1. Headline
  1. Headline
Image: Lil Wayne
Patrick Semansky  /  AP file
Lil Wayne is serving a yearlong sentence after pleading guilty to a 2007 gun charge.
updated 5/13/2010 1:25:04 PM ET 2010-05-13T17:25:04

Lil Wayne's efforts to keep up the beat behind bars have gotten him in trouble in jail, an official said Thursday.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper faces potential discipline after jail officers found a charger and headphones for a digital music player stashed in a potato chip bag in his cell Monday, city Correction Department spokesman Stephen Morello said. Lil Wayne is serving a yearlong sentence after pleading guilty to a gun charge.

The items are considered contraband, as inmates can listen to music only on radios and headphones sold at the jail commissary. Lil Wayne's lawyer, Stacey Richman, had no immediate comment Thursday.

Officers said the music player itself turned up in another inmate's nearby cell. Both men were charged with infractions that aren't crimes and will be subject to a jail disciplinary process, not a court. Punishments can include being segregated from other inmates.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

Lil Wayne began serving his term in March in the city's Rikers Island jail complex. He pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he had a loaded semiautomatic gun on his bus in 2007.

The 27-year-old rapper hasn't had any previous disciplinary problems in jail, where he works as an "inmate observation aide," Morello said. The job entails engaging with other inmates deemed at risk of suicide.

Born Dwayne Carter, Lil Wayne had the best-selling album of 2008 with "Tha Carter III," which won a best rap album Grammy.

As he faced incarceration with his career in high gear, he pledged to keep music on his mind while doing time.

"I'll have an iPod, and I'll make sure they keep sending me beats," he told Rolling Stone for a February story. "I'll be still rapping in there, have a gang of raps ready when I come home."

With good behavior, he could be released as early as November.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Getty Images

    Jenna Bush Hager, celebs remember Oscar de la Renta with adoration

    10/21/2014 1:36:20 PM +00:00 2014-10-21T13:36:20
  1. Ebola outbreak: West Africans must arrive at 5 US airports

    All travelers from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa must pass through one of five major U.S. airports with heightened entry screening before entering the country, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

    10/21/2014 4:22:36 PM +00:00 2014-10-21T16:22:36
  1. Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

    Best baby-bump style? Blake Lively stuns again on red carpet

    10/21/2014 3:32:04 PM +00:00 2014-10-21T15:32:04
  1. Andrew Nelles / AP

    Obama plays it cool when man tells him not to touch his girlfriend

    10/21/2014 4:12:38 PM +00:00 2014-10-21T16:12:38
  1. Car owners warned about exploding air bags

    video The federal government is urging nearly 5 million people to get the air bags in their cars repaired because they pose a potentially deadly risk in the event of an accident. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

    10/21/2014 11:36:09 AM +00:00 2014-10-21T11:36:09