Lil Wayne has a new job. The rapper, presently serving a one-year jail sentence, has picked up a gig at his Rikers Island prison, observing suicidal inmates.
"He likes the job even though they don't pay him much," Antonia "Toya" Jackson, the mother of one of Weezy's children, told Us Weekly. "They got him on suicide watch for other prisoners. He watches the crazy prisoners and makes sure they don't kill themselves."
This is certainly a change of pace for Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, one of hip-hop's strangest stars. Clearly, we mustn't be fooled by the 27-year-old's goblin grin – he is also a hit-maker, a businessman, and serious-minded enough to care for his fellow inmates.
Though Lil Wayne clearly doesn't need the money, he can certainly use the distraction. A man cannot live by blog alone. Furthermore, a job may help him to secure an early release.
While Lil Wayne busies himself on the inside, life goes on for his friends and colleagues. A new documentary has been announced, directed by the rapper's pal DJ Scoob Doo. Road 2 Rikers will feature candid footage from Lil Wayne's last days of freedom. "You [can] just imagine what I [filmed], being with the team, and being with Wayne on his countdown to jail," Doo told XXL. He hopes to air the film on US television network HBO.
According to Jackson, Lil Wayne is "adjusting well" to life behind bars, and hasn't had trouble with his fellow inmates. So far, he has even kept his trademark dreadlocks. Then again, he hasn't been there long. Lil Wayne was jailed just last month, on gun charges. With good behaviour, he may be released in November.