Lil Wayne begins his one-year jail term tomorrow, but he was able to squeeze in a performance at the Grammys, adding vocals to “We Are The World,” the release of Rebirth and the premiere of Kevin Rudolf’s music video for “I Made It” before shipping off to the clink. The Rudolf clip—which also features Birdman and Jay Sean—is hardly groundbreaking, though it does feature the Cash Money crew all wearing smiles and looking like they’re having a good time.
The end of the video bears the slogan “Cash Money Records Established 1990: We Made It.” Despite the upbeat attitude and current success of the label, you can’t help but wonder how Weezy’s impending stint in prison—and his absence over the next year—will ultimately affect everyone involved.
“Lil Wayne is gonna be OK,” retired NYPD detective and noted “hip-hop cop” Derrick Parker told MTV News. “While he’s in jail, it’s a matter of fact they may not put him with the general population because of who he is and his popularity. They might lock him down and let him come out with a supervisor and stuff like that [when he's] in the main area—but he’s definitely going to be treated differently.”
As for Kevin Rudolf, so far there’s no official title or release date for his sophomore album. Maybe he’ll just wait till Weez’s own release…from the slammer.