Days in prison must be long, dull, crazy-making. • Lil Wayne has learned how to beat the blues on lockdown. During his prison sentence at Rikers Island in New York for criminal possession of a weapon, the rap superstar became a prolific writer. Already a popular blogger for ESPN, Lil Wayne continued on weezythanxyou.com, writing about his workout habits and sending love to his mother. He hand-wrote a tennis analysis for Sports Illustrated, accurately predicting the U.S. Open winners. He even released a new album, I Am Not a Human Being. • Despite being moved to solitary confinement this month after being caught with an MP3 player, Weezy is expected to get out of prison Thursday. We just hope the rest of his career is as entertaining as his prison memoirs, excerpted below.
Stephanie Hayes, Times staff writer
Hello world. Time is ticking and I'm counting every second … I don't think people truly understand how much their thoughts and well wishes have helped me through this time in my life. Not everyone is as lucky as I am and it humbles me daily. You would be amazed what positivity can do in a negative environment.
What's poppin?! Me, I'm good, figured I'd update my glorious fans again. Well ain't nothing going on in here but the time, which seems like it's taking forever. I'm trying to make the most out of every second tho, mentally. There's some pretty cool people in here. Even though this isn't a cool place to be. I've learned plenty already and the best lesson is to not come back. Last night, I kicked a-- in UNO!
Aug. 27, Sports Illustrated
I genuinely appreciate this opportunity to express my love for tennis. One of the main reasons I enjoy the sport so much is because when I actually tried to play, it was unbelievably difficult. So ever since I've been drawn to the great talents of the game. Not to mention, Andre Agassi was like a pop star when I was a kid. I love the Williams sisters, I simply adore Maria Sharapova, and I'm a huge Nadal fan! I'm definitely rooting for him to get the Grand Slam and win the US Open … With del Potro pulling out of this year's Open with injury, Nadal's only threats are obviously Federer, Djokovic and Roddick's aggressive play, but the player that scares me the most is Andy Murray, who's beaten Rafael four times. Even still I say "Nadal wins it all."
So I've been writing and let me be the first to tell you that the lyrics that I'm writing are … well there's no word that I can think of that properly defines them. Amazing would be too typical and perfect would be unfair. … I know that people are inquisitive of what I do all day, so here goes. I wake up around 11 AM. Have some coffee. Call my kids, and my wonderful mother. I then shower up. Read fan mail. Have lunch. Back on the phone. Read a book or write some thoughts down. Have dinner. Phone. Pushups. Then I listen to ESPN on the radio. Read the bible, then sleep. That's my day.
It's not many words in the world more powerful than "mother." Those six letters can bring joy, just like they bring pain. It can invoke excitement just as quickly as it can anger, depending on the context, I guess. I associate the term with immeasurable strength, beautiful patience and infinite wisdom. You can probably already tell, but the main reason for this letter is to pay tribute to every positive matriarch on Mother's Day. In my eyes, that day is 365 days a year, but I understand the significance of the holiday. The love between a mother and her offspring is hands down the most beautiful thing God created. More than money, more than fame, more than cars. You know why? Because true love is the only thing that lasts from the moment you're born to the second you perish.
Love. Live. Life. Proceed. Progress. That's who I am and who I'll always be. You see, we're all living on borrowed time, so I'm not worried about this situation. Life happens quick. The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done … you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do. So for my time here, my physical will be confined to the yard. My love and my spirit, however, know no boundaries.