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Originally posted 11/04/2010 09:15AM
Lil Wayne was released from Rikers Island in New York City on Thursday after serving almost eight months of a one-year jail term on a weapons conviction.
Wayne, 28, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., will celebrate his homecoming with a lavish party Sunday at a Miami strip club, according to MTV.
Originally posted 08/30/2010 09:30AM
With Lil Wayne behind bars, someone's got to keep his Young Money record label relevant. Wayne's artist, Nicki Minaj, is doing just that.
On the mainstream scene for less than a year, Minaj has already won two BET Awards (for best female hip-hop artist and best new artist) and landed a No. 1 single with "Your Love" on the Billboard rap charts.
But the firecracker, 25, who spent the majority of her upbringing in Queens, N.Y., has a lot more to her than wild hair, a racy wardrobe and a foul mouth. Here are five things to know about Lil Wayne's protégé, Nicki Minaj.
1. She had a rough upbringing
Her lyrics may be silly and carefree, but growing up was anything but lighthearted for Minaj. "[My dad] drank a lot and did drugs, and would get violent when he did," she told Details in May. "He set fire to the house, [and] was attempting to kill my mother. She got out before it burned all the way down. I've always had this female-empowerment thing in the back of my mind…I thought, 'If I'm successful, I can change her life.' "
Originally posted 08/27/2010 03:30PM
Who knew? Lil Wayne is a tennis fan!
In a hand-written letter to Sports Illustrated, the platinum-selling artist (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) made some predictions from prison regarding the upcoming U.S. Open. He got into tennis, he writes after trying to play and finding it "unbelievably difficult."
Originally posted 07/15/2010 01:05PM
1. Sleep in.
2. Chat with relatives.
3. Catch up on reading.
What might sound like a lazy summer weekend itinerary is actually the order of the day for incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne.
The platinum selling artist, who began serving a yearlong jail sentence for gun possession in March, blogged on Wednesday that he's doing well behind bars.
Originally posted 03/11/2010 09:15AM
As of Monday, rapper Lil Wayne has a new moniker: Inmate Carter.
The platinum-selling artist (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), who began his yearlong jail sentence for gun possession on Monday, is facing a lot of new circumstances these days.
The rapper is living among the general population of inmates at the Eric. M. Taylor Center (the facility for sentenced males at Riker's Island), but he is also afforded a low level of protective custody, due to his public profile.
"Inmate Carter is in a category of housing that we call 'general population/escort,' " a New York City Department of Corrections official tells PEOPLE. That means when he leaves the housing area (his cell or the day room), he will have a captain escorting him at all times.
On an hourly basis, the rapper can decide if he wants to be locked in his cell or locked out of it – for security reasons, inmates are not allowed to freely move between their cell and the common areas.
What else can Lil' Wayne expect from the year ahead? The official shared the following details:
Originally posted 03/09/2010 07:30AM
Rapper Lil Wayne arrived at Rikers Island in New York City on Tuesday to begin serving a one-year jail term on a weapons conviction.
Wayne, 27, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., chose not to speak at his sentencing on Monday, the New York Post reports. With good behavior, he could be out of prison in eight months.
After initially pleading not guilty to gun possession after a July 2007 arrest, Wayne changed his plea to guilty in October in exchange for a reduced 12-month sentence.
Originally posted 03/02/2010 10:45AM
Lil Wayne is headed to prison Tuesday, but you'll see more of him over the next year than you might expect.
The rapper, 27, had his incarceration on a weapons conviction postponed last month so he could have dental surgery – and he used the extra time to film nine music videos over a 48-hour period, Pop Eater reports.
To further ensure that he doesn't fade from the spotlight, Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., plans to release his eighth studio album, Tha Carter IV, soon after he's released in early 2011.
Originally posted 02/04/2010 10:40AM
Lil Wayne is constantly moving. But the hyperactive hip-hop star will find himself suddenly sedentary come Tuesday, when he has to report to prison to serve a yearlong sentence for gun possession.
"I don't like to stop," Wayne, 27, tells Rolling Stone. "I believe you stop when you die."
He says his prison term is God's will for him and everything happens for a reason."I look at things as 'Everything is meant to be.' I know it's an experience that I need to have if God's putting me through it."
Originally posted 09/14/2009 07:45PM
It's a boy for Lil Wayne and Lauren London, a rep for the actress confirms to PEOPLE.
The I Love You, Beth Cooper star, 24, delivered a "healthy baby boy" on Wednesday, Sept. 9, her publicist said in a statement, adding, "Everyone is happy and well."
The child is the first for London and third for the rapper. Lil Wayne, 26, is already dad to daughter Reginae, 10, and son Dwayne III, 11 months, from previous relationships. He is also currently expecting a baby with songstress Nivea.
Lil Wayne's next album, Rebirth, is slated for November release.
Originally posted 01/22/2009 11:00AM
She may be riding shotgun, but for her new single "Unstoppable," Kat DeLuna lets Lil Wayne back her up.
The eight-time Grammy nominated rapper shot the video in Brooklyn with the Dominican singer DeLuna for her upcoming sophomore album, Inside Out.
The video will premiere on her MySpace page on Friday.
– Rennie Dyball
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