Lil Wayne’s mem­oir de­tails jail stint

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

As soon as Lil Wayne knew he was go­ing to jail for gun pos­ses­sion, he mapped out his plan to sur­vive.

“There was, ‘OK, let’s get a plan to­gether ... from when you go in ... and when you get out,’” the rap­per said of his eight-month stint in New York City’s Rik­ers Is­land in 2010.

What wasn’t in­tended was his book de­tail­ing his ex­pe­ri­ence. The re­cently re­leased “Gone ‘Til Novem­ber” is based on his di­ary from his time in­side prison. He writes about dis­il­lu­sion­ment, dis­putes be­tween in­mates and even a time when he of­fi­ci­ated at a gay mar­riage.

The 34-year-old was skep­ti­cal that peo­ple would be in­ter­ested in his diaries.

Then “my best friend Cortez told me: ‘You know, peo­ple want to know what you did ev­ery sin­gle day.’”

AP: How did you get through it?

Lil Wayne: It was due to the peo­ple around (me). When I say the peo­ple around me, I mean the pris­on­ers, the guards . ... They took all the cliche (out) of what­ever I thought it was gonna be, they took that and threw it right out the win­dow. They made me feel like, for lack of a bet­ter word, to say like I was at home. And it was ev­ery­body . ... No­body wants to be there, not even the guards. So when you come through there, for ev­ery­body to treat you the same . ... What­ever it was, it worked.

AP: What did it feel like to per­form again af­ter you were re­leased?

Wayne: I’d say it was like, uh, be­ing in an accident and los­ing ... feel­ing in your legs and they’re telling you (that) you’ll never walk again. And com­ing back eight months and run­ning up . ... That’s how that felt.

Lil Wayne poses in New Or­leans.

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