Lil Wayne Sentencing: Rapper Goes to Dentist Instead of Jail

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Rap superstar Lil Wayne isn't going to jail... today.

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The Grammy Award-winning rapper has gotten a temporary reprieve from jail — for dental surgery.

The rapper's sentencing in a New York City gun case was postponed Tuesday. His lawyer says the rapper needs to finish a string of recent surgeries for a dental problem before he goes to jail. His sentencing is now set for March 2, and a judge says it won't be put off further.

Lil Wayne, 27, pleaded guilty in October of 2009 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, admitting he illegally had a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic gun on his tour bus in July 2007. Police found the weapon when they stopped the bus after a Manhattan concert.

A rapper since he was a teenager, Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter, became known for his voluminous output and collaborations with other artists.

His career hit a peak in the last two years. His "Tha Carter III" led 2008 album sales with 2.8 million copies sold and featured such hits as the No. 1 smash "Lollipop." His Grammys include 2008's best rap solo performance award, for "A Milli."