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As Lil Wayne prepares for incarceration, we look back at 2009 interview with Katie Couric.
Dwayne Carter, popularly known as the multi-platinum selling artist ‘Lil Wayne,’ is putting on hold a career that made him one of today's biggest music merchants.
The Grammy-award winning artist, whose "Tha Carter III" was the top selling album of 2008—and whose "Rebirth” album released only last month is currently at the top ten of the Billboards album charts—has started his year-long incarceration today, Tuesday, March 2, 2010.
The 27-year-old rapper pleaded guilty in October 2009 after being hauled to court by authorities for criminal possession of a weapon.
A loaded gun was found on the artist's tour bus in July 2007.
Lil Wayne, who accidentally shot himself when he was 12-years-old, and who once told interviewer Katie Couric, “I’m a gangsta,” has been rapping since his teens.
He is but one in a growing line of celebrities serving jail time.
Lil Wayne is the latest celebrity inmate to test US law enforcement officials’ ability to draw the line between providing special treatment and recognizing potential risks to high profile convicts.
The rapper’s defense lawyer, Stacey Richman, had asked for protective custody for Lil Wayne, as well as a request for attention to dental problems the rapper had that postponed his sentencing for two weeks.