Lil Wayne was a suicide prevention aide

October 13, 2016
Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne worked as a suicide prevention aide while in Rikers Island jail.

The 34-year-old rapper spent eight months at the New York prison complex in 2010, after he was convicted of possession of a firearm the year before, and has revealed he briefly took up the role during his stay.

Writing in his memoir 'Gone Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island, the star said: "The job is basically to monitor the top tier [of the jail] for an eight-hour shift and if someone wants to hang up (meaning to kill themselves), to not negotiate with them or try to talk to them out of it, but just to alert an officer."

And the Sucker for Pain rapper also revealed that the compensation for doing the job was dependent on a very important factor. He wrote: "You get paid $50 if you stop the person from actually hanging themselves, and $25 if you find them hung up. Yeah, it's that real."

However, the Mirror musician admits his stint in the job - which often saw him patrolling the top tier every night until six in the morning - didn't last for long, as he left his position in order to focus on his own well-being. The news comes after the rapper took to Twitter last month to hint at his retirement, saying he was feeling "defeated".

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