Rapper Lil Wayne has managed to avoid actually starting his year-long stint at Riker’s Island for quite a while now. First, he had to have some emergency dental surgery that delayed his jail sentencing for over a week. Then, last week, a fire at the New York courthouse where he was scheduled to appear delayed his sentencing once again. On Monday, however, Lil Wayne will finally have to pay the piper and begin serving his jail term.
Lil Wayne is due to return to court in New York on Monday, where he will be officially sentenced for attempted criminal possession of a weapon. Wayne is expected to turn himself in immediately and head off to Riker’s Island penitentiary for the next year.
Wayne has been insanely busy the last month prepping for his time away from the world, shooting footage for over a dozen music videos and laying down music tracks left and right.
Perhaps the weirdest commentary to come out of the response to Lil Wayne’s sentencing today comes from a rather unlikely source – celebrity chef Paula Deen. Deen told TMZ.com that the best thing for Lil Wayne to eat before he heads off to jail is “collard greens” because, she said dryly: “They’d clean his butt out.”
We’re thinking someone needs to acquaint Paula with the subtle taste and texture of a bar of soap in her mouth.
A surprisingly upbeat Lil Wayne took to the Internet this morning to bid a video farewell to his fans on Ustream. Lil Wayne is headed off to jail at Rikers after pleading guilty to ‘attempted gun possession’ charges stemming from an incident in New York last year.
Lil Wayne was busted last year in July after the NYPD pulled over his tour bus when they allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Officers claimed Lil Wayne tossed a bag containing a gun into the bus as they approached. Wayne later pled guilty to a charge of “attempted” gun possession and was sentenced to a year in the slammer.
“I’m out this bitch,” Lil Wayne said in his Ustream goodbye video to his fans Tuesday. “To all my fans, my real fans I really, really truly love you. I love you with all of me for real.” Wayne also took the opportunity to promote his just released LP Rebirth, urging fans to download at least one song.
Giving a shout out to his hometown New Orleans Saints for their Super Bowl win, Wayne seemed rather chipper for a man about to spend a lot of time behind bars at a notoriously rough prison.
“Thank you from the bottom of me,” Wayne said in closing out his video. “Do not forget about me ’cause I will forever think about you. I cannot wait for you to see me again.”