Lil Wayne Out of Jail & Other Rap Stars Who Landed in the Pokie

Sasha Brown-Worsham

It looks like rapper Lil Wayne was released from prison Thursday morning after some reports that it would be delayed a day.

The 28-year-old rapper (real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) was sentenced to one year in Rikers Island Prison in New York for keeping a .40 caliber semi-automatic loaded gun on his tour bus three years ago. He was released after 8 months.

Obviously the next question: Where is Lil Wayne -- also known as Weezy -- headed? Let me tell you, it's not Disney, though it's in Florida.

Weezy planned to set off to Miami where warmth and partying (and plenty of strip clubs) were all on the agenda. According to Radar:

Upon his release, the 28-year-old rapper was headed to Miami, where his friends will be holding a huge strip club party welcoming him back into the fold on Sunday, his reps told MTV.

Of course Lil Wayne isn't the only rap star to run afoul of the law. Here are a few other hip-hop and rap stars who had their days in court as well:

  • Lil' Kim: Must be something about the name 'Lil,' no? Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Denise Jones, served one year in 2005 for lying to a jury for a friend who was involved in a shooting. Her career did bounce back, though. She released an album while in prison and went on Dancing With the Stars in 2009.
  • Mystikal: In 2003, Michael "Mystikal" Tyler plead guilty to sexual battery and extortion. He served 6 years in Louisiana and was released in 2010. He has to register as a sex offender.
  • Snoop Dogg: Rap star Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, had already spent 6 months in jail before he was even famous for possession of cocaine. Since then he has had many brushes with the law, but no jail time. Yet.
  • DMX: This rapper has also been in trouble many times. In 2005, he served 70 days for a parole violation. Then, in 2010, he was released after serving four months of a six-month sentence. A month later he went back in on an old reckless driving charge. Oy. Maybe take up knitting, DMX? Seriously. You need a hobby that doesn't involve prison time.
  • T.I.: Rapper T.I. started serving his 11-month sentence on November 2. After previously serving time in prison for illegal weapon charges, he went back this time on a parole violation. His real name is Clifford Harris and he plans to release a new album from jail on December 7.

What's up with all these rap sheets?


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