Update: After some brief confusion, Weezy is a free man.
Let’s be honest. With the exception of a short term stint in solitary confinement, Lil Wayne‘s time in prison was the equivalent of locking him into a recording studio for eight months with an endless supply of beef jerky and Doritos. So I never really got the whole purpose of the #freeweezy campaign, but whatever, it’s all over now. Starting today, Lil Wayne is a free man.
According to Wayne’s BFF and current Young Money CEO, Mack Maine, Wayne will immediately be treated like royalty upon exiting Rikers Island. “It’s like picking up a king. We gonna make sure everything is straight; jets and luxury cars, red carpet and probably beautiful women and just make sure that he’s [treated like] straight royalty,” Maine told XXL.
As for Wayne’s first order of business? A court appearance, of course. On Friday, the 28-year-old rapper will appear in Arizona court for charges stemming from a January 22, 2008, arrest near a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in which authorities claimed they found cocaine, Ecstasy, and a handgun on Weezy’s tour bus (via MTV). His lawyers have already accepted a plea deal, which will consist of three years of unsupervised probation, community service, and no jail time.
There have also been rumors of a star-studded comeback concert — including one tonight in Times Square, but as of now those remain just rumors. And I’m sure we’ll hear news about new music, too.
While we wait to see what Wayne has planned, relive his life and times in prison here. Also, check out our partner site, Complex.com, which just dropped their list of the 100 greatest Lil Wayne songs of all time.