By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Rahman Dukes and Jayson Rodriguez
11:33 Young Money insider posts first photo of a free Lil Wayne, while Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine and Cortez Bryant share their thoughts. "FREE AT LAST!" Bryant tweeted. "Ya heard me yea!"
10:47 Young Money/Cash Money crew spotted entering Manhattan hotel.
8:35 A spokesperson for inmate information at Rikers Island confirmed to MTV News that Lil Wayne has been discharged. We are currently tailing a Department of Corrections bus headed into Manhattan.
8:00 A caravan of some eight vehicle (Maybachs, Phantoms and Escalades) left a Manhattan hotel where other members of the Young Money/Cash Money camp -- including Nicki Minaj -- have been spotted.
Lil Wayne had been scheduled to be released early Thursday morning (November 4) after an eight month sentence stemming from a 2007 gun arrest after a concert at Manhattan's Beacon Theater.
"Between the hours of 1 - 2 a.m. ... WEEZY IS COMING HOME," Drake tweeted. Sources close to Wayne had also maintained that the rapper will be released early Thursday.
MTV News was one the scene outside Rikers Island, delivering up-to-the-minute coverage of Lil Wayne's release throughout the night, and into this morning.
7:20 Most of the reporters and paparazzi have long since left, along with all of the fans who showed up to welcome Weezy home. After we were told "He's not getting out tonight," most stayed, but by now have long since left.
Another guard said, "Not today. Maybe tomorrow. But definitely not today".
Then he called over another guard to corroborate his story.
For now, we're going to continue to wait. When Wayne does actually get out, we want to be here.
6:07 "I'm here until ... he gets out," on rain-soaked fan, Alex Cirio, told us. "I'm here."