Lil Wayne Is A Free Man! But, For How Long?
For the first time in almost 35 weeks, the self-proclaimed “Best Rapper Alive” can go to the studio again. For the first time in roughly 245 days, he can perform on stage in front of thousands of people. For the first time in roughly 5,880 hours, he won’t have to spend his days staring at clock—reading fan mail, listening to the radio and doing push-ups in his cell to pass the time. He won’t have to painstakingly count down each and every one of the 352,800 minutes he had to serve. For the first time in more than 21 million seconds, time is finally back on Lil Wayne’s side.
Not that the last eight months have been all bad for Lil Wayne. A little more than a month ago, he released I Am Not A Human Being, an album featuring a collection of brand-new songs Wayne recorded before checking into the big house. It hit the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and helped him keep his name out there while he paid off his debt to society. He stayed connected with his fans, too—through his blog on WeezyThanxYou.com—by writing letters to them and thanking them personally for their support. He even made a surprise appearance on Funkmaster Flex‘s radio show on Hot 97 back in August and sounded more sober and clear-headed than ever before. In other words, he used his time away wisely.
His team did good by him while he was away, too. Drake‘s debut album, Thank Me Later, sold through the roof. Nicki Minaj jumped on records with, well, everybody and built up the buzz for her forthcoming debut, Pink Friday, to deafening heights. Birdman and Mack Maine appeared on the cover of the Source‘s Power 30. Tyga was featured on Chris Brown‘s hit single, “Dueces,” easily one of the biggest records of the year thus far. And everyone from Diddy to Kanye West made stops at Riker’s Island during Wayne’s bid—to tell him he was missed, to show their love for him and to keep one of the most important figures in hip-hop connected to the outside world.