The rapper had an important gig behind bars
Lil Wayne revealed he worked as a suicide prevention aide while incarcerated at Rikers Island in 2010.
The rapper spent nearly a year in the infamous New York prison complex for possession of a firearm. And although he could have simply served his time in peace, the 34-year-old instead looked after troubled and unstable inmates.
The star noted in his memoir Gone ‘Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island: “The job is basically to monitor the top tier [of the jail] for an eight-hour shift and if someone wants to hang up (meaning to kill themselves), to not negotiate with them or try to talk to them out of it, but just to alert and officer.”
The Sucker for Pain rapper talked about his compensation and how it largely depended on a crucial factor, adding: “You get paid $50 if you stop the person from actually hanging themselves and $25 if you find them hung up. Yeah, it’s that real.”
However, not all was fun and games for the musician. Although the compensation was fair for prison standards, the gig only lasted a brief period as he wanted to focus more on himself.
The news comes after a shocking announcement he made on Twitter last month in which he hinted at a possible retirement. The rapper admitted to feel defeated and quite possibly “done,” although he has not gotten more specific.
He wrote: “I am now defenseless and mentally defeated & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun. ain’t lookin for sympathy, just serenity … I’m good y’all don’t trip.”