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Weezy's Way


Tense times for the True Crime desk last weekend. Late Saturday afternoon, an urgent call came over the wires from a concerned parent. The subject: Dwayne Michael Carter, aka Lil' Wayne, the rap artist called "the hottest" by a panel from MTV. The caller: my uncle. The problem: His daughter, my cousin, was en route to Lil' Wayne's concert in Eugene, Ore. that night, which had been billed as the "Gods of Hip-Hop" tour. The problem: Because one of The Gods was cooling it in the Ada County lockup, the concert was going to be a fair bit shorter than planned.

Bad times, fo' shizzle. Word is that unhappy callers bombarded the Ada County jail, upset that Weezy (one of his many nicknames) was in the clink when he really ought to be out rocking it. Word from one hip-hop Web site is that angry fans weren't nice to the other Gods of Hip-Hop who tried to fill in the gap, nor were they pleasant to host Charlie Murphy.

"Murphy threw his microphone down and angrily exited the stage after 20 minutes of tormenting, while Fat Joe was subjected to cries of 'Weezy' during his set, which lasted a little longer than Murphy's performance," reported a blogger on The True Crime desk is reasonably certain his cousin had nothing to do with that.

How'd we get here? Apparently, the trouble started, as it did for so many rockers before Carter, in Georgia. Fulton County authorities had a warrant out for Carter's arrest after an incident in August 2006. After a cleaning lady reported finding marijuana in Carter's hotel room, officers searched the place and charged Carter with possession of marijuana and more than 100 Xanax and hydrocodone pills.

Somewhere along the way, and his lawyers say this is a misunderstanding, Carter missed some court dates, and before you know it, the Fulton County law enforcement had a "no-bond warrant" out for him. What this meant to the Boise Police Department was, if you get this guy, don't let him go.

"The Boise Police Department's job was to arrest him and take him to jail," said Lynn Hightower, spokeswoman for the BPD. Which they did, but not before he'd finished his Boise concert.

Hightower said this was not done because the detectives were fans.

"The officers thought, they knew where he was, he's not going anywhere," Hightower said. "Certainly there were a lot of people who paid to see the concert." Tell that to my cousin and her fellow fans in Oregon.

Word is Carter was nice to everybody doing the cuffing and stuffing.

But somewhere in there, someone got something done to make that no-bond warrant more like a promissory note; Carter was bonded out Saturday evening, to the tune of $10,000.

"I tracked down the warrant and worked on getting the situation explained to the court," Wayne's lawyer, Stacey Richman, told MTV. "He's never missed a court date or any professional obligation. That's why Wayne is so bankable."

As far as the hydrocodone thing, we understand. Apparently, after spending a few hours in the Ada County lockup, Carter was sent to the medical unit complaining of a headache. No word on whether that's to be blamed on Carter's particular line of work, which necessarily involves regularly standing, for hours, in front of towers of speakers and subwoofers slamming out major bass lines.

"By all accounts he was easy to deal with and cooperated fully," said Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden.