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Lil Wayne Went to Jail Today

Well, it finally happened: Lil Wayne showed up at a courthouse and was taken away in handcuffs. It went down around 2:15 p.m. at the Criminal Courthouse, where a more sizable crowd than the one assembled the last two times Wayne was supposed to go to prison showed up to send him off. Tucked away behind barricades, the eager photographers and fans (including one young lady who shares Lil Wayne’s affinity for face tattoos) roared and clapped as Wayne’s entourage — again featuring his longtime Cash Money label chiefs and original mentors, Birdman and Slim — bulled into the main lobby, then toward the elevator banks. As they went through, the line at the metal detector stopped moving, but we were too far back to tell if that was because the cops wanted to let Wayne in unimpeded, or if the guy manning the booth just wanted to stare at him as he went by.

Wayne will be taken to Rikers, where in a best case scenario he’ll serve eight months of his one-year sentence for attempted gun possession. He’d spent his extra days feverishly working at music-video shoots and studio sessions, and the plan is for a steady stream of material to be released during his time behind bars. (His eventual release, as Chris Norris of Rolling Stone has reported, will be coupled with that of Tha Carter IV.). Mostly, though, we’ll have to get used to a musical landscape without Weezy, one of the more entertaining celebrities (intentionally and otherwise; he even made court delays fun!) around. It’ll be a lot more boring without you, dude.

Wayne will be taken to Rikers, where in a best case scenario he’ll serve eight months of his one-year sentence for attempted gun possession. He’d spent his extra days feverishly working at music-video shoots and studio sessions, and the plan is for a steady stream of material to be released during his time behind bars. (His eventual release, as Chris Norris of Rolling Stone has reported, will be coupled with that of Tha Carter IV.). Mostly, though, we’ll have to get used to a musical landscape without Weezy, one of the more entertaining celebrities (intentionally and otherwise; he even made court delays fun!) around. It’ll be a lot more boring without you, dude.

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