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Lil Wayne & Kodak Black Thank Trump After Receiving Last-Minute Pardons

Lil Wayne and Kodak Black
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Lil Wayne and Kodak Black

Lil Wayne and Kodak Black showed their gratitude to former President Donald Trump after he included them in his pardoning spree Jan. 19 in one of his final acts before leaving office.

Lil Wayne (real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a loaded weapon on a private jet while traveling to Miami in December 2020. Carter is a convicted felon, stemming from a gun charge in 2007, which meant he was looking at 10 years in prison at his Jan. 28 sentencing.

Ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Wayne endorsed Trump for president and co-signed his "Platinum Plan" for the Black community, which led skeptics to believe it was all a tactic to receive a pardon. But Bradford Cohen, the lawyer who helped set up Trump's meeting with Lil Wayne, denied the speculation in an interview with The New York Times.

"I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!" Weezy wrote Wednesday (Jan. 21) while signing off with his legal name.

Kodak Black (real name Bill Kahan Kapri) was in federal prison after pleading guilty to a firearms possession charge after being detained at the Canadian-American border in March 2020. Like Wayne, he took to Twitter to thank Trump for commuting his 46-month sentence.

"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," he wrote on Thursday, later tagging Dan Scavino, the former White House deputy chief of staff for communications and director of social media under the Trump administration. "It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing."

But he's not totally in the clear yet: The 23-year-old rapper still faces potential prison time after he was indicted on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after allegedly forcing himself onto a woman, and at one point biting her neck and breast, in a hotel room in February 2016.

Prosecutors in South Carolina plan on "aggressively" going after Black on this case, Ed Clements, the 12th Circuit Solicitor in Florence County, told TMZIf convicted, he could face 30 years in state prison.