Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne has opened up about the fan mail he receives in Rikers Island and why it is considered a fire hazard.
Calling in from Rikers, Weezy 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)
Still awaiting a November 4th release for his gun conviction, Wayne has kept fans up-to-date with his jail experience through occasional blogs.
“Well ain’t nothing going on in here but the time, which seems like it’s taking forever,” Wayne wrote in his new blog entry titled Just Another Day. “I’m trying to make the most out of every second tho, mentally. There’s some pretty cool people in here. Even though this isn’t a cool place to be. I’ve learned plenty already and the best lesson is to not come back. Last night, I kicked a** in UNO! Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Just thought I’d let y’all know. Gotta stay hydrated. Though it’s hot, I still work out. Now don’t be expecting me to look like Hercules when I get out, but I should be a little bulky. I guess. Anyways, please remember to always check for your name in the “thank yous”. I’m always reading letters and responding.” (Weezy Thanx You)
Last month, Wayne gave his first Rikers Island radio interview to New York radio host Funkmaster Flex.
“I’ll definitely move more carefully,” Wayne told radio personality Funkmaster Flex about precautions he will take after leaving Rikers Island in November. “Everybody says you’re here for a reason, so, I promise you Flex, I try to find that reason everyday. I think when I get out, that’ll be the only time I’ll know the answer…[I’m Not A Human Being EP] will drop before Tha Carter IV, only on the Internet. It’s stuff I recorded right before I came in. I don’t want the phone to hang-up on us so I want to say thank-you to all my fans and I love you Flex for giving me this opportunity…” (In Flex We Trust)
Wayne began his stint behind bars last March after multiple delays.
The rap star was sentenced to a year in jail after authorities found a weapon on his tour bus. The sentencing was part of a plea deal attorneys reached with prosecutors last November regarding his 2007 arrest after a gun was found in his tour bus. (UPI News)
Check out a recent Lil Wayne interview below: