Lil Wayne is no longer a free man. On Monday, Rapper Lil Wayne began serving a 12 month sentence for weapons possession at NY’s infamous Riker’s Island prison. With rumors of gang threats against his life weighing heavy on his mind, Wayne made the brave decision to mingle with the prison population rather than accept a cell on an isolation ward.
Following his sentencing, Wayne was handcuffed and taken into custody. “Weezy’s” mentor and Cash Money’s head man Bryan “Baby” Williams was in the courtroom to say goodbye, as were several of the “Got Money” rapper’s fans. Lil Wayne asked the judge for protective custody as well as special medical attention to deal with his dental issues.
But, what about his hair? According to New York State law, dreadlocks are almost always forbidden. the prison has been inundated with calls from Wayne’s camp questioning if the prison will force Wayne to cut his dreads. Prison officials say that as long as Wayne’s dreads are real (and he keeps them neat and clean) they won’t be chopped off. Hopefully, they’re real.
The NY prison system provides barbers and beauticians for the inmates to keep them looking presentable free of charge. “Male prisoners are only allowed to wear their hair in cornrows, going straight back. And they can’t exceed the “natural hairline” in length. Now of course our question is: what does “natural hairline” mean? “It means it can’t extend the neck.” But there is one loop-hole in the issue – though I’m not sure it’s going to help Wayne.” Prisoners who claim Rastafari as their religion are allowed in most cases to keep their locks. But even then there’s a process to determine if it’s genuine.”
Lil Wayne’s legal problems arose in 2007 when police found him to be in possession of a handgun after a search of his tour bus. The New Orleans native pleaded guilty in the case last October. Lil Wayne was originally scheduled to be sentenced on February 9th, but was granted a delay until March 2nd to undergo dental surgery. That sentencing date was postponed until yesterday, after a fire broke out in the courthouse last week. Lil Wayne is expected to serve eight to ten months assuming good behavior.
7 Things Lil Wayne Will Miss While He’s In Prison
From his music to his energy to his presence, there are certainly plenty of things we’re all going to miss about Wayne this year. Thing is, he is going to miss a lot, too. And we’re not just talking about studio time and tour dates, either. Losing a year of your life may not seem like a big deal, but you actually miss out on a whole bunch of stuff when you’re away in the big house. To prove the point, we grabbed a calendar and circled seven things Wayne’s gonna miss thanks to his bid. Something tells us he’s gonna have plenty of catching up to do in 2011.If all goes well and he gets his prison sentence reduced due to good behavior, Lil Wayne could be out of prison in November. But clearly, he’s still going to miss plenty of things between then and now.
1. The return of the King…
Well, it didn’t take long for Wayne to miss something. In fact, had his sentencing been delayed just one more day, he woulda been around long enough to hear T.I.’s stellar new single, “I’m Back,” that leaked yesterday afternoon. It’s the first new song he’s released since finishing up his own year-long prison sentence three months ago. He also just announced that his seventh as-yet-untitled solo album is due out this August. With Jeezy slated to drop a solo album, too, it could result in one of the hottest summers in the South in recent years.
2. The album release party for Drake’s Thank Me Later…
Wayne just missed Tip’s comeback single, but he managed to stick around long enough to catch the first single from Drake’s debut last week. And now that Drake’s in the picture, he doesn’t have to worry quite as much about leaving his label Young Money in the wrong hands. But it’s a little crazy that he won’t be around to see the Cash Money cash cow drop his much-anticipated album. Guess he’ll have to thank him later.
3. The NBA Finals match-up every sports fan has been waiting on…
Last year, Lil Wayne recorded an entire song in honor of his favorite NBA player Kobe Bryant before the start of the NBA Finals. Can you imagine what he would do if when Kobe and the Los Angeles Lakers battles LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals this year?! Can you imagine the side action him and Bron Bron’s BFF Jay-Z would have on the game? Can you imagine…The answer is yes. ‘Cause all you’re gonna be able to do is imagine.
4. Is-he-retiring-or-is-he-playing: The Brett Favre decision
Lil Wayne really likes Kobe Bryant…but he loves (LOVES!) Brett Favre. Enough to call him “superhuman” on his ESPN.com blog in 2008. Enough to travel to Minnesota last September on his 27th birthday to watch him play. Enough to root against his hometown New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game in January! But he won’t be around this spring/summer when Favre ultimately decides whether he will hang up his cleats for good. Bad move.
5. The Apple iPad’s release date…
We’ve learned three things about Lil Wayne through the Twitter account he started up a couple weeks ago. One, he loves love. Two, he loves using the letter K in place of the letter C. And, three, he loves the new Apple iPad. Too bad he won’t be around on April 3 when the latter finally comes out.
6. His inevitable trip to the White House…
Think about it: Jay-Z has officially opened up the possibility of rappers visiting the White House. And considering the current Commander-in-Chief has repeatedly used Wayne’s name in speeches, we find it hard to believe that an Oval Office meeting between President Obama and the former President Carter wasn’t gonna happen sooner than later. No ceilings, baby!
7. His 28th birthday present from Baby…
September 27, 2010. Talk about a bad day for Lil Wayne. Outside of spending his birthday behind bars, he’s also gonna miss out on his annual birthday gift from his “daddy” Baby. And say what you want about the Birdman (like, uh, WTF was he thinking when he went ahead and did this?!), but the guy knows how to give one helluva birthday gift. During his 27th birthday party last year, Wayne got a million-dollar watch, a diamond-encrusted cake and a big-ass bottle of Dom Perignon. This year? Ummm…someone send a kite. (VIBE)
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