There was no big spectacle when Diddy visited his friend Lil Wayne earlier this month at New York’s Rikers Island. There are no pictures or video footage. [artist id=”1244169″]Diddy[/artist] told MTV News he just wanted to check in on a friend who always came through in the clutch for him.
“Wayne is a trooper,” Diddy said Tuesday (May 18) while promoting his June 4 film, “Get Him to the Greek.” “[artist id=”510062″]Wayne[/artist] is doing great. It was a personal visit, so I don’t want to get into the details of that. We’re just counting down the days of him getting out. He’s somebody that has been there for me over the years numerous times. I live in New York. It wouldn’t have been right if I didn’t go see him and check on his health and well-being. But the status of where that’s at, that’s his personal business.”
One of the ways Wayne came through for Puffy was shooting a video for Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train to Paris album, due June 28.
“On Last Train to Paris, Wayne is on the album, Drake is on the album, we’re trying to get Hov on the album, trying to get Janelle Monáe on the album,” Diddy told MTV News in March. “Everybody that’s on the album, it’s not done in a regular appearance way. It’s done in a unique way that’s authentic. It’s not about a single or [album sales]. It doesn’t have that behind it. Wayne is on a record that’s called ’Strobe Lights.’ It’s one of the first records where I hear him talking about love and how love has affected him. That’s the type of things I wanted to get out of people if they were on the album. I wanted people to get out of their comfort zone and do something that was special. He did the video for me over the weekend. ’Strobe Lights,’ it’s gonna be tough.”
Diddy also said Wayne’s absence from the scene is a big loss. “I think we gonna miss a certain energy that Wayne has,” Diddy said. “The beauty about it is, he’ll be back, and hopefully he’ll come back a better person. Whenever we get in trouble, we’re in the public spotlight. So hopefully there’s a lot of kids out there who could learn from any mistakes that we may have put ourselves in, even if we’re not guilty of the crime sometimes. We are human. People have to learn: ’Make sure you know where you’re going, who you riding with, what the situation is.’ We’re targets. I’m just happy he doesn’t have to do a lot of time and that he’ll be out, and hopefully he’ll use the time wisely and use it in a positive way.”
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