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Lil Wayne spent the first hours of his post-prison freedom having his hair styled.

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The rapper was released from New York's Rikers Island jail complex on Thursday morning and was taken to a safe house in the city, where he was reunited with friends and family.

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He was then booked into a luxury suite at the New York Palace hotel, where his hairdresser worked on his dreadlocks for several hours.

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The rapper is expected to leave New York for Miami, where record label executives are throwing him a welcome home party.