Cash Money Records CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Young Money CEO Cortez Bryant sat down with CNN to talk about Lil Wayne and how he has been dealing with his jail sentence on Riker’s Island.
Lil Wayne, a New Orleans rapper born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was sentenced to a one-year jail term after admitting to an offence for weapons possession. His jail sentence started on March 8 and is to end on Nov. 4.
On Lil Wayne’s time in jail, Birdman said, “When we out here and we be moving, like we be moving everything fast. But when you’re in that cell you get to see things different. You don’t ever come out the same way you go in. So [he’s] probably just reading more, just learning about life. It’s a hell of an experience, we never thought he’d experience being locked up because that’s not something we design for ourselves.”
Young Money CEO Bryant looks to the positive. “I think the biggest thing, that he even laughs about is patience. Everything’s slowed down now, Like B said we live this fast life, and we were getting it the last couple of years,” he said. “So now everything’s slowed down, he sees things clearer and he’s got a lot of patience.”
Even though Lil Wayne is in prison, he released an EP, “I Am Not a Human Being,” on September 27, 2010, which is also his birthday. Cortez said that before the rapper went to prison, he presented songs for the album. Lil Wayne had said, “When I go in I don’t want nobody to forget about me. So you got this right here to use.” Bryant said, “He pushed the button and made everything happen.”
Despite his prison sentence, Lil Wayne is still involved with his YM crew. Birdman said, “ [He’s] still calling shots, doing things and making sure the artists are on point. Just working, being in tune to what’s going on. Not sitting back and doing nothing.”
On Lil Wayne’s personal website, the rapper posted a series of letters written from his prison, letting his fans know of his appreciation for their continual support. “I’m trying to make the most out of every second tho, mentally,” Lil Wayne wrote. “Even though this isn’t a cool place to be. I’ve learned plenty already and the best lesson is not to come back.
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Written by Catherine