Lil Wayne is trying his best to remain a free man, despite everyone’s feelings towards the “how” or the “lead-up” to his freedom. The chart-topping rapper was facing federal charges stemming from a search of his private plane. However, thanks to a pardon from Donald Trump on the last day of his presidency, he won’t have to await sentencing.
A few moments after news began to circulate that Wayne was a part of Trump’s list, he took to Twitter to officially thank him. “I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community,” said the rapper. He went on to thank his lawyer as well for his diligent efforts “to secure another chance for me. Love!” he said before signing off his full name.
I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 21, 2021
– Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
Many feel as though Wayne’s freedom came with a price, among other assumptions. Rapper 50 Cent offered his opinion on Wayne after his initial endorsement while on The Breakfast Club, where he also shared that he too had been offered a substantial amount of money from the former president.
“They offered me $1 million to go to Trump’s inauguration,” 50 stated. “[They initially offered] $500,000 and it went up to $1 million while I was still confused with whether I should do it.” While he admits he debated the offer, he decided against it but shares why he believes Trump was pining so hard for Hip-Hop endorsements.
“He was needing it for the same reasons you see now,” he added. “He participated with different artists for the Black vote. And I’m going, ‘Nah, I ain’t gonna put myself in that position.’ ‘Cause I don’t know what I’d have to do to recover from that.”
The “I Get Money” rapper did find the time, in true Curtis Jackson form, to offer some petty advice to the New Orleans rapper via social media. “Wait a minute Trump still got 63 days left, call him Wayne,” he posted to Instagram, referring to his gun charges. “Get that fool on the phone. they gonna try to put you in jail for supporting trump.”
Now that things seem to be looking up for Wayne, and in the midst of the speculations surrounding his pardon and relationship with Trump, Charlamagne Tha God feels there is really no reason to be mad about it. “Y’all gotta face the judge now. Y’all shoulda got in on that train early,” he said while on his podcast, Brilliant Idiots. “I’m not mad at Wayne. I don’t judge people for what they do when they’re just trying to survive. I think that it’s very easy to say what you wouldn’t do in that situation, but Lil Wayne is a multi-millionaire, he’s got five kids, he’s been in jail before, he’s facing 10 years, this is his second gun charge. Like, c’mon.”
He adds that Wayne “didn’t do anything criminal” and that the real issue that people have with him is his endorsement for Trump. Charlamagne then doubled down on his comments after The Neighborhood Talk shared a clip on their Instagram page. ”Didn’t neither one of them snitch to save themselves, they didn’t set anyone up to save themselves, they didn’t get anyone killed to save themselves,” he wrote, referring to both Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. “They just politicked with someone who’s politics people don’t agree with. I’m happy for a lot of folks the celebrity in chief pardoned especially non violent drug offenders who got life and astronomical numbers for weed when that s**t is legal now medicinally or recreationally throughout the majority of the country.”