Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were among the 100+ people pardoned during Donald Trump’s last full day as President of the United States.
Late Tuesday (Jan. 19) evening, Trump pardoned over 100 people including his former campaign manager Steve Bannon, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and many more. Among that list were rappers Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. a.k.a Lil Wayne and Bill Kahan Kapri a.k.a Kodak Black.
According to the White House website, “President Trump granted a full pardon to Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as ‘Lil Wayne.'”
“Mr. Carter pled guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, owing to a conviction over 10 years ago,” a statement read from the United States Press Secretary. “Brett Berish of Sovereign Brands, who supports a pardon for Mr. Carter, describes him as “trustworthy, kind-hearted and generous.” Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of foodbanks. Deion Sanders, who also wrote in support of this pardon, calls Mr. Wayne “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a waymaker, [and] a game changer.”
According to the White House website, “President Trump granted a commutation to Bill Kapri, more commonly known as Kodak Black.”
“Kodak Black is a prominent artist and community leader. This commutation is supported by numerous religious leaders, including Pastor Darrell Scott and Rabbi Schneur Kaplan,” a statement read from the United States Press Secretary. “Additional supporters include Bernie Kerik, Hunter Pollack, Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, Jack Brewer formerly of the National Football League, and numerous other notable community leaders. Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison for making a false statement on a Federal document. He has served nearly half of his sentence. Before his conviction and after reaching success as a recording artist, Kodak Black became deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. In fact, he has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged. In addition to these efforts, he has paid for the notebooks of school children, provided funding and supplies to daycare centers, provided food for the hungry, and annually provides for underprivileged children during Christmas. Most recently while still incarcerated, Kodak Black donated $50,000 to David Portnoy’s Barstool Fund, which provides funds to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kodak Black’s only request was that his donation go toward restaurants in his hometown.”
President Donald J. Trump also granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals. You can read the full list of pardons HERE.