Part of Lil Wayne’s post-prison probation calls for a provision that prohibits him from consuming or drinking “any substances containing alcohol” for three years. It’s a change for Wayne, who has been seen for years carrying a pair of Styrofoam cups filled with what is usually a mix of codeine and promethazine. While Wayne joked with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez that his court-enforced sobriety leaves him with little use for his sunglasses, he said it was more difficult to adjust to other things behind bars.

“The hardest part about it was just coming from the life we live…coming from having a chauffer, masseuse, this that and the third. That’s why it’s different for everybody that goes,” Wayne said.    

During Wayne’s nine-month stay on Rikers Island, his Young Money artists Drake and Nicki Minaj enjoyed continued success. He explained that their accomplishments were expected, and hoped for continued success as part of a larger plan for himself.”

“People think when you say work hard it’s just, ‘Okay let me put two extra hours in.’” Wayne added. “No, this is my life. That’s why retiring at 35 would be a life lived, because this music thing is my life. I want their singles to be hotter than mine. That’s why Nicki comes out after me. It’s all part of a plan.”