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Prison helped Lil Wayne’s creativity to flourish, he writes in prison memoir

By | Published on Tuesday 27 September 2016

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne is set to publish his long-awaited prison memoir, ‘Gone Til November’, next month, featuring excerpts from his journal written while serving an eight month sentence for illegal gun possession back in 2010.

One of the lessons he learned while locked up was about creativity, finding being cut off from the world a surprisingly fertile time for songwriting.

“I always thought I needed things like being high with my niggas, a Bugatti, a dope-ass crib or some big-booty bitches to be creative”, he writes, according to The New York Post. “But once it was taken away from me, my creativity was put to the ultimate test”.

That creativity didn’t just stretch to new lyrics either. While inside, he oversaw the marriage of two inmates, finding himself tasked with providing decorations for the ceremony to the best of his improvised ability with what was available.

“Imagine seeing grown-ass men in jail hanging tissue for wedding decorations”, he says. “AND one of them is Lil Wayne. Crazy”.

I’m imagining it now. So crazy. And the crazy creativity didn’t end there – the nuptials were toasted with thirteen bottles of Gatorade.

“Gatorade is liquid gold in this bitch”, he notes.

The book is out on 11 Oct.