With a courthouse fire giving Lil Wayne at least another day’s reprieve before going to jail on gun charges, Weezy enjoyed his surprise freedom by making what will likely be his last pre-incarceration live appearance at Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 tour stop in New York City last night. According to MTV, after Jay-Z handed the mike over to his tourmate Young Jeezy about 45 minutes into his set, Jeezy informed the crowd of Weezy’s unexpected situation and brought out Wayne’s Young Money teammate Nikki Minaj, dedicating “Bedrock” to Tha Carter III rapper.
Following the song, the beat for “I’m Goin’ In” started up, and as evidenced by the shaky video above, Lil Wayne suddenly emerged from the area where Jay-Z’s backing band was assembled and a shocked Madison Square Garden crowd loudly welcomed the rapper. If Weezy alone wasn’t enough, he was also joined by his protégé Drake, who donned an all-white suit. “We with you 100 percent,” Jeezy told Wayne onstage after the performance.
As Rolling Stone reported yesterday, Wayne was set to be formally sentenced after pleading guilty last year to weapons charges stemming from a 2007 incident, but the fire at the courthouse postponed Weezy’s sentencing for a second time. Wayne was originally supposed to be sentenced on February 9th, but dental surgery for a reported eight root canals pushed back the hearing until March 2nd. As the 100 Centre Street courthouse fire was fairly serious — eight people reportedly suffered minor injuries from the blaze — it’s unclear if the courthouse will be reopened today. When Weezy is finally sentenced, it’s expected he’ll spend a year behind bars at New York’s Riker’s Island. UPDATE: TMZ reports Wayne’s sentencing hearing has been moved to Monday, March 8th.