Heat's On Lil Wayne
June 19, 2008 at 5:26 AM (PT)
As first-week sales show LIL WAYNE has the hottest CD of 2008, the rapper awaits a DNA report that may put him behind bars for a minimum of 3-1/2 years, reports TODAY's NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Due any day, the DNA report from the NEW YORK medical examiner's office will tell prosecutors whether or not the rapper's genetic material matches traces recovered from a loaded, snazzy, green .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol.
Police say the gun was inside a LOUIS VUITTON bag that LIL WAYNE jettisoned from his lap when cops boarded his tour bus in MANHATTAN on JULY 22th, 2007. LIL WAYNE, whose real name was recorded on the arrest report as DWAYNE CATRER, resisted giving a DNA sample. A judge ordered otherwise and LIL WAYNE complied on MAY 13th.
Prosecutors expected the results back within three weeks, or around JUNE 2nd, but the report was still not in on JUNE 10th, when his CD "Tha Carter III" was released. About 430,000 copies of the CD sold on the very first day of release. with over a million going in its debut week -- a blockbuster in any era, but a truly remarkable figure in an age of pirated copies and file-sharing and single-song downloads.