On Tuesday, reports emerged that Lil Wayne and Tiger King star Joe Exotic were on the list of final pardons Trump planned to make before Joe Biden‘s inauguration. Exotic’s team was so sure the Netflix star was going to be pardoned that they sent a limo to his prison.
In the end, Exotic was not one of the 143 people given clemency and pardons from Trump. However, it turns out Lil Wayne and rapper Kodak Black were among those included on the list.
Last year, Lil Wayne was charged and pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon during a flight on his private jet from California to Florida. Lil Wayne was first convicted of a felony gun charge in New York back in 2009.
Given his past conviction, this latest charge meant that, if convicted, he would’ve faced up to 10 years in prison. Lil Wayne was originally scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 28 so the pardon arrived at the perfect time for the rapper.
Lil Wayne has supported Donald Trump in the past. However, many speculate that the rapper only supported Trump in order to receive a pardon.
Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q9c5k1yMWf
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020
This week, Lil Wayne’s lawyer Bradford Cohen disputed claims that he finessed a pardon from the former President. During an interview with the New York Times, Cohen said that he helped organize a meeting between his client and Trump, but denies it was a strategic move to earn a Presidential pardon. Cohen further says that the meeting likely helped sway Trump into granting a pardon, but that was never Lil Wayne’s intention.
“It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they’re just looking at a piece of paper,” he said. “In hindsight, I guess it worked out. I think they had a very strong connection. He’s in the entertainment world. He’s got a style that’s similar in terms of the way that he carries himself, and a lot of rappers and people in the industry relate to that.”
As well, on Wednesday, Howard Srebnick, another attorney for Wayne, told Rolling Stone that prosecuting Lil Wayne would’ve been a violation of the Second Amendment.
“A pardon for [Lil Wayne] is consistent with the views of many jurists — including Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett — that prosecuting a non-violent citizen for merely possessing a firearm violates the Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.”
Following his pardon, Lil Wayne posted a tweet thanking his lawyer and the former President for making it happen.
“I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!”
I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!
– Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 21, 2021
Now, Lil Wayne is celebrating his Presidential pardon with the new song “Ain’t Got Time.” The song’s lyrics directly reference the situation that led to his now pardoned weapons charge last year.
“The feds, they hot on us, 100 on the thermometer,” he raps. “They raided my private plane, got one that’s more privater. FBI arrest me, why?”
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