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article imageLil Wayne Goes to Prison at Peak of His Career

By Leo Reyes     Dec 30, 2009 in Entertainment
Popular American rapper Lil Wayne is prison-bound at the peak of his career after pleading guilty of a crime that will require him to serve at least one year behind bars.
The 27-year old popular American rapper is going to serve a year behind bars for illegal possession of weapons and will be sentenced February 9.
Before serving his term, Lil Wayne came back to his native New Orleans to do a concert for his hometown fans in what he calls his farewell tour.
"I'm nothing without you," he told the screaming crowd Monday at the New Orleans Arena after opening the concert with "A Milli," which last year earned him a Grammy for best rap solo.
The charge stemmed from a 2007 traffic stop of his tour bus in New York when authorities said they smelled marijuana, and as they approached, he tossed aside a bag with a loaded .40-caliber handgun.
In a separate case, he also faces trial in March on felony drug possession and weapons charges in Yuma County, Ariz. More recently, he had to postpone a show one day after authorities stopped two of his buses in Texas and found marijuana. The case has been referred to the sheriff's office.
Some of those at Monday's concert said they were disappointed with the rapper's legal troubles.
"It's kinda sad, the stereotype and that he fell into it," said 19-year-old Lee Farrell of New Orleans.
Lil Wayne is set to follow some of rap music's biggest names — from Tupac Shakur, Lil' Kim, Beanie Sigel and Shyne to New Orleans natives Mystikal and C-Murder — who have served a few months to several years behind bars for crimes committed after they became famous.
Corey "C-Murder" Miller was convicted earlier this year of second-degree murder for the 2002 shooting of a fan during a nightclub brawl. He was sentenced to life in prison.
T.I. reported to a federal prison in May for his conviction on weapons charges. He is expected to serve a year and a day.
Lil Wayne was born September 27, 1982 in New Orleans. He has four children from four different women.
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