Donald Trump given pardons to rap artists Lil Wayne and Kodak Black on Tuesday night as part of a last-minute spree that saw Trump issue clemency to numerous political allies on his final complete day in office.
Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, pleaded guilty on a federal weapons charge in 2015 and received a complete pardon. Kodak Black, whose genuine name is Expense Kapri, received a commutation after being charged in 2019 with falsifying info on federal forms to purchase firearms.
Bradford Cohen, the lawyer for both rappers, verified to Rolling Stone that both rap artists were granted clemency. “President Trump and his administration have been tireless supporters on behalf of the African-American neighborhood,” Cohen tells Rolling Stone.
Last November, Carter was charged with one count of possessing a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. He had formerly pleaded guilty to a felony weapon charge in New York in 2009 and was eventually sentenced to a year in prison.
In December, Carter pleaded guilty to the federal charge and his sentencing hearing was arranged to take place January 28 th. While the charge might’ve landed the rapper in jail for approximately 10 years, lots of expected the plea offer to come with a much lighter sentence that might not consist of any prison time.
Throughout all of this, there was speculation that Carter was angling for a pardon after he all of a sudden shared a photo on Twitter of himself and Trump in the last days of the 2020 presidential campaign. The image didn’t consist of an official recommendation, he praised Trump’s work on “criminal reform” as well as his so-called “Platinum Plan” to help black commu