By Chris Yuscavage
It's only been eight months, but it seems like Lil Wayne has been in prison for a long time, doesn't it?
As RapFix pointed out yesterday, Young Money's leading man has missed the dramatic transformation of Nicki Minaj, the comeback of Kanye West, the rise of Waka Flocka Flame and the debut of Drake thanks to the prison sentence that he's been serving at New York's Riker's Island facility. But Weezy hasn't squandered his time.
Aside from the personal growth we know he's gained during his time away, Wayne has also managed to do some really great things for his career despite his position since March. To demonstrate this point, RapFix gathered a list of the 10 things Wayne's accomplished from behind the Riker's Island walls. By the looks of things, Birdman, Drake, Nicki and the rest of the crew will be celebrating more than just Wayne's release later this week.
1. He released a chart-topping album
How in the hell did he ... ? Yeah, that was our response, too. Though he'd been gone for more than five months at the time, Weezy released I Am Not A Human Being—an album featuring 10 brand new tracks—at the end of September. He's sold more than 250,000 copies of the album so far and landed at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. Out of this world, huh?
2. He increased the buzz for Tha Carter IV
Originally, Cash Money/Young Money was going to release Tha Carter IV shortly after Wayne got out of jail (or, at least, that's was they said they were going to do). However, thanks to the success of I Am Not A Human Being as well as the success of Drake and Nicki Minaj, it sounds like he'll have plenty of time to build even more buzz around himself before he drops his next album. Shooting to sell another mill, huh, Wayne? Read More...