Lil Wayne gets solitary confinement for contraband mp3 player

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15:  Lil Wayne (C) arrives in court for weapon charges at the New York State Supreme Court on December 15, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
Lil Wayne is currently serving a year’s sentence in Riker’s Island after pleading guilty to weapons possession in New York earlier this year. He’s been in prison for about seven months and was originally expected to get out on good behavior after eight months. It looks like Wayne could be behind bars for a little longer than expected, as he was caught by staff with a contraband mp3 charger and headphones, something that is off limits to prisoners. He is allowed to listen to the radio, though, and also passes the time exercising, playing UNO, reading and answering fan mail. He’s been sent to solitary confinement as a result of the mp3 player, which was found with another inmate in a routine search. Wayne had the accessories for the player, and he tried to hide them by putting them inside a potato chip bag in the trash.

Lil’ Wayne has been tossed in Rikers Island’s version of solitary confinement after he was found to have a pair of headphones and an MP3 charger in his cell.

Weezy will be in punitive segregation, but he was already in a private cell. The difference is … now he will have less interaction with inmates and will spend up to 23 hours a day in an isolation cell.

His out-of-cell time is now restricted to visits, religious services and one hour of recreational time and his phone privileges are reduced to one personal phone call a week.

Wayne was found with a pair of headphones and a charger for an MP3 player and another inmate was said to be hiding the MP3 player.

Wayne has been locked up since March on a gun possession charge.

[From TMZ]

As Fox News points out, Wayne told Rolling Stone ahead of his prison sentence that he would have an mp3 player in jail. He said “I’ll have an iPod, and I’ll make sure they keep sending me beats.” This player wasn’t an iPod, but it was still off limits. It will now make his remaining sentence that much more difficult.

Lil Wayne has a website updated by letters he sends from Rikers. He’s very grateful to his fans for their support and mentions many people by name. He hasn’t yet addressed this issue over the mp3 player as it’s sure to take time for him to write letters and get them posted online. He’s staying positive and seems to be taking his sentence in stride. He writes:

During my prison stint, I want my fans to know I love you. I want all of you to know that I appreciate all the mail I get, and this is my way of saying thank you. The F is for Family, Friends, and Fans.

Love. Live. Life. Proceed. Progress. That’s who I am and who I’ll always be. You see, we’re all living on borrowed time, so I’m not worried about this situation. Life happens quick. The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done…you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do. Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future. So for my time here, my physical will be confined to the yard. My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries.

[From WeezyThanxYou.com]

That’s really nice and I hope he hangs in there. From what I’ve seen of the guy in interviews, he seems like a decent person who is genuinely grateful to his fans. I was honestly surprised by what a decent guy he comes across as. Yes he never should have had an unlicensed gun but I don’t get how he got a year in Rikers for that charge when other celebrities had multiple DUIs with passengers in the car and got off with probation.

NEW YORK - MARCH 08: Rapper Wayne Carter (L), known to the music world as 'Lil Wayne', reports to New York State Supreme Court to begin serving a 1 year prison sentence for possesion of an illegal weapon on March 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Rapper Lil Wayne backstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

 

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  1. Jackson says:

    Note to self: if ever I am famous and headed to prison, do not advertise the fact that I will have contraband.

  2. Innocent says:

    @Kaiser
    The reason he got a year is because he did it in NY which has the toughest gun laws.
    I hope he is still released in November.

  3. Crash2GO2 says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake. I have less and less time for the American justice system these days. But Wayne – you should have known better.

  4. willow says:

    Oh please…entitled famous person in jail. Oh my, what’s new about this? Nothing! Still the same ol’ bending rules as they please, bragging about how they’ll do what they want even though they are incarcerated, focusing on how he “can’t be kept down” crap instead of respecting rules made for safety of others. Yeah, celebrity fool wanting attention from his fans. He might as well be Paris Hilton…it’s all ME ME Me.
    Done with him and his ego.

  5. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Hm. I guess the lesson here is, New York doesn’t mess around, so don’t bait it. Next time he wants to do stupid irresponsible illegal crap, he should make sure that he’s in a different (perhaps warmer) state. Being another colour wouldn’t hurt his cause either, but hopefully in the future he’ll be more cautious, seeing as how he’s got like 29 babies, or something.

  6. freckles says:

    I love Weezy!! He is so damn talented and his word play is better than anyone else’s out there. But isn’t this story like, a few months old? Or is this the second time it’s happening? Because I know you guys reported this a few months ago.

  7. Michael says:

    sickening. i think hearing his screaching voice during sex would be awful…. lil wayne honestly has a face only a mother could love.

  8. Innocent says:

    @freckles
    It is unfortunately the 2nd time it has happened. It supposedly isn’t affecting his release date but that will depend on his behavior in solitary confinement.
    Hopefully he makes it to November 4th.

  9. Manda3 says:

    @JACKSON: Agree 100% with you.
    And its the second time. Haha. Give up on it man. I mean they will keep you longer for this stupid bullshit. Thats the way our system works.

  10. DetRiotgirl says:

    Well, one thing I’ll say for the guy, his letters are intelligible. Compare and contrast the stuff on his website to the stuff recently tweeted by 50 Cent. I know that a letter and a tweet are two different things. But, I get the impression that 50 could never string together any sort of thought on paper that didn’t involve several curse words, a derrogatory remark, a few words that don’t actually exist and a cadre of misspellings.

  11. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    DUI’s in California are nothing compared to an unlicensed gun charge in NY. California jails are friggin full up with idiots doing crazy nonsense. Unless you kill someone or maim someone, you won’t get any jail time.

    Gun laws are different though-especially having an unlicensed one. I don’t feel a damn bit sorry for him. He broke the rules, he gets the punishment.

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