Lil Wayne released from prison

Rapper Lil Wayne has been released from prison in New York after serving eight months for a gun offence.

Lil Wayne released from prison

Rapper Lil Wayne has been released from prison in New York after serving eight months for a gun offence.

The city’s Department of Correction website said today that the Grammy Award-winning star had been freed from the Rikers Island jail complex.

His managers said he planned to head for his home in Miami, where they were planning a welcome home party on Sunday.

Speaking from behind bars on Tuesday on Weezythanxyou.com, a website he set up to give fans a glimpse of his life in jail, Lil Wayne said: “I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation.”

Lil Wayne, who had the best-selling album of 2008 and won a best rap album Grammy with Tha Carter III, kept his career in high gear while locked up for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007.

His latest album 'I Am Not A Human Being' – released while he was in solitary confinement in September – hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart last month.

He featured on a string of hits by other artists, including Drake and Eminem, that came out while he was behind bars. He recorded a verse for the Drake/Jay-Z collaboration 'Light Up' over the phone.

US President Barack Obama recently told Rolling Stone he has some Lil Wayne music on his iPod, while former president Bill Clinton praised the rapper’s abilities during a phone interview with a Pittsburgh radio station on Tuesday, adding that “what I hope will happen is that he has a good life now”.

Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter Jr, pleaded guilty in October 2009 to attempted weapon possession, admitting he had a loaded, semi-automatic .40-calibre gun on his bus after a Manhattan concert.

He started a year-long sentence in March but got time off for good behaviour, despite a disciplinary knock that sent him to solitary for the last month of his term. A charger and headphones for a digital music player were found in his cell in May – both of which are considered contraband.

On his Weezythanxyou site, his associates posted periodic letters the rapper wrote on topics ranging from his daily prison routine to new songs he had heard and liked on the radio.

He also provided specific, individual responses to some of the fan mail that flooded his cell and became, he said, a source of cheer behind bars.

“I laughed with some of you, reasoned with some of you, and even cried with some of you,” he wrote in a letter posted on Tuesday. “I never imagined how much impact my words and life can have.”

But he assured fans the impact hasn’t completely changed an artist known for ingenious work that sometimes borders on weird: “I will be the same Martian I was when I left, just better.”

Lil Wayne envisions recording new music and releasing a long-rumoured 'Tha Carter IV' next year, and he may also make a book out of a journal he kept in jail, according to his managers and associates.

But his priorities at the moment are reconnecting with his family – he has four children – and the Cash Money Records label-mates to whom he often refers as family.

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