CELEBRITYACCESS EXCLUSIVE: BOULDER, CO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — CelebrityAccess exclusively reveals that urban music’s most celebrated rapper Lil Wayne will tour America from February to April in the New Year.
“We should be putting up an announcement before the end of the year,” says Cortez Bryant, CEO of Bryant Management which manages Lil Wayne, Drake and Lil Twist. “He will probably be out for the rest of the year once we start, all over the world. That’s the plan. I don’t know if it’s going to happen, but that’s the plan.
The colorful New Orleans’ rapper was released November 4, 2010 from New York’s infamous Rikers Island jail complex after serving 8 months in a gun case. He is the first artist in 15 years to release a #1 album–"I Am Not a Human Being"–on the Billboard 200 chart while serving a sentence.
Prior to jail, Lil Wayne reportedly grossed over $50 million in 2009.
Bryant also reveals that Lil Wayne is busy working on the follow-up to 2008’s "Tha Carter III” which sold 3.5 million units and won Grammy Awards for best-selling album of year, and best rap album.
“The only thing we are concentrating on right now is Carter IV,” says Bryant. So he’s recording. We are making progress. We are looking forward to a release some time next year. I just want to stay focused on that. Coming soon.
In October, 2009, Lil Wayne pled guilty to having a loaded gun on his tour bus after a Manhattan concert in 2007. He began serving his one-year sentence in March, 2010.
While Lil Wayne was in Rikers, a plea deal was reached for the 2008 arrest. He was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation and no jail time due to the deal, which had him plead guilty to one count of possession of a dangerous drug in exchange for the dismissal of other drug and weapons charges.
In January 2008, Lil Wayne’s tour bus was stopped at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint outside Yuma, Arizona. A search yielded marijuana, cocaine, and Ecstasy. Officials also found a .40 caliber pistol registered to Lil Wayne who had a concealed weapons permit in Florida. Felony drugs and weapons charges were filed against him.
Following jail, Lil Wayne has quickly returned to business. He immediately began recording at The Hit Factory studio in Miami. He returned to the concert stage in Las Vegas on Nov. 6, 2010 at Drake’s final show of his U.S. tour Wayne performed “Miss Me” with his surprised protégé.
The fans went wild to see Wayne stepping out and rapping about his return.
For more information read this week’s In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc with Cortez Bryant, CEO of Bryant Management.
— Larry LeBlanc