02/04/2010 AT 10:40 AM ET
Lil Wayne is constantly moving. But the hyperactive hip-hop star will find himself suddenly sedentary come Tuesday, when he has to report to prison to serve a yearlong sentence for gun possession.
“I don’t like to stop,” Wayne, 27, tells Rolling Stone. “I believe you stop when you die.”
He says his prison term is God’s will for him and everything happens for a reason.”I look at things as ‘Everything is meant to be.’ I know it’s an experience that I need to have if God’s putting me through it.”
Wayne’s felony charge came after a July 2007 arrest in New York City, when police found a .40-caliber handgun in his tour bus. Initially Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., pleaded not guilty – but in October, he changed his plea to guilty in exchange for a reduced 12-month sentence.
But before he finds himself waking up behind bars at New York’s Rikers Island, Wayne is packing in video shoots, recording sessions of songs from The Carter IV and time with his family. He says he’s avoiding getting tips on prison life.
“This is Lil Wayne going to jail,” he says. “Nobody I can talk to can tell me what that’s like. I just say I’m looking forward to it.”