Given the circumstances, Lil Wayne is doing just fine. A little over a month ago, the Grammy award winner was forced to temporarily trade in his lifestyle of studio sessions and concerts for a stint in New York’s notorious Rikers Island. Serving time for a 2007 weapons possession, Wayne could find himself home before the year is out – November pending good behavior.
Throughout his career, Wayne has never been the confrontational type. The same mindset applies to his incarceration. He doesn’t want his time to be remembered with resentment – a la Shyne with Diddy. Although it ultimately was, he did not desire a media circus the way T.I.’s entrance to prison was last year. At the end of the day, Weezy, like any other inmate (rapper or not), wants to do his time and come home. But he also wants to make sure his time is spent effectively and with a purpose. Wayne’s love for his fans is evident in the amount of shows he performs and the number of songs he records. But behind the walls, the innovative rapper may have one upped himself.
Weezythankxyou.comis an interactive site allowing fans of the incarcerated lyricist to communicate with him while he is away. Due to the high quantity of letters he receives on a daily basis, Weezy will respond once a week detailing his thoughts, feelings and even answering several questions. The first letter, “Gone To November,” is already published. Here is an excerpt:
Love. Live. Life. Proceed. Progress. That’s who I am and who I’ll always be. You see, we’re all living on borrowed time, so I’m not worried about this situation. Life happens quick. The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done…you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do. Trying to tear down the past prohibits you from building up your future. So for my time here, my physical will be confined to the yard. My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries.
I’m in good spirits man, for real. My kids race through my mind all day. They know they were created with love, so love is how their life will be defined. I just hope my love and adoration for them provides a temporary bandage on a wound I unknowingly inflicted.
Obviously, time away has already had an effect on Wayne and the letter goes on to thank fans for their support. He even mentions a few by name. In addition to weekly updates, the rapper/sports junkie will also begin blogging for ESPN.com. next week. His personal memoirs are being penned as well. In an environment that promotes idle time, the Young Money honcho is doing the one thing which made him who he is today – work. And work hard at that. Wayne knows prison is something he must endure on his own. But at least now, he and his fans can support one another throughout the process.