Lil Wayne and Kodak Black have been pardoned by US President Donald Trump on his last day in office.
On Wednesday (Jan. 20), the rappers were among 140 persons who were officially granted clemency by Trump as part of a last-minute wave of pardons and commutations during the president’s final hours in office.
Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as ‘Lil Wayne’ and “Weezy”, was facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm while travelling on a private plane in December 2019.
The rapper met with Trump during a campaign stop in October and tweeted his support for the president’s criminal justice reform efforts.
Kodak Black, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, had been serving a 46-month sentence in a Kentucky federal prison for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm. In November, the “Tunnel Vision” rapper publicly pleaded with the president to free him in advance of his August 2022 release date. In return, he promised to donate $1 million to charity.