What We Learned About Jail From Lil Wayne’s Prison Diary

Lil Wayne isn’t just a mighty, mighty rapper – he’s also a published author, with the new release of Gone ‘Til November: A Journal Of Rikers Island, on October 11. The book is a collection of Wayne’s prison diaries from his 2010 incarceration, when he was locked up for eight months after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon. We sat down with the memoir and we learned a lot, but mainly that we never, ever want to jail. Here’s some other things we found out.

Prison is not a good place to discover your missus banged another famous person
“I woke up still feeling fucked up about the fucked up day that I had. Hell is what it was! I’m used to arguing with my girl on a daily basis… but finding out that she fucked Drake was the absolute worst thing I could’ve found out.”

You can’t have pictures of yourself in prison
“One guy from Vegas sent [me] pictures of a tattoo he had gotten. It was a picture of my face and the Young Money logo! Now that’s a fan! I wasn’t able to keep the picture because it was of me and there’s some dumb-ass rule that says you can’t have pictures of yourself, even though it was a tattoo. I hate this fucking place and its rules!”


Prison can be rather dull
“I’m eating Oreos and drinking grape Kool-Aid as I write this right now. This is the kind of shit that has become worth writing about: eating Oreos and drinking grape Kool-Aid. Damn!”

Prison makes you creative
“Al’s farting and Joey is coughing. Jail!… I learned how to make air freshener with a nasal spray bottle, shampoo and water. It actually works.”

Variety is not only the spice of life, but the spice of prison
“Woke up early as usual for my morning coffee. Wanted to switch it up, so I had Rice Krispies for breakfast today. Got extra sugar from my dude who looks out for me every morning.”

It’s a great place to catch up on your reading
“Started reading this book today called Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Good book so far… he’s a crazy guy.”

Prison makes you resourceful
“Tried to keep my drink cold by putting it in the toilet… It worked!”

Prison is not fun. Not fun at all
“I don’t ever want to come back to this bitch! There’s absolutely nothing cool about jail. It’s nasty. It’s dirty. Everything is fucking used. Getting something new in the bitch is like winning the lottery.”


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