Bun B has been friends with Lil Wayne since he was a teenager. The Houston legend said having Wayne out of the music game for a year will be a greater loss than people are realizing.
"I feel bad, because I don't think anything like this has happened in music since Elvis got drafted into the Army," Bun B said. " ... Let's just keep it real: Lil' Wayne is not just the biggest rapper, Lil Wayne is the biggest pop star right now. Maybe Susan Boyle is on his level. But when you talk about music, nine times out of 10, Lil Wayne's name is gonna come into the conversation. I feel bad for any brother or any sister that's gotta go to jail. I feel especially bad for a person like Lil Wayne who's really riding the wave right now. But he don't have a lot of time. He's doing it on the Island. As wild and as ill as the Island is, I think at the same time, he'll be all right. When you in that state jail and you dealing with those lifers, you got a lot of other issues at hand."
While in jail, Wayne should just focus on serving his time productively and not worry about fellow inmates, Bun said. , Wayne should just focus on serving his time productively and not worry about fellow inmates, Bun said.
"I don't think it will be smart for him to go to general population," he said. "A person like Lil Wayne doesn't have to prove anything to anybody in general population exposing themselves to that yard. It's not about being real. It's too many people who have way too much to gain, and [there is] so much he could lose by trying to prove something. ... That's nota good look. ... It's a little bit different when a person like Lil Wayne goes to jail. All we can do is pray for him. Pray for his spirit."
Bun, who championed his late musical brother Pimp C years ago when Pimp was in prison, said he admires the attitude Wayne's musical family has in this tough time.
"I just left Miami. People [were] trying to keep their heads up and sprits up while the young man was around, but they are hurting," Bun said. "One thing I noticed from the Young Money camp is that they're not being down because of their careers and they're worried about a co-sign. They are worried about a friend. That's what I see from Drake, Nicki, Stunna. ... These people are concerned about a friend going to prison."