Donald Trump Pardons Lil Wayne | 22 Words

On Donald Trump's final full day in office, he has issued more than seventy pardons and commutations, including one for rapper Lil Wayne...

But why exactly does the star need to be pardoned? Scroll on to find out...

Now, Joe Biden's inauguration is just hours away...

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And for many, this is a moment that can't come quick enough.

Although, there will be 1 person who believes it can...

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Trump, of course.

It seems he is not yet ready to take the step back...

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As upon reaching his final full day in office, Trump pardoned more than seventy people, including one famous face.

... Lil Wayne.

Now, Lil Wayne was born as Dwayne Michael Carter in New Orleans.

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The aspiring rapper rose to fame after he caught the eye of Cash Money Records head, Bryan Williams. Of course, he soon became a member of the coveted record label.

The label has been home to some of hip hop's biggest names.

Including the likes of Drake, Jay Sean, and Nicki Minaj.

Artists signed to Cash Money have been unbelievably successful.

So much so, that the slew of artists signed to Cash Money Records have achieved a combined twelve number-one albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 7 number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lil Wayne’s first solo LP, Tha Block Is Hot, arrived in 1999.

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The album was a smash hit and sold more than a million copies.

Sadly, his follow-up work didn't do quite as well...

Lights Out, released in 2000 and 500 Degreez, released in 2002, didn't fare quite as well with fans.

However, Lil Wayne had a second wave of success the following year...

Da Drought, his first solo mixtape, kick-started a whole new avenue for the star.

And in 2004...

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His album, Tha Carter, dropped. The acclaimed album peaked at slot 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as giving us the hit single "Go D.J."

Following the release of Tha Carter, Lil Wayne truly came into his own as a hip hop artist...

And he attracted wider attention for his guest appearances on tracks, including "Soldier" by Destiny’s Child and built up a reputation in the world of rap.

So it's safe to say that, after this point, there was no stopping the star.

Lil Wayne released Tha Carter II in 2005, which was met with praise from both fans and critics. The album flew off the shelves - selling more than one million copies.

And that's not all...

In 2008 more than a million copies of Tha Carter III,  which contained the hit singles “A Milli" and “Lollipop," were sold in its initial week of release in the States. It didn't take long for it to become the country’s best-selling album of the year.

It also made him an award-winning artist.

In February 2009, he took home Grammy Awards for best rap album, best rap song, best rap solo performance, and best rap performance by a duo or group. Phew!

The star hasn't been far from trouble, however.

Later in 2009, Lil Wayne had a brush with the law, pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

The charge stemmed from an incident that took place in 2007...

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In which a loaded gun was found on his tour bus.

The star served 8 months of a 1-year sentence behind bars for the offense.

Although, jail didn't stop him from releasing music. The rapper dropped I Am Not a Human Being in 2010 while still behind bars.

Now, Wayne is currently facing 10 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to illegally carrying a handgun.

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He was found carrying a loaded, gold-plated handgun while traveling to Florida on a private plane in 2019.

But it seems that his jail time has been dropped.

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As he was on Trump's list of over seventy people to be pardoned.

This news comes after the rapper surprised people last year when he decided to announce to his fans that he endorsed President Donald Trump.

He wrote in a unexpected tweet:

"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. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done."

The rapper's sentencing hearing had been scheduled for January 28th.

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Trump had already issued a whole host of pardons in his final month in office.

But, Wayne's pardon was one of many made by Trump on his final full day in office.

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Among Wayne was former White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon and ex-Uber and Google self-driving-car engineer, Anthony Levandowsk.

Trump also commuted the sentences of an additional seventy people.

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