Lil Wayne will breathe free air a little longer. The rapper was set to begin a year-long prison stint Tuesday, immediately following his sentencing in New York City. But Weezy’s hearing has been delayed to March 2 — because he needs dental surgery.
According to MTV, Wayne’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, said the 27-year-old star needs to finish a string of recent surgeries for a dental problem before he goes to jail. Wayne is now scheduled to undergo surgery Feb. 12 in Miami, and will need roughly 10 days to recover.
“I don’t want this to get pushed back anymore,” judge Charles H. Solomon said of the delayed March 2 hearing. “This is the last adjournment.”
Over Super Bowl weekend, Wayne celebrated what he thought would be his final days of freedom, throwing a going away party at Miami’s Dolce Ultra Lounge Sunday night after the game. The Young Money crew, plus rappers Wale, Drake, B.G., and others came out to show their respects. Check out photos from the fiesta at Nah Right.
Monday, one day before his term was initially scheduled to begin, Wayne checked in from his recording studio — where he’s spent a lot time preparing tracks before going to jail — to post a rambling, X-rated, and, at times, hilarious goodbye to fans. Watch it at Ozone Mag.
Last October, Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, stemming from a July 2007 arrest following a Manhattan concert, when police found a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus. His plea deal called for a year behind bars, but with good behavior he could serve as little as eight months.
The rapper, who conquered the charts with his 2008 studio album, Tha Carter III, and recently released the rock-oriented Rebirth, is only the latest in a long line rappers to go to jail at the height of their careers, including Tupac, T.I., Mystikal, Foxy Brown, and others.
Due to his celebrity status, Wayne is expected to be separated from the general population at Ricker’s Island, which holds roughly 13,500 inmates, most of whom inmates are awaiting trial.