Next week, Lil Wayne will release Gone ’Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island, which he wrote during his eight-month jail sentence in the New York facility in 2010. Ahead of the memoir’s October 11 release, Vulture has shared a lengthy excerpt in which Weezy details his first days in jail, his daily routines, and his visits from celeb friends.
Wayne is a compelling and candid writer, describing in detail how he started crying as soon as his cell doors closed behind him, how he heard his baby son call him “dada” for the first time over the prison phone, and how he almost got stage fright before rapping for the first time in front of his fellow inmates.
Of the latter incident, Wayne writes, “It’s crazy that I’ve performed in front of millions of people since I was 8 years old, but for some reason I was nervous as hell. Rapping has always been second nature to me, but my creativity has definitely been put to a test since being in this bitch. I absolutely refuse to rap about being in jail. It’s not who I am AND it’s not who I’m going to be! I hope they liked it. I think they did.”
The New Orleans rapper also recalls being visited in prison by Diddy, Chris Paul, Kanye West, and Drake, who admitted during his visit that he had slept with Wayne’s girlfriend (ouch). Among the most shocking revelations, however, is that, while in prison, Tunechi became a suicidal protection aide, the highest-paying (but one of the most emotionally draining) gig an inmate can get.
“The job is basically to monitor the tier for an eight-hour shift and if someone wants to hang up (meaning to kill themselves), to not negotiate with them or try to talk them out of it, but just to alert an officer,” he writes about the job. “Yeah, it’s that real.”
Head here to read the excerpt in full — it’s pretty riveting stuff.