To his great credit, Lil Wayne’s done a spectacular job of keeping this whole Rikers thing lighthearted. There’s the grateful blog posts, the ready-for-radio leaks, the truly insightful sports analysis, and a steady stream of cheery phone calls (e.g., “I got the penthouse suite up here at Rikers“). His team promised there would be a plan to maintain Weezy’s visibility while locked up, and they’ve executed it impressively as they work up to his fall release and a new EP, I’m Not a Human Being. Of course, the dude is still in jail, which means conversations like the one he had with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 last night are inevitable. After running through all the support he’s been getting from his fans, Wayne talks about staying in touch with the outside world:
“I call Drake at least once a week, but I actually call three or four times a week, but he only picks up for me once a week,” the MC said with a laugh … “Put in this position, I just feel like every time I pick up the phone to dial a number, I feel like I’m a bother, because I’m in jail. I don’t have nothing else to do but talk to you, and that might not be what you want to do at the time. I don’t know if that’s just a conscious thing, but … I always feel like I’m bothering. I call Mack Maine every single day, and I know I get on his nerves, but he answers every single time.
There’s nothing tragic about it, but Wayne sketching out some of the minor details of his isolated everyday life is pretty crushing nonetheless. Drake, pick up the damn phone!