Lil Wayne: Suicide watch monitor
Lil Wayne has reportedly been given the task of helping his fellow inmates on suicide watch while in jail.
The 27-year-old rapper was sentenced to a year in prison last month after pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, but is expected to be released after eight months if he serves with good behaviour.
Now a source has told The New York Daily News the Lollipop rapper - who earned 42 million dollars last year - has been given the job of an inmate observation aide at Rikers Island prison's Eric M Taylor Centre, earning him 50 cents an hour.
The source said: "It's probably the best job you can have in the jail. It's the highest paying job in there."
Lil Wayne - real name Dwayne Carter - reportedly works the midnight tour and socialises with at-risk inmates.
The source added: "He mingles with them. It's not a physical job at all, and it's better than working the kitchen or sanitation.
"Given his high profile, this is a work assignment that he can fulfil without having to move around the larger part of the jail."
Suicide prevention aides are recommended by correction officers or can inmates can volunteer for the job. The chosen prisoners must take courses to learn how to deal with their at-risk counterparts.