With his latest effort, I Am Not A Human Being pushing 323,000 copies since its release on September 27, rapper Lil Wayne has become the first artist since the late Tupac Shakur to have an album top the Billboard charts while incarcerated.
According to Billboard, the accomplishment marks the first time a rapper has completed the feat, since the release of Pac’s, Me Against the World in 1995.
Being able to hit those numbers and be mentioned in the same company as Mr. Shakur was an outstanding feat that didn’t come easy according to Cash Money CEO, Bryan “Birdman” Williams.
It was all a part of a well thought out strategy to keep Wayne visible during his incarceration by his team of supporters including Cash Money Records, Young Money Records and Lil Wayne’s management team.
“The challenge was to make sure you feel like he never left,” Williams said. “We came with a good strategy, and it worked.”
Wayne, who is currently finishing an eight-month prison sentence on Riker’s Island, is scheduled to be released on Thursday (November 4).
Upon his release, Weezy is planning to release The Carter IV in addition to publishing his memoirs, which he penned while he was incarcerated.
According to reports, Weezy will have a coming home concert November 5 at “an undisclosed location.”
Lil Wayne is currently serving time for illegal weapons possession.