Some stories, such as Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon getting married, really come out of the blue. Others, such as Lil Wayne getting arrested, don’t.
The B-list hip-hop star was arrested in Boise, Idaho, on a felony fugitive charge after authorities in Georgia accused him of possessing a controlled substance.
The 25-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., was arrested after his Friday concert at Qwest Arena and booked into the Ada County jail.
Because of the type of charge, Lil Wayne was not eligible for bond and was not released in time to make his typical Saturday night concert. Shame.
After his arrest, the jail was bombarded with dozens of angry phone calls from Lil Wayne fans, of which apparently there are many, as well as from concert promoters.
“Every other phone call that we’ve picked up have been about him — people who have tickets wanting to know where his concert will be, people calling to see if it’s true that he’s incarcerated,” said a deputy who didn’t want her name used.
Lil Wayne is scheduled to be formally charged Tuesday and will be asked at that point if he plans to waive his extradition to Georgia, authorities said.
An e-mail to Lil Wayne’s publicist at Universal Music was not returned. Carter’s previous brushes with the law include a 2005 drug arrest in Atlanta, and another bust for weed and prescription drugs in August 2006.
His “Tha Carter II” album, released in 2005, has sold about 2 million copies worldwide. He recently was voted “Hottest MC in the Game” by a panel at MTV.
Speaking of prestigious honors, The Hollywood Gossip recently named Kanye West the most talented and egomaniacal rapper in the industry.