[artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] will have plenty of time to himself during his final four weeks in jail at New York's Rikers Island. The rapper (born Dwayne Carter) was placed in solitary confinement on Monday as a result of an incident in May when guards found a pair of headphones and an MP3 player charger in his cell.
Luckily for Wayne, who has been behind bars since March as a result of a plea deal on a gun-possession charge, the infraction won't push back his tentative November 4 release. "It doesn't change his projected release date," said Stephen Morello, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Correction. "It's a serous infraction because it's contraband, but it's not a weapon, and by comparison to a more violent infraction of the rules, like assaulting another inmate or an officer, [it's not as serious]."
Why is Wayne just now getting put in solitary if the incident happened back in May? Morello explained that Rikers officials prioritize inmates who are guilty of violent infractions, so, in essence, Weezy had to wait for his turn in solitary until the harder cases finished their time in the hole.
As far as Morello knows, Wayne, 28, has not had any other infractions since May. As a result of the rule violation, though, Wayne will spend up to 23 hours a day in "punitive segregation," where he will be allowed one hour of solo recreation a day and will only be allowed to leave his cell for attorney visits, religious services or medical care. "Other than that, he will be confined to his cell, he'll have his meals there, and he'll have reduced phone privileges and not even use the public phone; one will be brought to him," Morello said. Wayne's lawyer, Stacey Richman, declined to comment for this article.
The Grammy-winning rapper pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting that he had a loaded handgun on his tour bus when it was stopped after his first headlining show in New York in 2007; the deal allowed him to cut down a potential one-year sentence to eight months with good behavior.
In addition to the headphones and charger officials found inside a potato chip bag in a garbage can in Wayne's cell — inmates can only listen to music on gear sold at the jail commissary — they also found the MP3 player itself in another inmate's cell.
Cash Money Records boss Bryan "Baby" Williams" said a big party is being planned for Weezy's release, most likely in Miami. "We still haven't really made up our mind," Birdman told MTV News. "I think what's important, we want to see family first. If the concert happens, it happens. But right now, we just want to come home and see our family and party, I think. That's what we gonna do: just come to Miami, and just party for a minute. Work and party and play. Have the whole team out here, and we gonna do it up. Miami is gonna be Weezy world. Weezy weekend."