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Lil Wayne Celebrates Release From Jail in Miami

Welcome Home Tunechi' bash attended by Drake, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross

November 8, 2010 10:38 AM ET

Lil Wayne has been all over the country since his release from Rikers Thursday, but his official "Welcome Home Tunechi" party took place in Miami on Sunday night. Drake, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Cool & Dre, Fat Joe, Cash Money label head Bryan "Baby" Williams and others turned out to help Wayne celebrate his freedom.

"I forgot about yesterday," Wayne told MTV News on the red carpet before the party. "I just wanna thank everybody. The fans across the whole world. Most of all, my family. I couldn't do it without them and I would never do it without them."

The festivities stretched well into Monday morning.

After jetting to Arizona to deal with a probation issue Friday afternoon and to New Orleans to watch a Hornets vs. Miami Heat basketball game Friday night, Wayne joined his protege Drake onstage at the latter's tour finale in Las Vegas. The pair teamed up, fittingly enough, for "Miss Me."

Photos: Lil Wayne Returns to the Stage With Drake

The appearance had been widely rumored for days, but Drake's crew and friends had tricked him into thinking Wayne wasn't coming.

Timeline: The Criminal History of Lil Wayne

But during the set, after the hook of "Miss Me," Wayne's verse started. "I didn't quite know what was going on. I looked back and there's the man. I jumped higher than I've ever jumped in my entire life," said Drake.

"I was gone till November, but don't trip because I know you was gonna kill 'em," Wayne rapped, slightly tweaking the lyrics to "Miss You."

Drake also said he expects to go into the studio with Wayne soon.

Exclusive: Lil Wayne Looks To The Future After Prison Release [MTV News]

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Drake Reveals Lil Wayne's Vegas Cameo Surprised Him [MTV News]

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