"As I greet you all in my last days on this island, I must reflect. I think back to when I first arrived and I had no clue what I'd be experiencing. I was never scared, worried, nor bothered by the situation. For that, I thank God, my family, and you, my amazing fans. I prayed for you all every night, as I'm now aware that I as in y'alls prayers as well. I vow to continue to be me! For you have assured time that I don’t have to change for no one but God. I will be the same Martian I was when I left, just better."
-Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne, writing via the Web site he has kept up while in prison about his imminent release. In a letter addressed to the fans posted at WeezyThanxYou (the blog he has kept up while he has been an inmate at Rikers Island for the past few months), Wayne thanked everybody who corresponded with him and sent prayers and well-wishes throughout the duration of his stay behind bars. "I smiled like a child on Christmas," he wrote about the over 300 pieces of mail he received on the first day of correspondence. "But when I began to read them, my heart smiled. I laughed with some of you, reasoned with some of you, and even cried with some of you."
When he gets released from Rikers (which is expected to go down this Thursday, November 4), Wayne will have served seven months in jail related to an arrest for criminal possession of a weapon in New York in 2007. It was hard to miss him while he was gone, as he managed to drop a new album (the recent chart-topper I Am Not a Human Being), drop a couple singles and appear in a handful of videos (all of which were taken care of in a breathless flurry just before his incarceration). He's out just in time to (possibly) drop in on Drake's current tour and celebrate the upcoming release of protegé Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday.