In the White House announcement of Carter's pardon, officials noted it had been supported by Brett Perish, owner of liquor company Sovereign Brands, and football legend Dan Sanders. “Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of food banks,” the White House said.
Following his latest conviction, his former attorney Ron Sweeney, who recently filed a lawsuit against Carter seeking $20 million in allegedly unpaid commissions, said he hoped Trump would pardon him, according to the Hill. Prince Williams/Wire image President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to rapper Lil Wayne, who last month plead guilty to felony gun possession and faced up to 10 years in prison.
Former NFL star and football coach Dan Sanders wrote in support of the rapper's application for a pardon, calling the musician “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a haymaker, a game changer.” During last year's presidential campaign, Lil Wayne tweeted a photo of himself with Trump, saying he had a “great meeting” with the president and supported his criminal justice reform program and economic plan for African Americans.
Trump granted a full pardon to Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. The rapper was charged in Florida on Nov. 17 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
In October, the Grammy award-winner caused a stir on social media after appearing to endorse Trump by sharing a photo of the pair following a “great meeting.” Earlier this month, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson advocated for the commutation of Capri on Twitter.
The White House highlighted Capri's “numerous philanthropic efforts... such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged. His legal team, led by wealthy philanthropist and private investigator Eric Love, had a limousine ready to go and hyped up the possibility of his release so much in the media that it became a trending topic on Twitter.
In December, the musician pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm as a formerly convicted felon one year after he was found on a chartered jet from Los Angeles to Miami with a loaded, gold-plated .45-caliber handgun and bag of various drugs on his person. Days before the presidential election, Lil Wayne joined fellow rappers, like 50 Cent and Lil Pump, in expressing his support for Trump’s policies and posing for a photo op with the Republican candidate.
Trump’s “platinum plan” was a collection of initiatives targeted at winning over Black voters ahead of the election by focusing on policies to bolster the economy, prosecute the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations, and make Juneteenth a federal holiday. According to NPR, the Trump campaign team was so pleased with the rapper’s endorsement it promoted the tweet to its outreach list of Black voters, a demographic republican only captured 8% of in the 2016 presidential election.
This year alone, Jonah Hill’s Mid90s is already receiving early critical acclaim, and this summer’s revelatory Skate Kitchen became a sleeper hit. Rappers from Travis Scott to ASAP Rocky have recently tried dipping their feet into the world of skateboarding, in often transparent attempts at co-opting the culture’s “cool” factor.
My favorite clip is of him skating a manual pad that rises off the ground as soon as he rolls onto it (I imagine that Weezy’s late entry into the sport has somewhat impinged his ability to Ollie very high). The past decade of the rapper’s career has been mired in legal battles with his label, Cash Money Records, and its founders, Bryan “Bird man” a.k.a.
If his run of legendary mixtapes and collaborations says anything, it’s that Lil Wayne is an artist fixated on evolution, on finding new ways to challenge and push himself. His flow has been morphed and mimicked dozens of times over and his oddball aesthetic has become more or less the norm within the rap world.
Rapper Lil Wayne has been arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in Miami with illegal possession of a gun as a convicted felon. The complaint alleges Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was found to be in possession of a firearm on Dec. 23, 2019, when it was reported that federal authorities conducted a search of his private jet.
In this June 16, 2018, file photo, Lil Wayne performs on Day 3 of the 2018 Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands in Dover, Del. Wayne drew controversy earlier this month when he endorsed and met with President Donald Trump prior to Election Day.
He said in a tweet, and photo of the meeting, that he met with the president to discuss his criminal justice reform platform. “Just had a great meeting with (President Donald Trump) besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” the rapper tweeted in late October.
“I don't feel connected to a damn thing that ain't got nothing to do with me,” Lil Wayne told ABC News. Rapper 50 Cent has advised his peer Lil Wayne to give President Donald Trump a call and ask for help after Wayne was served a federal weapons charge.
On Tuesday, TMZ reported that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida charged the Mill” rapper with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The charge relates to an incident in December 2019, when feds searched a plane that Wayne was a passenger on.
That same day, 50 Cent tweeted a screenshot of the TMZ headline: Lil Wayne Charged by Feds with Possession of Firearm, Ammo.” He also tweeted some advice for Wayne, telling him to try to get Trump to pardon him before he leaves office in January.
He was previously convicted with a felony gun charge in New York in 2009, and served eight months of a yearlong prison sentence. “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump POTUS besides what he's done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership.
Immediately after Election Day, 50 Cent shared a tweet from TMZ that reported that LilWayne's girlfriend had broken up with him for supporting Trump. Rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson shakes hands with rapper Lil Wayne after May weather Jr. defeats Miguel Cotton by unanimous decision in their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Getty/Al Bello.
Lil Wayne (né Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) also praised the president's Platinum Plan, which was unveiled earlier this month. “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump@potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” Lil Wayne said in his tweet.
Yahoo News White House Correspondent Hunter Walker reported that the Trump campaign sent a text message blast out to Black supporters about the meeting. The Platinum Plan, which is a proposal that the Trump administration revealed earlier this month, lists “pillars” of “opportunity, security, prosperity, fairness,” and promises to provide jobs and support for Black-owned businesses.
In addition to promising to “increase access to capital in black communities by almost $500 billion” over the next four years, the plan includes a proposal to make Juneteenth a national holiday. LilWayne's public support of Trump was met with mixed reactions online.
Amid the protests against police brutality over the summer, Lil Wayne expressed support for law enforcement, citing an incident when he was 12 and saved by a white cop.” “Besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” the rapper continued.
Several other prominent American rappers have previously endorsed Trump for president, including Kanye West, 50 Cent, and Lil Pump, though 50 Cent apparently backtracked his endorsement on Oct. 24 and West announced his own presidential bid on July 4. Little Wayne goes full coon: George Floyd’s death should be blamed on Black America, the artist said on Instagram Live with fellow hip-hop icon Fat Joe.
Lil Wayne performs at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands, in Dover, Del., June 16, 2018. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/InVision/AP, File)Sounds like Little Wayne is playing “blame the victim.” The rap artist was recently chatting with fellow hip-hop icon Fat Joe on Instagram Live about the murder of George Floyd and the protests.
During the session, Lil Wayne, 46, said Floyd’s tragic death would be blamed on Black America. “Uncut Gems” and “The Photograph” actor Namath Stanfield took to Instagram to scold Wayne, The Source reported.
By the time They Carter III was released in early June, “A Mill” had already become nothing short of a national phenomenon (artists from Jay-Z to Chris Brown to Ne-Yo had released underground freestyles over the record's track, giving the song legs) and the young and sexy “Lollipop” was a certified hit, becoming the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Wayne sold more than 1 million copies of his album in its first week of release and made it too easy for DJs on the radio and in the clubs during their sets.
Officer,” “You Ain't Got Nu thin,” “Mr. Carter” and “La La” went into rotation on the radio and the clubs, while tracks such as “Dr. Carter,” “Misunderstood” and “Tie My Hands” satisfied even the biggest Weezy skeptics. High critical praise, fan jubilation and accolades like the Daddy blog labeling the LP as “classic” matched the sales.
“When you talk about the rap category, it's a landslide,” XXL magazine's Bonus Thompson said. He out rapped and outperformed every other rap artist out there this year.
But can that magnetic arsenal be enough to put him over Radiohead, Ne-Yo, Coldplay and Robert Plant & Allison Krauts? He was really a rock star this year, from his attire to calling himself an alien.
If history is any guide to what will happen in 2009, his chances look to be between extremely difficult and impossible. There's a short list of MCs, including Nelly, MC Hammer and Eminem (twice), who have been nominated in that category.
The only rap acts to win a Grammy for Album of the Year have been Outcast for Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below and Lauryn Hill for her Miseducating LP. I think that when you have eight nominations in one sitting, it's obvious that you have to win something,” said radio personality Miss Info, whose Missing.TV has become one of the top hip-hop blogs.
“But the big cheese generally goes to people who don't have a face tattoo, so I'm kinda leaning towards no, even though he definitely deserves it. As a hip-hop fan, I've experienced years when Will Smith was the resident rap nominee.
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