Lil Wayne and Kodak Black: Why did Donald Trump grant the rappers clemency?

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Rap stars Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were on the list of more than 140 people who were granted pardons or had their sentences commuted by outgoing US President Donald Trump on his last full day in the job.

They were joined by Michael "Harry-O" Harris, co-founder of seminal rap label Death Row Records, after Snoop Dogg campaigned on his behalf.

While the omission of Tiger King star Joe Exotic from Mr Trump's list went against some expectations, here's a look at why clemency was granted to the three hip-hop aficionados.

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Lil Wayne – real name Dwayne Michael Carter Jr – pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge last year.

The 38-year-old was found to be carrying a gun and bullets when police searched a private plane in Miami in December 2019. He faced up to 10 years in prison.

He is also one of the biggest stars in rap, with five US number one albums and more top 40 singles than any other artist apart from Drake. He met and appeared to endorse President Trump during the election campaign late last year, praising his work on criminal reform.