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Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. -- or as he's known to fans, Lil Wayne -- is a free man. The 28-year-old rapper was released from Rikers Island in New York City on Thursday morning after serving eight months of a 1-year sentence on a weapons conviction.
The man behind the chart-topping album I Am Not Human was released early on good behavior, despite the fact that he spent the end of his sentence in solitary for "sneaking headphones and a charger for an MP3 player into his cell earlier this year."
A department rep confirmed his release to E! Online: "He left according to standard procedures in correction vehicle, but not with others. It's unusual in the sense that if you have a high profile inmate you have to transport him individually. It's a modification of our standard procedure. In this case different arrangements were made because of his extraordinarily high profile. He was dropped at an undisclosed location and met by his associates."
So now that Weezy is out of jail, what's his first order of business? Mack Maine, the president of Lil Wayne's record label, told MTV.com that his friends and music family will join him for a party at a Miami strip club. "(We plan) to just treat him like a king, like the royalty that he is and make him feel like we really missed him and welcome him back to the family, basically," he said.
Maine wasn't the only one excited about Lil' Wayne's release, as the star's manager Cortez Bryant tweeted, "FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!" Even former President Bill Clinton (yes, you read that right!) gave his opinion on Weezy during an interview with 96.1 Kiss FM's Morning Freak Show. "This guy's smart," he said. "And he's got abilities. And he's got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it'll never happen again to him."
On Tuesday Lil Wayne himself, who kept in touch with fans via his website Weezythanxyou.com during his time behind bars, insisted he didn't let his jail time get him down. "I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation," he said.
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