Lil Wayne Gets Solitary Confinement for Listening to Music

So much for the power of music setting you free.

The New York Times reports that incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne, who’s currently serving a one-year sentence for gun possession at Rikers Island for gun possession, will likely be kept in solitary confinement for the remainder of his stay, after guards found contraband musical gear in his cell.

The 28-year-old rapper (born Dwayne Carter) was slapped with one month of “punitive segregation” on Monday for the infraction, which occurred in May. Jail officials say that headphones and a charger for a digital music player were discovered in a potato-chip bag stashed in a garbage can in Carter’s cell. Under jail rules, inmates are only allowed to listen to music on radios and headphones purchased from the facility’s commissary.

Carter will now be confined to his new cell 23 hours a day, aside form visits and showers. He also won’t be allowed to mingle with other inmates, and his television privileges have been revoked.

It’s expected that Wayne will be released from Rikers in November with time off for good behavior, after serving eight months of his sentence. The infraction will likely not affect his early release. Carter pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in October 2009, admitting that he had kept a loaded semiautomatic gun on his tour bus in 2007.

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