Lil' Wayne Shoots Video In Former Jail
Rapper Lil' Wayne shot a music video at the closed 108-year-old Ohio State Reformatory, which has become a popular backdrop for videos and movies. About 30 teens showed up Tuesday for a glimpse of theRapper Lil' Wayne shot a music video at the closed 108-year-old Ohio State Reformatory, which has become a popular backdrop for videos and movies. About 30 teens showed up Tuesday for a glimpse of the 21-year-old rapper during the shoot for the song "Go DJ" from his Cash Money album "Tha Carter."
"Tha Carter" debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The Mansfield (Ohio) Reformatory Preservation Society charged Lil' Wayne about $2,000 for the use of the west cellblock, which has five tiers and 250 cells. The group needs $10 million to $20 million to renovate the site, society administrator Ed Meehin said.
The prison was used in the filming of 1994's "The Shawshank Redemption." Several years later, it appeared as a Russian prison in the movie "Air Force One."
Two other films and a 2000 music video for the group Godsmack also were made at the prison. Besides regular tours of the site, the society offers a "Hollywood" tour where they point out movie props and sites where famous scenes were filmed.
The prison, which closed in 1990, was built as a reformatory.
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