NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. rapper Lil Wayne was released from jail in New York City on Thursday after serving eight months of a one year sentence stemming from a 2007 gun possession charge.
Lil Wayne, 28, whose real name is Dwayne Carter and who also goes by the moniker “Weezy,” was transferred from Rikers Island jail to an undisclosed location where he was released, a spokesman for New York City Department of Correction said.
While in jail, the rapper released “I Am Not a Human Being,” which last month topped the Billboard 200 chart. His album “Tha Carter III” was the biggest-selling U.S. release of 2008 and won him four Grammy Awards in 2009.
Lil Wayne pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon after a plea agreement in which Carter gave up his right to appeal over a case in which a gun was found in his tour bus in July 2007.
While in jail, Lil Wayne got in trouble for having parts of an MP3 player and had to spend a month in “punitive segregation,” the Department of Correction spokesman said.
Rapper and Cash Money records co-founder Bryan “Birdman” Williams has planned a homecoming party for Lil Wayne in Miami on Sunday.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols; editing by Jill Serjeant