Lil Wayne Is Probably Going to Rikers Island Today
Today Lil Wayne will finally enter a plea in a Manhattan courtroom stemming from a 2007 gun charge he caught in New York City. He's expected to start serving time at Rikers Island right away--"I just say I'm looking forward to it," the rapper told Rolling Stone. Maybe. Billboard quotes City Department of Correction spokesman Stephen Morello as saying "there's no special-inmates wing" at Rikers, though Wayne's rap predecessors there--Foxy Brown, Remy Ma--were generally housed separately from the sprawling general population.
"They might lock him down and let him come out with a supervisor and stuff like that [when he's] in the main area," so-called "hip-hop cop" and New Yorker profile subject Derrick Parker told MTV, "but he's definitely going to be treated differently." That means network TV, DVDs, but no iPod, which is a bummer for those who imagined his one-year sentence as an intensive creative retreat. Still there's hope for new material: Wayne's been in the studio working on both Tha Carter IV and a new edition of the Empire's The Drought Is Over series, the latter cover of which depicts Wayne being crucified by the NYPD. Let's just say the last time a rapper went that route, it didn't work out too well. Here is his 55 minute farewell via video last night. It's...epic. At least he's in good spirits!