Wayne Shot Nine Videos Ahead Of Sentencing
Prison-bound rapper Lil Wayne has ensured fans won't forget about him while he's behind bars - by filming nine music videos last weekend (05-07Feb10).
The Lollipop hitmaker, real name Dwayne Carter, Jr., was expected to begin serving time for his 2007 arrest for gun possession immediately after his sentencing in court on Tuesday (09Feb10).
A judge allowed him an additional three weeks of freedom for an upcoming dental operation - but the hip-hop star had prepared for his incarceration by shooting a backlog of music videos for his fans.
Video director David Rousseau tells MTV.com Lil Wayne began the shoot on Friday (05Feb10) and the cameras didn't stop rolling until Sunday (07Feb10).
Rousseau explains, "We knew what our deadline was. We're trying to get maximum coverage for Wayne. Most of the time we only shot Wayne's verses - we'll finish the rest of the videos off in the next couple of weeks.
"Everybody is onboard because everybody knows what's at stake. Unlike T.I. and some of these other guys that's disappeared while they were in (prison), the point is to keep Wayne on TV for whatever time he's in. He's at the height of his career; you can't let that momentum slip."
And Wayne recruited a number of collaborators, including Juelz Santana and Yo Gotti, to star alongside him in the shoots.
Rousseau adds, "We tried to keep it wide, medium, close-up, just him vibing. Then we let him go change clothes. Then other people would come in for 30 minutes. Wayne would come back out, same thing; wide, medium, close-up. Then we bring out somebody else who is on the song, Nicki Minaj, Sean Garrett, Baby, Tyga."