Rapper Lil Wayne was released from prison eight months into a 12-month sentence, according to the Miami Herald. The sentence stems from a conviction in a case where the rapper was found with a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007. In the midst of his jail time, Lil Wayne’s new album was released and went to number one on the charts, according to Yahoo! OMG.
The Grammy-winning artist spent time at Rikers Island, but he was hardly alone. A website was set up so Lil Wayne could communicate about his experiences via WeezyThanxYou.com. He said “I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation” when he was in jail.
If Lil Wayne can stay upbeat about being in solitary confinement, imagine what his album can do now that he’s out of prison. Here’s a look at other celebrities and how they handled their time behind bars and after they were released.
Martha Stewart spent five months in jail at a West Virginia minimum security facility in Alderson known as “Camp Cupcake,” according to CNN. The billionaire hit the ground running once she got out of the slammer.
Since her release, Stewart bought the rights to superchef Emeril Lagasse, joined the Hallmark Channel, and is currently in talks to create her own cable network, much like Oprah is doing. Her move might have been a bad choice according to Forbes magazine–ratings for the Hallmark Channel plummeted after Stewart’s eight hours of programming debuted in September 2010.
Rapper T.I. was on probation for federal weapons charges when he was arrested in Los Angeles for drug possession in September of 2010. A federal judge then revoked his probation and sent T.I. back to jail for 11 months, according to Yahoo! News.
In between stints in prison, T.I. did get married to his longtime girlfriend. In his most recent case, T.I. pleaded with the judge to send him to rehab instead of jail. As a condition of his release from jail the first time, T.I. promised not to do drugs while serving 1,000 hours of community service.
Lindsay Lohan has gone to jail three times and was lucky to avoid a fourth, reports Yahoo! News. Lohan’s problems with drugs continue and her latest rehab stint will last beyond New Year’s Eve with good reason.
Lohan cannot stop partying and is in constant drug difficulties. Instead of attempting a comeback, she simply needs time to heal and recuperate while she keeps drugs out of her system.
How Lil Wayne Stacks Up
What Lil Wayne does with his life is now up to him. He has paid his debt to society and now he is a free man. Lil Wayne is successful and has an album to focus on, and hopefully it will keep him out of trouble.
Not all celebrities are bad just because they go to jail. Lil Wayne is a decent guy with lots of fans, including President Obama. Surely he will make the most of his time outside of jail as he did when he was locked up–his album was released and now he has a little spending money with which to play.
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