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Rapper Lil’ Wayne Released From New York Jail

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Lil Wayne in Solitary Confinement Until Jail Sentence Ends

Rapper Lil Wayne sentenced to jail for having a loaded gun on his tour bus, New York (AP)

…and he’s ready to party!

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) - Lil’ Wayne has been freed from jail after serving eight months in a gun case, and he’s planning to party this weekend in  Miami.

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The city’s Department of Correction website said Thursday the Grammy Award-winning rap star, whose career  has remained unscathed during his jail time,  had been released today from the Rikers Island jail complex.

“FREE AT LAST!!!!!!!” the rapper’s longtime manager, Cortez Bryant, tweeted Thursday morning.

So what will the rapper be doing to ring in his new found freedom?

His managers have said he planned to head for his home in Miami, where a welcome-home party  is  planned for Sunday.

Lil’ Wayne didn’t let his new digs get the best of him. “I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation” behind bars, Lil’ Wayne said Tuesday through Weezythanxyou.com, a website he set up to give fans a glimpse of his life in jail.

Lil’ Wayne, who had the best-selling album of 2008 and won a best rap album Grammy with “Tha Carter III,” kept his career in high gear while locked up for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007.

His latest album, “I Am Not a Human Being,” released while he was in solitary confinement in September. hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart last month. He also was featured on a string of hits by other artists, including Drake and Eminem, that came out while he was incarcerated. He also recorded a verse for the Drake/Jay-Z collaboration “Light Up”  on the phone for a “Rikers Remix” that made the rounds online.

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