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He may have a new grill after undergoing emergency dental surgery, but don't expect Lil Wayne to be throwing a barbecue behind bars—though a bonfire at his hearing wouldn't be out of the question.
A month after sentencing in his illegal weapons case was postponed for the mother of all root canals, and a week after an accidental courthouse fire did likewise, the hip-hopster was formally taken into custody Monday to begin his one-year stint at Rikers Island.
Lil' Wayne declined to comment on his way into the courthouse. But if he behaves himself, the artist otherwise known as Dwayne Carter III could get out in as early as eight months after copping to a gun charge last fall.
So what will life be like behind bars for Weezy, and will he be getting any special favors?
Hell no, says Steve Morello, spokesman for the City of New York Department of Corrections.
"There's no such thing as celebrity treatment," he said.
Tell that to the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Last Tuesday, Wayne made a surprise cameo at Jay-Z's concert and received a warm welcome as he and Young Jeezy performed the fittingly titled rap "I'm Goin' In."
"We with you 100 percent," Jeezy told Weezy.
A week ago, Wayne was feted by his crew at Miami's club LIV, presented with a cake inscribed "Keep Ya Head Up." And a few days before he went under the knife, he posted a rambling, bleep-worthy goodbye to fans, letting them know how much he loves them and that he was working hard in the studio to make sure there's plenty of Lil Wayne in rotation while he's away. He also launched his own Twitter feed.
Meanwhile, here are five things the multiplatinum artist can look forward to in the Big House:
1. A Regimented Schedule: Let's hope Wayne doesn't like to sleep in. Wake-up call for all Rikers inmates is 4 a.m., at which time they're served breakfast. Lunch is at 11 a.m. and dinner's at 3 p.m.
2. The Block Is Hot All Right: In between meals, Wayne will pass the time in a 10-by-15-foot cell replete with a bed, sink, toilet and window facing a wall. The good news is he'll be able to watch TV and hang out with other inmates in his "classification" in a day room. Whether he mingles with the general population of 13,000 convicts or remains isolated in protective custody will depend on a security evaluation, due to his celeb status.
3. Li'l Music: Lil Wayne won't be able to listen to much unless it's on the television or via a transistor radio, which he can buy at the commissary. While he told Rolling Stone he was looking forward to having his iPod, he can forget about it—portable MP3 players are banned. But he can spend all that quiet time writing new rhymes for consideration on Tha Carter IV, the album he plans to release once he's sprung. Speaking of his temporarily stalled rao career, before heading to Rikers, the Grammy winner shot several music videos for tracks on his latest album, Rebirth, to be rolled out while he's in the clink.
4. Job (or Lack Thereof): While most inmates are assigned some type of work to keep them occupied, Lil Wayne isn't likely to do much, since jail officials would prefer to keep his visit low-key. He also won't be able to choose when he can take his extracurricular activities.
5. Catching Up With His Crew: He'll be allowed two visits a week, which can take place on both weekdays and weekends.
At least Lil' Wayne is in good company. Check out E! Online's Court Appearances photo gallery.