While spending eight months in Riker’s Island prison for a gun possession charged in 2007, the popular American rapper, Lil Wayne has released an album that went no. 1 while he was in solitary confinement. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. a.k.a Weezy, was caught in gun possession while on his tour. Wayne said on Weezythankxyou.com, “I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation”. Wayne with his best-selling album in 2008 won the Grammy Awards Best Rap Album with Tha Carter III. While being locked up in jail, his career kept soaring high. While he was in jail, he released his eighth album I Am Not a Human Being and it hit no. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Songs by other artists which featured Wayne also came out while he was inside. He even recorded a verse over the phone for his collaboration hit with Drake and Jay-Z for ‘Light Up’. His I Am Not a Human Being was a post-jail Lil Wayne tour.
After three months of being released from prison, he announced his Lil Wayne tour for His I Am Music II Tour. Lil Wayne hit the road on March for the sequel to his record-setting 2009 trek which grossed him with more than $40 million and drew in about 804,000 fans. This 24-city trek across North America kicked off starting in Buffalo, New York along with stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Houston, and Atlanta. Weezy was joined in his arena tour with another Young Money star Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Blink 182’s Travis Barker. The Lil Wayne tour for his I Am Still Music Tour was extended with an additional 40 dates through the summer. The second leg of this tour was wrapped up until September 11 at the Woodlands Ampitheater in Woodlands, Texas. Those who joined him on this trek were Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement, and Lloyd.
After keeping a low-profile after being released in prison late in 2010, Weezy returned to his career with a full throttle in 2011 along with the Lil Wayne tour and his latest released album, Tha Carter IV, which was released on August 29, 2011. Tha Carter IV missed its mark for getting platinum in its first week of release but it did gain the platinum certification on its second week. It reached no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as it debuted with 964,000 copies sold, making it the second-highest debut of 2011 after Lady Gaga.
For sure Weezy’s fans haven’t gotten enough of him yet this 2011, but with the recent release of Tha Carter IV, the fans expect another Lil Wayne tour in support of the album. Meanwhile, Eminem got Lil Wayne to perform with him at Australia. Scheduled dates are on December 1 at the Ethiad Stadium, Melbourne Australia, and on December 2 at the Sydney Football Stadium.