Lil Wayne Released From Prison

Lil Wayne walked out of Rikers Island prison a free man around 8:30 Thursday morning (November 4).

A short time later, his Young Money crew began to share their excitement via Twitter.

The world got the first look at the rapper as he made his way back into the outside world from a photo posted by a Young Money camp insider. It showed Wayne wearing a white cap and white shirt while sitting inside a vehicle with the window rolled down.

At around 8 a.m. sources spotted a caravan of about eight luxury vehicles departing a Manhattan hotel, likely on their way to meet up with the rapper.

Hours earlier, around 4 a.m., Young Money president Mack Maine tweeted that he was "impatiently waiting" for Wayne's release, and shortly before 10 a.m. manager Cortez Bryant tweeted his thoughts, "FREE AT LAST!!!!!!! >>>>> ya heard me yea!!!!!!!"

Mack echoed Bryant moments later, writing, "Everybody go and welcome @liltunechi back.....all true weezy fans!!! The angels are rejoicing and so am I!!!!!"  

Nicki Minaj also celebrated the news, writing, "Wayne's home!"

Wayne (born Dwayne Carter) was released from Rikers after serving eight months of a year-long sentence for attempted gun possession. In March, he turned himself in to New York authorities after he struck a plea deal in his case stemming from a 2007 gun arrest near the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan.