Lil Wayne is wasting no time in his newly pardoned life, dropping new song “Ain’t Got Time” a day after his pardon by now–former president Donald Trump. Wayne seems to reference the incident he was pardoned for — a felony gun-possession charge related to police finding a gun on his private plane in Miami in 2019 — in the song. “The Feds, they hot on us, one hundred on the thermometer,” he raps. “They raided my private plane, I went got one that’s more privater.” He also pays tribute to late rapper Juice WRLD on the song with the lines, “RIP Juice WRLD, wrote that on two cups / Cuz pour out a li’l juice for him, shit gave me goosebumps.” The song features singer Fousheé, whose career rose after she was anonymously featured on a TikTok hit (Sleepy Hallow’s “Deep End Freestyle,” for which she now has a credit), and comes ahead of Lil Wayne’s planned album I Am Not a Human Being III.
Update, 11 a.m.: Shortly after dropping his new song, Lil Wayne tweeted a thank-you to Trump for the pardon. “I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community,” the rapper wrote. “I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!”
Meanwhile, Wayne’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, defended his client’s October 2020 meeting with the former president, which he claimed wasn’t part of a ploy to get the pardon. “It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they’re just looking at a piece of paper,” Cohen told the New York Times. “In hindsight, I guess it worked out.”