New York - Lil Wayne the 27-year-old Grammy Award winning singer is now a working jailbird. His new job, as a suicide watcher at Rikers Island, a maximum-security prison in New York, earns him 50 cents an hour. That’s about $1,000 per year, slightly less than the 42 million dollars he earned last year. According to his ex-girlfriend and mother of his 11 year-old daughter, Antonia 'Toya' Johnson "Wayne has a job. They got him on suicide watch for other prisoners. He watches the crazy prisoners and makes sure they don't kill themselves. He likes the job, even though they don't pay him much. It's probably the best job you can have in the jail. It's the highest paying job in there."
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As a suicide watcher Lil Wayne keeps an eye on despondent fellow inmates who have suicidal tendencies. The job may offer him ideas for new music while he serves out his one year for illegal gun possession.
Lil Wayne started his prison term last month, which was his punishment for tossing aside a bag with a loaded .40-caliber handgun during a 2007 traffic stop in New York of his tour bus which smelled of marijuana,
Lil Wayne, who has promised to keep working on his music while behind bars, had already said goodbye to his fans during recent concerts and in an online video messages.
Life does not stand still and while Wayne adjusts to prison life, his friend DJ Scoob Doo announced a new documentary Road 2 Rikers , which will feature candid footage from Lil Wayne's last days of freedom. "You [can] just imagine what I [filmed], being with the team, and being with Wayne on his countdown to jail,”
With good behavior, he may be released in November.