Attention, all: Weezy has been freed.
Eccentric, platinum-selling rapper Lil Wayne was discharged from Rikers Island prison this morning at 8:35 am, according to MTV News. He served eight months of his one-year sentence for attempted gun possession—a plea deal stemming from his arrest in 2007, when police found drugs and a gun in his tour bus in Manhattan. The gun was registered in his manager’s name. The rapper turned himself into authorities in March.
Lil Wayne plans to fly to Miami to see his children and then return to the studio, reports SPIN. The young New Orleans-born lyricist is also rumored to make a surprise appearance at protégé Drake’s Las Vegas concert on November 6, gossip that Drake himself fueled when he told the press, “"I would just advise you to book a ticket out there. If you can get tickets... I would strongly advise it.”
Weezy’s got one powerful advocate: President Bill Clinton. When asked recently about the rapper’s imminent release from prison during an interview with 96.1 Kiss FM's Morning Freak Show, Clinton said, “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….What I hope will happen is that he has a good life now."