Lil Wayne was released from Rikers Island Prison Thursday morning. The rapper was in prison for attempted gun possession.
CNN is reporting that Lil Wayne will fly to Miami for a welcome home celebration with his record label and his family. There have been rumors saying that there will be a welcome home concert which Wayne himself will headline in the coming days. There are also speculations that Wayne’s album The Carter IV will be released as early as Friday, while other sources report that the album will not be released until early next year.
Wayne’s release was scheduled as an event on Facebook and closely followed by his army of fans, who had expected him to be released earlier in the day. Former president Bill Clinton even made a statement about the then-impending release earlier this week, saying, “This guy’s smart. And he’s got abilities. And he’s got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it’ll never happen again to him.”
Everyone seems to be wishing Wayne well as he returns to the free world, hoping that prison will not become a revolving door for him. The world just recently watched another great rapper, T.I., use prison as a merry-go-round, returning just as fast as he exited prison doors.
Wayne is often referred to as the best rapper alive and his unique technique has yet to be duplicated. He has a masterly ability that keeps his fans always in expectation of what he’s going to do next. The rap industry and fans alike have been anticipating the rapper’s return to the music world. While behind bars, Wayne still managed to entertain the masses. He pre-recorded featured appearances for collaboration projects and he also released his album I Am Not A Human Being,all while imprisoned to keep his fans from being starved by his absence. The rapper also blogged about his experiences and responded to fan mail, which he says he plans on continuing since his release.
Wayne’s protege Drake is insinuating that Wayne may join him with a surprise appearance on the Las Vegas leg of his Light Dreams and Nightmares Tour on Saturday. MTV has launched a Lil Wayne Breaking News Tracker to help keep the confusion down and provide updates as they become available. After a celebratory phase, Wayne will be hitting the lab to do what he does best: make hits. The self-proclaimed Martian will no doubt return the same virtuoso who left, if not better, using the adversity he has faced to propel him to an even higher level of stardom and success.
Gil Kaufman, “Bill Clinton Comments On Lil Wayne’s Prison Release” mtv.com
Alan Duke, “Lil Wayne’s ready to party after release from jail” cnn.com