Lil Wayne Talks Life Behind Bars
On November 4, Lil Wayne emerged after eight months in Rikers Island prison in New York after being released early for good behavior and after having gained considerable expertise at the card game Uno.
“I’d bust a n***a’s a** at Uno,” Weezy told Rolling Stone during his first major post-prison interview. “We gamble for phone time. I’d take n***a’s commissary: Lemme get them cookies, lemme get them chips, get that soup.”
In time, his dominance at the game was a source of fear for the other inmates, who wanted to keep their stuff. “They’d be like, ‘Oh, we thought you were asleep,'” said Wayne. “Like you can’t look inside my cell and see that I’m right there! We ain’t got no doors!”
Prison afforded the rapper time to slow down and enjoy some light reading, specifically biographies by other rock stars. He read books on Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Joan Jett, Vince Lombardi and Anthony Kiedis while alone in his cell.
“[Kiedis'] Scar Tissue was really good,” he remarked. “I also read the Bible for the first time. It was deep! I liked the parts where some character was once this, but he ended up being that. Like he’d be dissing Jesus, and then he ends up being a saint. That was cool.”
Although released early, Wayne’s last month behind bars was spent in solitary because guards caught him with an iPod charger, but he’s glad that’s all they caught him with. At that same time, he had a watch with an mp3 player inside it, but another inmate named Charles took the fall.
“He was a solid n***a,” says Wayne. “Shout-out to Charles…Solitary was the worst. No TV. No radio. No commissary. Basically you’re in there 23 hours a day.”
But he did have a window in solitary. “I used to sit at that motherf***er all day,” he said.
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