News: Bill Clinton Amped Over Lil Wayne's Release, "This Guy's Smart" [Audio]
Wednesday, Nov 3, 2010 11:30AM
Former United States President Bill Clinton has shared his enthusiasm over Lil Wayne being less than 24 hours from exiting Rikers Island and how intelligent he believes the Young Money leader truly is.
Admitting he has not been a longtime fan of hip-hop, Clinton wished Weezy the best upon his release tomorrow.
"I'll tell you what I think about that, I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me but I think, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip-hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart," Clinton said in an interview. "She said, 'Daddy, you need to listen. A lot of these people are smart.' This guy's smart and he's got ability and he's got a new chance now and what I hope is it's not just something to brand him as a cool guy but that it'll never happen to him again. I think a lot of these people, they don't get successful as in any other area of life by being really dumb. They're really smart but a lot of them had tough lives and they think it's almost cool to get in trouble every now and again or they don't know how to stay out. What I hope will happen is that he has a good life now." (Kiss Morning Freak Show)
Yesterday, Wayne penned his final letter from behind bars.
"As I greet you all in my last days on this island, I must reflect. I think back to when I first arrived and I had no clue of what I'd be experiencing. I was never scared, worried, nor bothered by the situation. For that, I thank God, my family, and you, my amazing fans. I prayed for you all every night, as I'm aware that I was in your prayers as well. The very first day that I received mail, it was about 300 pieces or more! I smiled like a child of Christmas. But when I began to read them, my heart smiled. I laughed with some of you, reasoned with some of you, and even cried with some of you. I responded to as many of you that time would allow. I plan to keep reading and responding after my release. I thank you all for being so very supportive, as I never imagined how much impact my words and life can have. With this knowledge, I vow to continue to be me! For you have assured time that I don't have to change for no one but God. I will be the same Martian I was when I left, just better. You fans are more than amazing, and I will for to the end of the world for your love. This isn't the last of weezythanxyou.com I will continue to thank you when I'm home." (Weezy Thanx You)
This week, Wayne revealed what he would do immediately following his release from jail.
"Not sure about the concert yet. And the first five things I will do is kiss Reginae, kiss little Dwayne, kiss Neal, kiss Kameron and kiss my wonderful mother Cita...All artists and friends were very supportive. Thank God I've gotten two visits a week since the day I walked in. I'd have to say the visit from Diddy was most surprising because there's a lot that you're required to go through and to think he did just to see me is more than cool. But again, everybody has been more than supportive. I never felt alone." (Billboard)
Cash Money Records' Baby recently talked about how jail has changed Wayne.
"Lil Wayne is writing furiously in anticipation of his post-prison return to Hip-Hop, family and the free world. "He hasn't written out rhymes since the Hot Boys," Birdman told Rolling Stone in the November edition of the magazine. "There's a different swagger coming from Wayne, different things to talk about." (All Hip Hop)