Lil Wayne has thanked former President Donald Trump for giving him another chance and for recognizing that he is someone with a lot to contribute to his community.
The rapper, real name Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., was facing up to 10 years in prison on a federal weapons charge. However, he got a massive reprieve when Trump granted him a pardon on his last day in office. Lil Wayne also thanked lawyer Bradford Cohen for facilitating the pardon
Writing on social media platform Twitter on Thursday, Lil Wayne posted.
I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen
for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!
– Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
Cohen said he was happy to assist and emphasized that non-violent offenders should not have their second amendment rights to bear firearms limited when they have served their time.
“It was my pleasure. This pardon was appropriate and should send a message that non-violent felony offenders should have their 2a right restored after serving their time. #justicereform #prisonreform, said Cohen.
Trump’s pardon cleared away the December 2019 federal weapons charges that Lil Wayne was facing. The rapper was facing the possibility of 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Following his pardon, Wayne dropped a new song called “Ain’t Got Time.” In the song, the rapper references his arrest and questions why the Federal Bureau of Investigations came after him.
“The feds, they hot on us, 100 on the thermometer / They raided my private plane, got one that’s more privater,” he raps, later adding, “FBI arrest me, why?”