UPDATED Jan. 20, 10 a.m. Lil Wayne was pardoned by outgoing President Donald Trump yesterday, as was rapper Kodak Black, who had also been convicted for firearms offences. Death Row Records co-founder Michael Harris, who had served 30 years in a 25-years-to-life sentence for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, had his sentence commuted.
In October 2020, rapper Lil Wayne controversially endorsed Donald Trump just days before the election. The decision was criticized by rap fans and political pundits alike.
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
Today is the President’s final day in office and he is expected to pardon over 100 people. It is widely speculated that Lil Wayne will be among the names on the list, as the New York Times reports. However, Trump’s lawyer and Borat 2 star Rudy Giuliani is not expected to be pardoned, nor is former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Last month, Lil Wayne pled guilty to a firearms charge. If convicted, he could be facing up to a decade in prison.
Wayne is keeping busy musically. The rapper started the year off with the release of his No Ceilings 3 mixtape. He is set to drop two albums in the near future: I Am Not a Human Being III and Tha Carter VI. Montreal producer DRTWRK worked on the last Tha Carter installment, producing the Travis Scott duet “Let It Fly.”
Elsewhere in hip hop and presidential crossovers, Snoop Dogg has been rumoured to be secretly campaigning for Trump to pardon Michael Harris. Harris co-founded Death Row Records alongside Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, the latter of whom is also incarcerated.
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