Hip hop artist Lil Wayne’s personal journal from his eight-month prison stint will finally be published this October, four years after the book was first announced.
Gone ’Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island documents the rapper’s time in the New York prison after being convicted of gun possession charges in 2010, reported Rolling Stone.
A representative for Penguin Books, who will publish the title through their Plume imprint, said Gone ‘Til November was “taken directly from Wayne’s own journal” without the aid of a co-writer. The book “reveals the true story of what happened while he was at Rikers Island, exploring everything from his daily rituals to his interactions with other inmates to how he was able to keep himself motivated and grateful”.
While serving his prison sentence, Wayne maintained a website – Weezy Thanx You – where the rapper kept fans abreast of his daily life behind bars. “I wake up around 11am,” Wayne wrote in one post. “Have some coffee. Call my kids, and my wonderful mother. I then shower up. Read fan mail. Have lunch. Get back on the phone. Read a book or write some thoughts down. Have dinner. Phone. Push-ups. Then I listen to ESPN on the radio. Read the Bible, then sleep. That’s my day.”
Gone ’Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island was originally announced in January 2012, with Grand Central Publishing scheduled to print in November of that year. Instead, Plume will publish Wayne’s book on October 11.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2016.
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