Before Donald Trump officially departed the Oval Office earlier this week, the former US President granted clemency to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.
Wayne, who had publicly endorsed Trump in the 2020 presidential elections, had pleaded guilty to weapon possession while in Miami in December 2019. As a convicted felon, the rapper was facing ten years behind bars. He was granted a full pardon.
Meanwhile, Trump granted Kodak a commutation. In November 2019, the Florida rapper was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison after pleading guilty to weapon charges. However, Kodak could still face potential jail time after he was charged for sexual assault, Billboard reported.
Wayne and Kodak were among the 143 people who were granted presidential clemency. According to CNN, Trump also issued last-minute pardons to Death Row Records co-founder Michael Harris, as well as former chief strategist and alt-right platform Breitbart co-founder Steve Bannon.
After news broke, Weezy thanked the former President for “recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community.” He also thanked his lawyer Bradford Cohen for assisting him throughout the ordeal. “Love!” the rapper tweeted.
Kodak also expressed gratitude to Trump on social media: “I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing.”
Wayne also marked his presidential pardon with the release of a new song, “Ain’t Got Time.”