licensed yea, but have you burbians wouldnt understand what the hood is like unless you spent a couple years there or your life time, watching the grimy, shady, horrific things that go on, youd wanna be strapped too, if you cAME from where hes from. This man made something outta nothing, so he is an American Success story we all have or fauls, an shortcomings, stop throwing dirt an try and read between the lines.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  206. Terri

    I listen to all kinds of music and think Wayne is a good rapper for the most part. Except he is just like the rest thinks who think they can get away with anything because they are a "star"... Smoking weed on the street is still illegal!!! Helllllo!! If he needed to have the gun to protect himself on the street, then dont be on the street!!! He could've gotten a permit to carry the gun with all that money; unless he is already a felon, then he knows he isn't supposed to have it...God bless us all!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  207. drew lawson

    weezy is hard and hes just showing it by gun charges. cant wait for the carter 4

    February 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  208. shani sanchez

    ugh a whole year with out a new weezy song i love lil wayne he is awesome he made a mistake and now he will pay, cant wait for the day he gets out!!!!:)

    February 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  209. mervyn

    street cred yo.

    February 9, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  210. joe

    I bet ya'll listen to you cracker country know talent when its there. I bet you can't even speak that fast let alone flow

    February 9, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  211. 305Roy

    What a bunch of haters are commenting on this page. These are the same haters that can't listiening to his music, u know you love it the guy is great rapper, stop hating. U should know by now that money buys you time and gets u a good lswyer that will plea and get u the least possible time. When I hear ppl say, "Awww anybody else would have gotten more time", yeah any other broke ass loser sir. Stop hating, live and let live.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  212. Debra R

    Jensen: I can understand your puzzlement about our preoccupation with the 2nd Amendment here in the states. The framers were very aware that in order for our country to remain free from a military take over, every citizen (the Militia) had a right to own arms. I come from a family that owns guns for hunting. They eat what they kill or donate the food to a local homeless shelter. I do not own a gun, because it is my belief that the only people who should own handguns are those that are able and willing to point it at another human being and kill them. I alos believe that while we all have that right, that all gun owners should have to pass a criminal record check and be required to take lessons....so I basically tick off both sides of the argument...

    February 9, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  213. swade

    We got to realize, its not the person that creates the image of who they are but the people who are willing to use negativety to gain fame. Look at today's acceptance level; everything that is not positive is accepted over what is good, which is labeled boring.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  214. Rap

    kills me how people here be critisizing others like they are some do gooders themselves.. We ain't perfect ya'll, love hating on rappers.. Everybody gets tested; dont matter if you are a John Edwards, Lil wayne, Splitzer, Kilpatrcik, Clinton or even a Martha Stewart. No one is immune to the trials n tribulations of life right.. So all ya'll that are judging ya'll got some skeletons too u just aint a public figure so u might think ur better, "Guess u can never understand till you trade places" Ohh.. n i see alot of people talking about the right get special treatment, ask yourself what are you doing to get RICH so that one day you can get that special treatment? n if that upsets you, you are either broke or broke minded, which one is it?

    February 9, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  215. miller

    Its really said that all these people are going to jail for these gun charges when an athlete hit and kills a man when he is driving drunk and doesnt get any jail time.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  216. DankoRamone

    There was a time when being sentenced to jail or prison would negatively impact a celebrity's career. They would be shunned by the general public, black and white.

    So what changed, and why will he be a bigger star than before?

    February 9, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  217. sammy byrd

    lil wayne gone get out and do his thang no matter what. he a brilliant ass rapper a genius to be specific. so i cant wait for his release.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  218. guest

    well i hope this is a lesson learn. i been a fan for as long as he been making music. the guy is going to jail behind gun possesion which happens all the time.the only reason his sentence took so long is because he is rich. its not like he killed someone or molested a child..people get over it. wayne keep your head to the sky.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  219. Branden

    Look, im a hip hop artist, and far from a "thug" or a "gangsta". Your stereotypes are way off. Wayne was living his life, yeah he broke the law, he is doing time for it. All of yall are the definition of haters, i rap about you guys myself. Leave wayne alone. live our own life. And for that "Troy February 8th, 2010 6:30 pm ET" guy wayne is not the cream of the crop, he is just what our youth chooses to listen to. so grow up people.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  220. cajr23

    Another person who think thug rappers have so much talent. sheesh give me a break! i pray thatpeople quit buying this crap music and sends these criminals back to the ghetto where they belong!

    February 9, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  221. Heidi Tatko

    Why does he doodle on his face like that?

    February 9, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  222. BraveHeart

    He needs serious deliverance and the Gospel Message. Can you just see how the once looking handsome and young music star is lookin right now....like a ghost of himself

    February 9, 2010 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  223. peeper

    i hate rap & rappers! please keep this ridiculous troll looking fool in jail...

    February 9, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |


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  225. von guan

    well i just wish him the best of luck, he is a human being after all and no one is above mistakes. he should just learn to be more discreet with his personal business thats all.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  226. blessing

    i think he is fine! look beyond the ink!! as for Wayne as an individual, extremely talented young man!! lets just hope this lil prison stint does more good than harm. cant wait to hear the Carter IV i hope it drops soon.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  227. Jensen

    I love Lil Wayne, but what I don't get is the American cultural fascination with needing to have a gun? Sure you have "the right" but does it mean you need to do it? What is everyone so scared of that they need to pack a weapon? I'm Canadian and although our country is not perfect (and frankly quite boring politically), I am proud that for the most part, gun control is not an issue. As for the sentencing, I really hate how celebs and the rich get special treatment and lenient sentencing. They do a little time then come out, write about it and make a bunch of money off of the experience. Something seems ironic and wrong with that to me?

    February 9, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  228. About Time!

    Lil Wayne is just like Charles Manson, only he's not readily frowned upon by American culture. All those gangsta rappers are filthy people who are tied to violent crimes & lifestyles....& rappers have the ears of your children, with your kid's faith that the "truth" is being spoken. But truth can be seen in many ways. One man can make a situation violent where another man can build a community....There is never justification for violence just for the sake of creating it....such violence is simply selfish laziness & their rap is a constant self righteous justification of their said INACTIONS. They are just like Charles Manson in my eyes, only Manson sits in jail with a life sentence where he can do no further harm on the minds/bodies of good citizens. At least Manson doesn't have the cover of Rolling Stone & award ceremonies honoring him every few months....yuck!

    February 9, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  229. phaQ

    All these comments blasting Lil Wayne are ridiculous.
    For the stupid/racist people, i will keep it simple.

    Rap Celebrity + expensive jewelry, 200k+ car, and lots of cash = TARGET

    A Target deserves to protect himself with the murder rates around the U.S. Have you seen the haters around your area? what about the criminals robbing stealing and murdering every day around here? Or what about his rights? Remember "the right to bear arms" ??.. what WAS the US Constitution that MORE then half of America DOES NOT honor. He is getting 1 year in prison for abiding by his consitutional rights. Goodbye America, hello whatever the hell this is.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  230. zzmook

    He does have every right to carry a gun – if he has a permit and isn't caught smoking weed on a city street, getting searched and then getting hit with an unlicensed handgun rap. New York laws on that are TOUGH. If it was a licensed gun and he didn't brandish it at anybody I'd say this was strong – but I'm betting the year is for unlicensed concealed weapon.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  231. aquaman1980


    I would also like to add that Discrimiation still exists when it comes to housing as well. Alot of real estate companies and agents purposely attempt to prevent certain groups of people within race and social class from being able to buy property and live in certain neighborhoods...is horrible.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  232. kristy

    Do people forget that alot of "crazies" are out there and maybe he had that gun on him for protection? I mean, I'm all for being allowed the right to bear arms in this country, remember "the land of the free"? Maybe if John Lennon had a gun on him to protect himself . . . . . . As long as Lil Wayne wasnt waving the dang thing around, what the heck? You never know what kind of danger these celebs are in until your one yourself. Can you imagine being surrounded like they are every single time they walk down the street? It HAS to be scary. And I dont agree with the person who said celebs get certain treatment. Some get MORE time because they ARE famous, some walk away with a slap on the wrist. The whole legal system is screwed anyways. They never seem to look at a person's whole background before they carry out their verdicts. Its not fair to me that some murderers get less time than drug dealers. Yes, they should all be punished, but alot of space is being used by people doing 50 years for drug dealing, when their cell mates are getting out in 15 for murder with "good behavior". Im just saying if they'd take the time to look at a persons life and the way they live, people make mistakes, some are actually sorry for what they did, and some are just SORRY!!!!!! Keep the dang child molesters and murderers longer than the dang drug dealers, would ya? Im not defending drug dealers but come on!!!!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  233. aquaman1980

    Diane.....I seriously doubt it. You have to remember that alot of rap music NOT ALL express heightened social recogization and social status for being able to hold your own in prison. Sadly, I think his record sales and his popularity will only magnify while he is in prison.

    You read what he said, instead of saying that he will learn from this, and instead of apologizing to kids who look up to him, he says that he will keep working while in prison. It seems to me to that going to prison for such a short amount of time...is more of a business grant instead of a punishment.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  234. blah

    Carrying a gun.... he's a famous rapper/rich and probably from poverty line. Every right to have a gun...

    February 8, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Ruth

    Lil Wayne is a very talented artist but just because he is a rapper some people will down on him. He has true talent otherwise he would have faded a long time ago. Every other song of the radio which is making millions of dollars for record companies features Lil Wayne.
    People who didn't grow up in poverty and violence cannot understand that most of these guys carry guns in order to defend themselves. Most of us have no idea of what is like to grow up in a place where you think you can get beat up, shot or killed every single day. People also say that they can get out of that situation but sometimes they can't afford to live anywhere else due to extreme poverty.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  236. carlos

    when you think about it for who he is this whole gun thing does not surprise me. i sorta expected it to happen someday

    February 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  237. awe

    Lil wayne is an awesome artist; if you dont like it build a bridge and get over it. He Has Talent, And His Actions was stupid, that's why he's going to do the time.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Empire

    he is rich it doesn't matter, he's the best rapper alive since the best rapper retired! Wayne

    February 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  239. lisa

    wow what is everyone getting work up for... all this for a gun charge, you guys are acting like he rape a child or beat his wife. he did none of those things yet people want to be racist and go over board. There other people ou there that are worst then mr. dwayne carter.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Mansur

    Lemme preface this by saying I hate the actions, never hated the man.

    I'm really getting tired of these celebrities acting like life is a cake walk. Not only do they set poor examples of our society, they make a mockery of our justice system by getting these ridiculous plea deal and reduced sentences. I'm no hater and no ultra conservative, just a "normal" 28 yr old, African American male with a job and some God in his life. How many black male celebrities do we need to see doing absolutely idiotic stuff!? It's not the way I was raise and in many cases not the way they were raised.

    What are you gonna do I guess? I just gotta pray for a change.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Chris

    At least for a year we know he will not procreate. Too bad the sentence isn't longer.

    February 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  242. ZZ

    This is stupid, just like Plaxico Burress. Why are they wasting tax payer money incarcerating celebrities (or anyone) for gun possession, which should not even be a crime. You should have a right to carry a firearm. Remember, Plaxico Burress had a concealed carry permit in another state. What made him a danger to the public in NY not in the other states where his permit would have been valid? New York needs to loosen its gun laws and may be it would be a much safer place.

    February 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Ben

    I think Lil Wayne is awesome, he is one of the best rappers in the game. Everybody deserves multiple chances. I am just praying that he will learn from his mistakes and never reapeat any of this inmature things. He has kids and family to take care now, so he has to give up his childish lifestyle and grow up.

    February 8, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Pam

    No, celebrities do not learn from these short jail sentences. These sentences need to be as long as for us regular folks. Maybe Wayne will remember how uncomfortable that jail cot is, compared to his expensive bed at home.

    To another celeb while I am here: Charlie Sheen needs to be put UNDER the prison or put in general population for MANY years. Maybe if he is "visited" by Bubba a few times, he might realize what terror he has put on the women in his life. I also noticed that more people than not voted that he NOT be taken off TV in a poll on this site; that says that more people than not feel the same way he does about women. That's scary.

    February 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  245. steve

    This punk will go to celebrity prison, and no he will not learn from his mistake. He is a "rapper" so he has to keep up his "gangsta, hard-ass persona." It would be nice if he actually went to real prison with the general population where there is the possibilty of violence, rape, and death. I think if he were to go there then he would learn, but other than that I dont think he will learn. And it's nothing personal to Lil wayne it's all celebrities.

    February 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Troy

    Just another celebrity thinking that they are above the law. Will someone please tell me how he got to be famous in the first place? No talent, and he looks looks like his mother and a hobbit made love and out came "little Wayne". Rap is at it's rock bottom when "stars" like he are the cream of the crop. Rap has gotten lazy and unimaginative. Not to mention that the new "thugs" in this game are woefully inadequate, although he probably couldn't beat up a 10 year old girl and maybe that's why he needed the gun. Maybe one of his 10 year old girlfriends got jealous when she found out that he also had an 11 year old on the side and threatened him. "Be gone before you get spit on" little Wayne!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Joe

    Is that Stephen Colbert in right side of picture?

    February 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  248. buddgoode

    Wow, go figure another "rap" thug charged with gun possession. Wouldnt you think they'd have learned from Tupac who can now be called No-Pac.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  249. lauratj

    He should know "right from wrong" at his age. He also has several children–I can not understand why some people "just don't get it".Oh,well. We could only wish him peace & hope he will make better choices in the future.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Ninjaneer

    2007 ?! Anyone else would have done a 3 year bid, immediately after the arrest. The double standards in this country are the real killer. At least I won't hear any new Auto-tune jawns from him for a while, which is the best news I got all day. Heck, all year.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  251. STEEVO

    What a joke of a human being. I look at this guy and think "Fake." How anyone else sees differently is beyond me. Looks like an ugly chick with tattoos. What is up with his ear? All the same, I wish him the best of luck.

    February 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  252. OG Loc

    I guess he'll be legit now that he's doing time inside

    February 8, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  253. so

    that very bad

    February 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Steve

    What about the claims of getting caught doing indecent things to a miner? So i herd on 104.5 dallas?

    February 8, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |

    what a waste so much talent. Maybe he will learn from this.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |

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