Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge, Faces Prison Time

Lil Wayne Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge, Faces Prison Time


Lil Wayne has pled guilty in a federal firearm case.

According to documents from the United States Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan,
Southern District of Florida, obtained by XXL on Friday (Dec. 11), Weezy entered a guilty plea in federal court for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon after being arrested on the offense at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on Dec. 23, 2019.

At the time, Lil Wayne was a passenger on a private plane that made a stop in Florida before heading to California, which was the aircraft's final destination. An anonymous tip led officers to the airport in search of Wayne. During the incident, officers spoke with Wayne, who said there was a gun in his bag. Police secured a search warrant and discovered a gold-plated Remington 1911, .45-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition, personal use amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and oxycodone in the rapper's bag.

Lil Wayne was charged by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida on Nov. 17. Last month, his attorney, Howard Srebnick told XXL, "Carter is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage on a private plane. There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm."

According to a report from TMZ this afternoon, Lil Wayne supposedly agreed to the guilty plea in hopes that he will receive a lighter sentence as a result of him accepting responsibility for the crime.

Tunechi faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted because he has a prior felony gun charge conviction. Weezy pleaded guilty in 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree in New York City after being arrested in 2007, when a New York police officer caught him with a firearm upon boarding the rapper's tour bus. Wayne spent eight months in Rikers Island jail and was released in 2010.

Weezy's sentencing for the 2019 incident has been scheduled for Jan. 28, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition to the lauded MC pleading guilty today, a former manager of the rapper is suing Lil Wayne for $20 million in unpaid commissions.

XXL has reached out to the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, the United States Attorney's Officer Southern District of Florida Lil Wayne's attorney and his team for a comment on this matter.

See Every Album in Lil Wayne's Tha Carter Series Ranked

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5. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV (2011)

Following the success of Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne kept his rap brand buzzing with Tha Carter IV, arriving on Aug. 29, 2011. The album locked in another No. 1 position for Wayne at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. Before its release, Wayne remained prolific with a string of mixtapes and two subsequent albums: the rap-rock effort Rebirth and the underwhelming I Am Not a Human Being. For C4, production from T-Minus, Cool & Dre, Detail, and Bangladesh set the soundscape while T-Pain, Tech N9ne, André 3000 and Jadakiss, among others, are featured. Tunechi is at his best when he delivers quote-worthy punchlines on the Drake-assisted "She Will" and "6 Foot 7 Foot" featuring Cory Gunz. The Rick Ross-assisted "John" finds Wayne spitting lyrical fire over a bombastic beat similar to Rozay's "I'm Not a Star." On the acoustic guitar-driven "How to Love," Weezy, despite his novice singing abilities, shows his vulnerable side as he laments over a lost love. Although Tha Carter IV is not Lil Wayne's best output in the series, he's continued to be a multifaceted artist in the rap game with his subsequent projects.

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4. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V (2018)

After a seven-year delay due to his legal battle with Birdman, Lil Wayne finally dropped Tha Carter V on Sept. 28, 2018. The collection, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, brings Wayne back to the lyrical form that made his previous Carter outings a stellar listen. The LP begins on an emotional note with “I Love You Dwayne.” On the song, Wayne's mother, Jacida Carter (who's pictured on the album cover), delivers an encouraging message to her superstar son. From there, Weezy reflects on his past life struggles on “Don’t Cry,” which features a posthumous verse from the late XXXTentacion. On the Swizz Beatz-produced “Uproar,” the Young Money leader is both charming and menacing over a beat flip of G. Dep’s 2001 hit, "Special Delivery." Wayne ends the album with the introspective track “Let It All Work Out,” on which he raps candidly about surviving his childhood suicide attempt.The track is a powerful testimony from Wayne as he vividly describes pointing the gun to his chest and pulling the trigger. Thankfully, according to Weezy, his life was resuscitated with God’s help. “Yeah, thank God ’cause I'm still in this bitch,” he raps on the song. Although Tha Carter V is not his strongest effort in the series, the collection, with its all-star guest spots and talented producers, shows that Lil Wayne has staying power.

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3. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter (2004)

By the time Lil Wayne released his fourth album, Tha Carter, on June 29, 2004, he was firmly respected as a rap superstar. On the album, Weezy displays his confidence on the mic with legendary producer Mannie Fresh handling production duties on 18 of 21 tracks. On the club-ready bangers “Go D.J.” and “Bring It Back,” Wayne spit braggadocious bars about stacking cash, fake foes ("frontin' ’round here will get ya back chopped off") and crowning himself as "the best rapper alive since the best rapper retired." On the latter song, Wayne repeatedly spits that "best rapper alive" line in reference to Jay-Z retiring from rap to become the president of Def Jam. Elsewhere, he shows his vulnerability on the solemn ode “I Miss My Dawgs” and recalls his street hustling days on “On My Own.” With Tha Carter album, Lil Wayne elevated to a promising star in the rap game. The LP secured a No. 5 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time. His lasting star power emerges with this project.