On the 8th of March 2010, Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter Jnr.) was sentenced in a Manhattan Criminal Court to a year behind bars for having a loaded gun on his tour bus. On the 2nd of April 2010, after just under a month of being in jail, Lil Wayne started a blog.
Celebrities and their collective rape of social media outlets, has well and truly reached new heights in this recent development. I mean, we all know that John Mayer could probably tweet offensively from underwater, and Perez Hilton could still bitch from a bomb shelter during nuclear war, but jail-bird blogging is definitely going to be the Next. Big. Thing.
Lil Wayne’s website is aptly named “weezythanxyou”, because, well, he wants to thank you. And you. And all of his fans for their undying support in times of convicted felony.
However, whilst Lil Wayne himself is denied access to the internet during his stay in prison, his blog posts are instead, “transcribed” by Karen Civil, an online marketer at Weezy’s label, from Carter’s hand-written letters.
In his first post, he speaks of his love for his children, and his positivity, “I’m in good spirits man, for real.” And later, “They can lock me up, but my spirit and my love can never be confined to prison walls.”
He also suggests that “Real soon, you can catch me blogging for ESPN again thank you espn for not letting my passion for sports perish.” We don’t know how Dwayne Carter Jnr. will be watching all the games he will apparently be blogging, but either way, we applaud him for his determination.
His first and foremost intention for the website is to stay in touch with his fans; expressed here: “If I could, I’d write each one of you back. Because of this, my team and I have created a website where you can view my letters. Each week I’ll answer as many questions as I possibly can.”
He begins by thanking Mia Edwards from Southern California, and saying generally inspiring things like: “Earning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful. I’ll keep you in mind whenever I decide to do an autobiography on my life.” We’re pretty sure that autobiography means he has to write it himself, but either way, Mia Edwards, well done.
Seriously, God bless this little face-tattooed bandit. He means well. And, all in all, it’s actually quite well written, and a significant leap from his incredibly abbreviated Twitter feed. Having said that, the voice of this author definitely has an aural quality (meaning, you should read it out loud with a gangsta accent to get the full effect). Particularly lines like: “For real, this will be the best way we can communicate for the coming months. The same way yall miss me, I miss yall, only 100 times more.”
The best part of this blog is that he’s even included a countdown till he gets out of the big- house. So accurate that it’s actually documented in days, hours, minutes and seconds. Not since Clint Eastwood in Escape from Alcatraz, have I seen someone this determined to weezy their way out of jail.