By Rahman J. Dukes
Drake, Rick Ross, Ice Cube, Saigon, Flo Rida, David Banner, Master P and more are just a few names who’ve been spotted strolling around the L.A. Live grounds today in anticipation of Sunday’s Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre. Not to mention Eminem, Kanye West and that Barbie chick haven’t even touched the scene yet. Trey Songz was seen chopping it up with fellow crooner Lloyd, who was sporting his new ’do, Rick Ross was posing for photos with Ice Cube and David Banner, and at one point, L.A.-based group LMFAO stopped the entire radio forum, yelling out, “Who wants to partaaaaay!” But one rap artist who won’t be present this weekend is Lil Wayne.
Wayne has appeared at the last two VMAs, taking home a few Moonmen following his classic Carter III album in 2009. But this year, as his Young Money artists Drake and Nicki hold court at Nokia, Wayne will be holed up at his “penthouse suite” in Rikers Island. For a minute, there’d been whispers that Wayne might make a surprise appearance during Drake’s set, complete in his prison greens. But for those who got their hopes high, don’t hold your breath.
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Last month, Weezy gave his first in-person prison interview with Hot 97 personality Funkmaster Flex. Among the various questions, Flex asked who Wayne was looking forward to working with once he’s released from jail. “Andre 3000 and Tech N9ne,” Wayne answered. Tech N9ne?
One person who responded to Wayne’s wishes was Tech himself. Earlier today the rapper confirmed via Twitter that he’d just come from visiting Wayne hinting at a future collaboration between the pair.
“If anybody got anything bad to say bout Wayne, don’t say it to me cause that’s a real n—a I just visited in there” Tech tweeted.
Lil Wayne is expected to be released from Rikers in early November (check his prison ID above) just in time for his Carter IV LP and Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday debut. Hold your head, Weezy.
What’s the first thing Wayne should do once he gets home? Let us know in the comments!