As he completes his time behind bars for a gun conviction, incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne has received support from Grammy-winning artist T.I.
T.I. claims he has given the Young Money boss a few bits of advice and kept in touch since going to Rikers Island last March.
“Yeah I’ve spoken to him a few times,” T.I. said when asked about his relationship with Lil Wayne. “He’s doing good. He sounds good. I think he is going to be putting this behind him sooner than later. I got no advice [for him].. Before he went in, I called him and offered him some advice. That’s all I can do. That’s all anybody expects you to do…I will be [visiting him eventually]. Wayne is in a state facility. I was in a fed facility so I don’t know the regulations of what they are and aren’t allowed to do.” (Complex)
Earlier this year, T.I. said he could relate to Wayne’s situation, being away from family for an extended amount of time.
“Well, his daughter and my daughter, they’re real, real close. My daughter spends the night with them, his daughter comes to spend the night with us. I told him, ‘Whatever I can do. Whatever it is that’s within my power’ … I know how it is with kids, especially with a period of time like that. Even though it may seem like a short time — to the media, it may seem like ‘He got off easy'; to everybody, it may seem like ‘It’s only a couple of months’ — to a child, that’s an eternity. So I’m like, ‘Whatever I can do, it’s all good.’ I just let him know there’s people out here who’s still reppin’ for him, people who will go above and beyond to do whatever needs to be done.” (MTV)
The rapper recently paid homage to Wayne at a Los Angeles party.
T.I.’s welcome-home party was nothing short of epic – the infamous rapper was feted by the likes of Jamie Foxx, Usher and Diddy at L.A. hot spot Guys and Dolls on Sunday night, and the evening turned into a toast to the singer’s future. Not just for T.I.: The rapper took some of the spotlight off himself when he asked the room to acknowledge another wayward star. “There are still people in the hip-hop community that need our support,” he said. “So I ask everybody to please raise your glasses for Lil Wayne.” (New York Daily News)
Scheduled to be released as early as November 4th, Wayne was placed behind bars last spring.
Lil Wayne has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty in a New York City gun case. The Grammy Award-winning rapper was taken away in handcuffs to start serving his term immediately after his sentencing. He’ll serve his sentence in city jails, not a state prison. He could be released in about eight months with good behavior. (CBS News)
Check out recent Lil Wayne footage down below: