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From rap superstar Lil Wayne comes the long-awaited GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER, a deeply personal and revealing account of his time spent incarcerated on Rikers Island for eight months in 2010....

Title : Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island
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ISBN : 9780735212114
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island Reviews

  • Tia
    2019-04-08 05:13

    I feel like I should make a disclaimer—if you're not a hardcore, obsessive Lil Wayne fan, you might not enjoy his prison diary. He didn't write it for public consumption, so it's literally just daily updates on what toxic junk food from the commissary he ate, or shows he watched, or things he joked about with fellow inmates while incarcerated. He doesn't get too deep or personal. Lucky for me, I AM a fanatic. This past year, I flew to another state to watch Wayne perform live not once, but twice—both times having to secure overnight babysitters and fly home the next morning. I have checked Google for updates about him on a daily basis, and prayed for him because of all he has going on. I have supported him however I can, like buying clothing from his Trukfit line. And I've been counting down the days until this book was released. I've been a fan of his since we were teenagers, during his Hot Boys days. We were both born in September of '82, and when I was a high schooler in the 90's, I liked Lil Wayne over NSYNC or Backstreet Boys. He was a natural progression after my crushes on Kris Kross (they disappeared) and Tupac (he died before I even hit puberty). Here was a rapper my age, who was of a small stature like me, just as my hormones were really starting to rev up. There was a period where I didn't listen to rap music as much, or anything on the radio, because I was too busy with things like college, or traveling for work. But then when I took some time off in 2010, that's when Drake and Nicki blew up, and I remembered.. Oh yeah, Lil Wayne. Love that guy. But my fandom was truly reignited in 2014, with the Christina Milian/Karrine Steffans/Dhea drama, and of course the falling out with Birdman. It's like every week there's a new crazy story about his harem members fighting over him, or his problems with his label, or people suing him. Of course this is why Wayne published his prison diary now, six years after the fact. He's not able to put out or profit from the album fans have waited and waited for. This is to hold us over.I've gotta say, I was worried it would be too depressing. I once spent a night in jail, and I've never been able to talk about it at all. It was too traumatizing, the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I can't stand to even remember it, and that was just one night. But Wayne has infused this with his charisma, and a dark humor that is truly hilarious. He was the same Wayne in jail as he was on the YouTube Weezy Wednesdays. The book is not soul baring, but the crumbs he gives us are entertaining nonetheless, and I ate them up.Wayne shares his sadness at not being there for his kids. He hears his son say "Da Da" for the first time over the phone, while he's behind bars. He misses his daughter terribly, but doesn't want her to come visit him, or see him led away in shackles. He has guilt for being there, instead of with his kids. He also has a close relationship with his mom, which keeps him going during his time locked up. And I like that he sent "the mothers of his children" flowers for Mother's Day along with calling them. Never did he refer to them as "baby mamas." He makes the most of his time, creating "Doritos burritos" and playing pranks, joking and talking with other inmates and COs. He prays, reads the bible, does push-ups, listens to slow jams and ESPN. He reads Anthony Keidis' autobiography, Scar Tissue, which I now want to read (I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers). He reads fan mail, writes them back, and even calls several fans who send him phone numbers. He gets visits from celebs like Nicki Minaj, Drake, P Diddy, and Kanye West. And he's just a funny motherfucker, so there are some real gems in his daily scribbles.Don't expect an insightful literary memoir, like Orange Is The New Black (which I loved, although it was often upsetting to read). This is what it is, and for what it is, it's great. Short and sweet, for the fans like me, who find themselves cackling at his interviews.

  • Brandon Forsyth
    2019-03-28 07:18

    On the surface, there's almost nothing here to recommend: Lil Wayne's prison diary is a repetitive, privileged, and, frankly, dull look at the routines that got him through his eight month stint in Riker's. He prayed. He listened to ESPN. He phoned fans. Then he tried to sleep as much as humanly possible and then did it all again. It makes prison sound like a rainy vacation at a small hotel, and anyone hoping for a commentary on the justice system or the dynamics of rich and poor in a correctional facility are hopelessly optimistic. Mr. Carter's skill at creating clever lyrics ("real Gs move in silence like lasagna" is in the rap hall of fame) doesn't translate to the prose, and it's shocking that there's only one verse included here. Where are the lyrics he talks about scribbling down, late into the night?But there's a theory of art that proscribes more importance to the negative space than to the subject itself, and, looked at through this prism, readers may just find some value in GONE 'TIL NOVEMBER. It's fascinating what Wayne doesn't say here - there's the odd word or two about scuffles and conflicts in the prison yard, a vague sense that he's learned to accept a gay fellow inmate, and even hints at real personal growth and recognizing what he truly values by the end of his time served. It's also fascinating how little rehabilitation is mentioned: Wayne refuses any mental health conversations and it's never mentioned again, and he tries to take a suicide prevention job at one point, but quits it two days later preferring to "just do (his) time." All of this stuff is a sentence or two in the book, but it starts to create a fascinating portrait of the person in absentia.It's just not enough to recommend it.

  • Tori
    2019-03-24 23:55

    this was mostly pretty boring tbh. but it was sweet to read firsthand how much Wayne appreciates the people in his life and his fans. He would write or call his fans to surprise them all the time and it made him so happy, that was cute. Best part was the wedding they threw for the only openly gay guy in the block, it was hilarious and adorable.

  • Bergþór Másson
    2019-04-01 04:59

    Exceptional writing from the best rapper alive.Essential reading for an extreme Lil Wayne fan, probably not a good read if you haven't been following his career and life for some years.

  • Sidik Fofana
    2019-04-16 03:08

    SIX WORD REVIEW: Kids, listen to this, not lyrics.

  • Meghan Wyrd
    2019-04-18 00:53

    I don't know how to rate was very badly written, and at many points Lil Wayne seems unaware of how much comfort his class privilege provides him. It really is a journal, a record of all the mundane, quotidian events that make up his life in prison. And yet... It was immersive, personal, and had strong, playful, expressive tone throughout. It was really cool, getting inside his brain.So: it wasn't very good, but it sure was Lil Wayne.

  • Cameron Bang
    2019-04-08 05:19

    Fans of Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.—also known as Lil Wayne and Weezy—will want to pick up his new journal, Gone ’Til November. The book is presented as a transcription of his actual journal, kept while locked up at the infamous Rikers Island jail complex in New York City.Lil Wayne was at the height of his career when he was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to a yearlong stay at Rikers Island. He begins his journal on day one of his sentence. The shock of going from the free world to the confines of a jail are clearly felt by Lil Wayne. Maybe more so, given his wealth and notoriety.For those who have not been to jail or known someone who has, reading this journal is a great way to get a taste of what it's like. The monotony of daily life, the bugs, dirt, blood and shit . . . in short, the reality of jail life comes through Lil Wayne's words quite clearly. By the time you finish reading the journal, you may be tired of reading that the superstar rapper drank coffee, ate jail burritos, and did pushups every single day. You can be sure that he was tired of doing so. And that is exactly what jail life is. Extreme boredom, hunger, and occasional outbreaks of violence are the hallmarks of jail.Lil Wayne's struggle to remain motivated throughout his ordeal is inspiring. Even though it is clear from his journal that he received VIP treatment, going from music icon to inmate could have been a crushing blow. Instead, Lil Wayne focused his efforts on his fans, his family, and his music, and found inspiration even in the confines of one of the worst jails in America.Gone ’Till November is also an intimate and personal look into the mind of Lil Wayne. Fans are rarely granted this level of access to the innermost thoughts of musical superstars. In one passage, Lil Wayne reflects on suicide and the reality of mental illness and how it is addressed in American jails."I ended up thinking about all types of shit," wrote the rapper. "One thing that stood out was how I've never been this close to suicide before. It's truly a new reality for me. I was actually there when this kid that was in mental isolation tried to hang up. What's really fucked up is that it all could've been prevented if the COs would've just brought him some water."In the end, Lil Wayne learns that his creativity and spirit cannot be taken from him even when his liberty can. It's a powerful lesson that came at a high price. But one comes away from this journal feeling that it was a price worth paying.

  • Jake
    2019-04-16 06:11

    This book, Gone 'Til November, is definitely something you will to want to read if you are a heavy Lil Wayne fan. It can also be used as a deterrent from committing illegal activities, as the way that Wayne describes jail is a boring empty place where people just wait to get out. The journal, possibly without Wayne realizing it as he was writing it, can also get boring and repetitive as you complete it. Many entries are very similar and just describe the food he eats and how he jokes around with his fellow jail-mates. This does a great job of truly placing you in the cell with him, as you can really get the feeling of the monotony of jail. While the book is boring in that sense, Weezy fans will love how he describes his life. Many people solely listen to his music, but those who read this book will find out how he really is. Wayne is just a dude with talent, and it is very interesting to watch how he, a rich celebrity, adjusts to cell life. When he makes calls his family and friends, he describes how he is making hundreds of thousands of dollars while sitting in jail. He uses this repetition (Like describing his night-time ritual as 'Prayer, bible, push-ups, music, and sleep - Another one') to create an almost cozy feeling. I selected the book because I love Weezy, and it did a great job of expanding my view of him. For fellow fans of the rapper, the way he talks and writes work extremely well, but for those who don't enjoy Wayne or his style of writing the book could be disappointing.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-17 02:59

    I decided to read this book not because I'm a huge Lil Wayne fan but because I came across this book on the library website and it was available. I know a bit about Lil Wayne already because I'm from New Orleans as he is and he grew up less than two miles from where I grew up and live. I was hoping to learn a little more about him but it was not to be. This was just an everyday diary of his time spent in prison so the description of this book was right on. If that's what you are looking for then this won't disappoint you.

  • Jordann Malone
    2019-04-06 07:59

    I tore through this in a few hours but it was not as deeply personal as I'd hoped. There were a few deep cuts among his outlines of his day-to-day activities. My favorite part though was listening to the Carter IV after reading the book. I had never listened to it from his incarcerated perspective. It was like listening to it for the first time all over again.

  • Liz Yerby
    2019-04-18 04:19

    Not that personal but still a quick read, and I still love the dude

  • Kelly
    2019-04-18 04:00

    100 pages of dorito burrito talk.

  • Tim O'Hearn
    2019-04-12 06:03

    Recall listening to Da Drought 3 and smirking at punchline after punchline. Lil Wayne's hilarious observations are the focal point of this otherwise mundane book. "Who Wants to be a Millionare was on TV. It made me think, who the fuck don't want to be a fucking millionaire?"While the monotony of a daily routine is unavoidable when it comes to prison literature, at times it is just too much. For the reader, there's no sense of anticipation. You know that nothing major happened inside. You also know that once he gets out, the book will end. Precisely at the exact moment he steps "into the light" or maybe there will be some type of cliffhanger. You know it won't be particularly interesting. It is clear, almost from the outset, that the book's quality and the quality of Wayne's personal reflections will be one in the same.So you're stuck in jail with Lil Wayne, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but immediately you'll take to searching for reasons to justify having purchased the book. There is really no backstory on why he's in jail. He doesn't like jail, but never critiques the prison industrial complex and provides only a few anecdotes on the mindset of career criminals. I was hoping to observe a mounting theme of contrition considering the irony of his situation. Imagine rapping about doing illegal things, no, imagine being the most influential artist of your generation who steered an entire genre toward Gangsta Rap, and then having to spend time in jail for a minor charge. Toward the end, Wayne really wants you to know how much jail sucks. His deepest reflections of events and relationships in his life, and the growing possibility that jail is changing him, are snapped back to a surficial level with the constant reminders that he enjoys special treatment. His apparent feelings toward worshipping god, living a righteous life, and utilizing one's gifts are uplifting to read from an artist of his stature, but fall flat when considering the reality surrounding the consumption of his music.

  • Diego Izaguirre
    2019-04-10 00:09

    The book Gone till November, by Lil Wayne was published in 2016, by Plume books. Lil Wayne Is a 4-time Grammy award winner for, best rap album, best song, and other awards. This book was about Lil Wayne's hard time in jail and how he made new friends, learned harsh lessons, and discipline. He had a daily routine, a job, and friends who made his time in jail a little bit easier. This book was ok because it was kinda repetitive and boring because he did the same thing every day and it kinda made it hard for me to enjoy. But yet again he is in jail and there is not much to do.Something I noticed about how the book was written was that it was in the style of Lil Wayne handwriting and if it was printed straight out of his writing journal / Diary. Something I would complain about is that sometimes the handwriting can get kinda hard to read because it's handwritten. This book reminded me of the Tupac Shakur book because it is unusual to me to see rappers write books. All over the book, we see how Lil Wayne missed his family and very often kept in touch with them by calling them in the jail phones.This book is for Teens to adults and definitely not for kids due to its cursing and vulgar language. I would give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars because it's kinda repetitive but does show Lil Wayne's true self and heart. This is an ok book due to being repetitive and kinda boring but it shows his heart and love.

  • Carl Williams
    2019-04-18 04:15

    I received a copy of this book free, through Goodreads Giveaways.And, in the interest of further full disclosure, I’m an old white guy. My contact with rap music has been as a history teacher when my class explores the history of American music—one of our most significant gifts to the world—and independent student projects. My interest in this book stems from my exploration of systemic racism and white privilege, and making connections with other reading I’ve done, books like Alexander’s _The New Jim Crow_, and Coates’ _Between the World and Me_.This diary of Lil Wayne’s incarnation at New York’s notorious Rikers Island is directed to fans. Daily entries consist of activities, and connections within and outside of the prison environment. As his prison sentence plays out, his inward tension increases—more frequent migraines, a shorter fuse with frustrations. He seems weighed down by the minor privileges he receives as a celebrity prisoner, and comes to understand his connections and assumptions are entirely different than the other prisoners. Each day ends with a “Push-ups, prayer, ESPN.” Type comments along with “ Another gone” countdown toward his release.I was able to winnow out some further understanding, but mostly be reading between the lines.

  • Charles Yan
    2019-04-15 02:53

    Wayne's time at Riker's consisted of a lot of ESPN, Kiedis's Scar Tissue, and Doritos burritos. The days are mostly pretty repetitive, as expected - an hour at yard, conversations with inmates and COs, a few hours on the phone and reading fan mail each day, writing raps and reading the Bible at night, and other relatively normal stuff.Most of the diary entries are pretty optimistic until a midway point where he finds out Drake smashed his girl. For a while, the entries just get kind of sad and angry, but eventually become normal again. Towards the end of his stay, after most of his "friends" are freed (or deported), and especially after he's put on lockdown in the Infirmary Box, Wayne gets a little more involved in his entries.Overall it's an interesting read for a fan, and gives a glimpse into how superstars are treated in high security prisons.

  • Matthew Savoca
    2019-03-27 01:17

    19 stars. No, 59 stars. Lil Wayne is my favorite poet. This book rules

  • Teddy Desmarais
    2019-04-11 01:00


  • Orsayor
    2019-04-18 02:13

    Library Read... I love the design and format of this book.I would recommend this book to diehard Lil Wayne fans.

  • Treshaun
    2019-04-11 03:02

    i wanna read this book ASAP

  • Ashley
    2019-04-13 06:52

    #CompNtBkOwn in hardback.FS: "For some crazy reason, I keep thinking that I'm going to wake up tomorrow and the judge is gonna say that I don't have to go to jail."LS: "First rap since up in this bitch, gotta use this in a song...yeah."

  • Melissa Anthony
    2019-03-23 03:16

    I believe Lil Wayne is an amazing artist. So, I was interested in this book. It was exactly what most journals look like from people serving time. Was it repetitive? Yes. Did it give the reader insight into Lil Wayne's actual thoughts, yes, at times. What it did give us though, was the way he processed thoughts and wrote them, freely. His personality shines through the pages and that is what makes this book catching.

  • L.A.
    2019-03-23 23:52

    If you can't be a good role model, be a great cautionary tale.Or, you know, both. The prison notebook of Dewayne Carter -- better known to the world as Lil Wayne -- chronicles not only his experiences serving time for illegal possession of a firearm, but also the rise and fall of his mental state as he reconciles himself to the prison routines that will shape his daily life during his sentence. A reproduction of his own surprisingly readable handwriting, the notebook reveals an intelligent, thoughtful person underneath his street persona. It's interesting, because you'll be reading along, and it will be tough guy tough guy tough guy, and then he'll say something kind, or poetic, and you remember that people are complicated.The narrative gets boring at times, but that's kind of the point: prison is not fun, and while Lil Wayne gets a lot more perks and less aggravation than most inmates, he's still separated from his mom, sweetheart, and kids. At times, his depression over this is almost palpable, and he repeatedly stresses that a) he's never going back, and b) nobody should make going to jail a personal goal. He also has a tendency to say "Yeah!" when things are going well and "Damn!" when they're not, to the point where it becomes almost absurd - he even makes fun of himself at one point for doing it.Keeping the journal and composing new rap lyrics helps Lil Wayne ride it out, and his relief at being released is so palpable that you can't help but root for the guy. Readers who are also fans will get the most out of this narrative, especially since Lil Wayne regularly reads his fan mail, writes back, and even makes phone calls to fans who include their number (nice). A good pick for teen and/or adult collections in urban areas: no matter where you shelve it, it's going to have crossover appeal.

  • Sudhanwa Sardeshpande
    2019-04-03 04:04

    If the guy thinks like the way he's written the book, I am not surprised he's that successful in his career. Damn straight. I am not his big fan or anything, but I do have a couple of his songs in my playlist. But this book clips away most bullshit in his persona that media has built (or he himself has built) around Dwayne Carter. Don't expect the book to be deep and full of substance, but it's not very superficial either. Enjoyable short read.

  • Robert Shaw
    2019-03-19 00:59

    Gone til November was in my opinion a really good book. Nothing I have ever read is like this book, it is written from a completely new perspective. The life of a rich gangster in prison, this is new, it is so cool reading about how he is treated by others. Whenever he is interacting with other people whether it is other inmates, guards, family/friends who are visiting him, or when he reads fan mail are easily the best parts of the book. Also Lil Wayne tells so many funny stories for example when other inmates and him threw a wedding for two other inmates and they were playing music and partying and whatnot. I would not recommend this book who isn’t a big Lil Wayne fan because there are plenty of times in the book where it is really dry and boring. This is probably because the book was not originally written for entertainment purposes and it is a day to day journal about being in prison. If you can get past these boring sections then you will love this book because it is something completely different and helps you see through a new perspective.

  • Marisa Gonzalez
    2019-04-03 06:57

    So Lil' Wayne ended up in Riker's Island for 8 months after being found guilty of a weapons what happened while he was locked up....well let's see, he drank coffee every morning then went to the dayroom and either played cards or watched tv, ate lots of burritos, called fans who sent him "pictures" (which were then passed on to other inmates), prayed, listened to ESPN and slept. This happened everyday.....yes EVERYDAY! I only read about 40 pages of this book and skimmed the rest. According to the internet, the big shocker in this diary was his girlfriend was cheating with Drake during his imprisonment...really?...who cares? He originally wrote this for his own eyes and it should have been kept that way but I guess after he was released it was a way for him and the publishing company to make easy money off of his fans. Don't waste your time or money on this one. This book gives no insight on who Lil Wayne is as a person and gives no reflection on his past and how it affected who he is today.

  • Evan Kirby
    2019-03-20 06:17

    Probably could've rated this lower, as it's nothing much. It's cool to get an insight into Wayne's mind and his thought processes in jail, the only problem is it's just about the most boring things ever. Literally every entry/page is just a rehash of him doing the same stuff everyday including what he's eating, watching sports, watching movies, watching TV, writing fan letters, visiting family etc. etc. It's not like he's philosophizing about life or going on about the brutal conditions of jail. Nah, everything just seems pretty standard and basic, like normal life with just a few more restrictions, so it just becomes this monotonous struggle of literally reading about the boring things one does everyday. Luckily it's short and has a few gems, plus Weezy's personality shines through, so that makes up for the repetitive subject matter.

  • Ladonna
    2019-04-01 06:59

    I ran across this in the "new" section of the library...I checked out the forward and decided to give it a read. I was not disappointed. I felt it was raw/real. It felt as if I was right there with him, seeing his daily routine while serving his time. I just really could not put this down until I was done reading it. I would recommend this book to everyone, music fans or not. It is a good entertaining read.*I am not what you would call a "fan" of his music, and had only heard of him in the news, so I was surprised at how impressed I was of his writing*

  • Carly Casper
    2019-04-11 05:07

    Weezy's account of his stint in Rikers is not nearly as insightful as his interviews, or as poetic as his lyrics. It's dull and repetitive, just like prison. I kept asking myself why I was still reading. Nevertheless, it was interesting to gain a glimpse into an interesting mind. If you think you know what a brief Lil' Wayne memoir will be like, if you think it will be party and bullshit and party and bullshit, this book will not be at all what you expect.For the record, this book was not at all what I expected.

  • Randy
    2019-04-14 00:00

    As an avid Lil Wayne fan, I really enjoyed this book. I think it is a much more honest approach to talking about prison stays as opposed to Orange is the New Black. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the artist, or someone who wants a quick snap shot of the daily routines of prison life.