Lil Wayne, T.I.: Doing time

The rigors of street life and run-ins with the law have always been fertile ground for musicians' riffs and rhymes. Sometimes those run-ins end in jail time. Music critic Chris Richards retraces the rocky roads of high-profile rap artists Lil Wayne and T.I.

July 22, 2007

Lil Wayne is arrested in Manhattan when police discover a firearm on his tour bus.

Oct. 13, 2007

T.I. is arrested just hours before he is to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Federal officials say the Grammy-winning rapper was caught trying to pick up machine guns and silencers a bodyguard purchased for him.

Sept. 30, 2008

After writing much of it while awaiting trial, T.I. releases his sixth studio album, "Paper Trail."

May 26, 2009

T.I. enters an Arkansas federal prison to begin a year and a day sentence.

Oct. 22, 2009

Lil Wayne pleads guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon.

Jan. 31, 2010

Lil Wayne performs at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

March 8, 2010

After delays due to a courthouse fire and Lil Wayne's various dental surgeries, Lil Wayne is sentenced to a year at Rikers Island.

Aug. 30, 2010

"Takers," an action film starting T.I. filmed before his sentence, debuts at the top of the box office, bringing in $20.5 million in its first weekend. It would gross over $57 million total.

Sept. 1, 2010

T.I. is arrested once again after Los Angeles police pull him over for an illegal u-turn and discover ecstasy pills in his car.

Oct. 12, 2010

"I Am Not A Human Being," an album he recorded before heading to jail, rises to the no. 1 position on Billboard, making Lil Wayne the first artist to have a top-selling album while serving time since Tupac Shakur.

Nov. 1, 2010

Sentenced to 11 months for violating his probation, T.I. returns to the same Arkansas federal prison where he served his previous sentence.

Nov. 2, 2010

Expecting to be released on Nov. 4, Lil Wayne posts his final entry from prison on the Web site Weezythanxyou.com.

Text: Chris Richards - The Washington Post, 10/02/2010

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