Gone 'Til November by Lil Wayne
A Journal of Rikers Island

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In the end, Lil Wayne learns that his creativity and spirit cannot be taken from him even when his liberty can. It's a powerful lesson that came at a high price. But one comes away from this journal feeling that it was a price worth paying.
-NY Journal of Books

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“Transfixing…[Wayne’s] prison diary is, above all, a testament to the irrepressibility of his charisma—his is a force that can never go dormant, even when it’s not plainly on display.” –The New Yorker

From rap superstar Lil Wayne comes the long-awaited Gone ’Til November, a deeply personal and revealing account of his time spent incarcerated on Rikers Island for eight months in 2010.

Named a Rolling Stone must read for Fall 2016.

In 2010, recording artist Lil Wayne was at the height of his career. A fixture in the rap game for more than a decade, Lil Wayne (aka Weezy) had established himself as both a prolific musician and a savvy businessman, smashing long-held industry records, winning multiple Grammy Awards, and signing up-and-coming talent like Drake and Nicki Minaj to his Young Money label. All of this momentum came to a halt when he was convicted of possession of a firearm and sentenced to a yearlong stay at Rikers Island. Suddenly, the artist at the top of his game was now an inmate at the mercy of the American penal system. At long last, Gone ’Til November reveals the true story of what really happened while Wayne was behind bars, exploring everything from his daily rituals to his interactions with other inmates to how he was able to keep himself motivated and grateful. Taken directly from Wayne’s own journal, this intimate, personal account of his incarceration is an utterly humane look at the man behind the artist.


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About Lil Wayne

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Lil Wayne is a multi-platinum recording artist and the founder of the Young Money Entertainment imprint of Cash Money Records. He was first signed to Cash Money Records at the age of fourteen and has been releasing chart-topping music ever since. As an artist, Wayne is prolific, having released 11 studio albums, three compilation albums and 20 mixtapes in the course of his nearly two-decade career. Lil Wayne is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time, selling millions of albums worldwide, and he has also received great critical success, including four Grammy Awards and 10 BET Awards. He has collaborated with countless artists including Jay-Z, Kanye, Eminem, Madonna, T.I. and T-Pain, and is responsible for launching the careers of Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Author Residence: Miami

Author Hometown: New Orleans
 
Published October 11, 2016 by Plume. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Christopher Zoukis on Nov 07 2016

In the end, Lil Wayne learns that his creativity and spirit cannot be taken from him even when his liberty can. It's a powerful lesson that came at a high price. But one comes away from this journal feeling that it was a price worth paying.

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Below average
Reviewed by Baz Dreisinger on Oct 07 2016

...flimsy account of eight months incarcerated...“Gone ‘Til November,” is a flagrant missed opportunity, landing at a moment when mass incarceration is at the forefront of U.S. civil rights discourse...

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