Lil Wayne returned with a new single on Thursday (January 21), just two days after receiving a presidential pardon from Donald Trump during his final day in office.
Released on Young Money Records, “Ain’t Got Time” features an appearance from Fousheé, who’s known for her voice on Sleepy Hallow’s “Deep End Freestyle.” On the track, Weezy pays tribute to the late Juice WRLD following his 2019 death and includes a reference to his private jet getting searched.
“They raided my private plane,” Wayne raps. “I went got one that’s more privater/R.I.P. Juice WRLD, wrote that on two cups/Pour out a lil juice for him/Shit gave me goosebumps/N-gga been through too much/Lookin’ in the rearview to see the future.”
Along with Kodak Black, Wayne was one of 143 people pardoned by Trump on Tuesday (January 19) before he exited the White House.
Reuters reporter David Shepardson tweeted, “Trump pardoned rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black who were prosecuted on federal weapons offenses, as well as former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was serving a 28-year prison term on corruption charges, a senior administration official said.”
Wayne was facing up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a weapons charge in December 2020. In December 2019, authorities searched his plane at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport and found a gold-plated Remington 1911, a .45-caliber handgun loaded with six rounds of ammunition and a bag containing small amounts of cocaine, ecstasy and Oxycodone.
Despite Wayne’s Trump endorsement ahead of the 2020 election, his lawyer Bradford Cohen insists it had nothing to do with the pardon.
“It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they’re just looking at a piece of paper,” Cohen said. “In hindsight, I guess it worked out.”
He continued, “I think they had a very strong connection. He’s in the entertainment world. He’s got a style that’s similar in terms of the way that he carries himself, and a lot of rappers and people in the industry relate to that.”