Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded with fans to stop showing their support by sending in letters while he finishes up his remaining days at Rikers Island.
Writing a message on his verified Twitter page, Wayne made his plea today.
“I can no longer write my fans, as difficult as this maybe to say please stop sending me mail, I luv u and will see you soon,” Wayne tweeted. (Lil Wayne’s Twitter)
Last month, Wayne discussed how much of an impact his supporters have had on him since being jailed in March on a gun conviction.
“[The] fans have been more than unbelievable,” he said in an interview. “When I read those letters, that fan mail, and see what they say about what my music does for them, and how it helped them through situations … to read that, that makes me take my words and my whole outlook on what I’m doing a lot more seriously. I probably get 150 pieces of mail [a day], and I probably read a good 30 each day. I get to keep [the letters], I send ‘em home. If I keep ‘em in the cell, they say it’s a fire hazard. Honestly, I await the mail every day.” (MTV)
In December 2009, Wayne supporters protested against the rapper’s incarceration in Louisiana.
Off-duty police officers saw the suspects spray-painting “Free Lil Wayne” on the side of a building in the 900 block of Conti Street around 9 p.m. and notified the NOPD, according to spokesman Janssen Valencia. The men also placed a banner across Royal and Canal streets calling on authorities to release Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch, a Baton Rouge rapper who pleaded guilty in September to a marijuana possession charge and is currently in prison. The group also placed police barricades and metal garbage cans in the 100 block of Burgundy to halt traffic. When officers arrived, the suspects fled but were apprehended nearby, Valencia said. The six subjects were charged with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest by flight and criminal damage to property. (NOLA News)
As of now, Wayne will reportedly serve out the remainder of his term in solitary confinement.
Rikers Island has moved the rapper to solitary confinement as part of his punishment for getting caught with headphones and amp3 player back in May (the jail had to wait for a spot to open up). He will be confined to an isolation cell for up to 23 hours a day until he is released November 4, and will see his out-of-cell time restricted to visits, religious services and a single hour of recreational time per day. Also, he will now only get to make one personal phone call a week. (New York Mag)
Check out a recent Lil Wayne interview down below: