Bill Clinton Comments On Lil Wayne's Prison Release

'This guy's smart. And he's got a new chance now,' former president says.

You already knew that Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne's biggest fans were eagerly awaiting the Young Money MC's release from Rikers Island prison on Thursday. But did you ever imagine a former United States president was busy thinking about life after lockup for Mr. Carter?

In the midst of a tough final push for Democratic candidates in the run-up to the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton found the time to call in to Pittsburgh radio station 96.1 Kiss FM's "Morning Freak Show" on Tuesday to stump for Democratic candidates. That's when hosts Mikey and Big Bob asked the 42nd president his thoughts on Weezy's release. Clinton had more to say than you might imagine about the subject, without ever actually mentioning Wayne by name.


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"I tell you what I think about that," a bemused Clinton said. "I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me. But I think — you know, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip-hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart. She said, 'Dad, you need to listen, all these people are smart.' This guy's smart. And he's got abilities. And he's got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it'll never happen again to him.

"You know, I think a lot of these people, they don't get successful in that — just like in any other area of life — by being really dumb. They're really smart. But a lot of them had tough lives, and they almost think it's cool to get in trouble every now and then, or they don't know how to stay out. But what I hope will happen is that he has a good life now."

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