Kanye West Is Retiring? A Look At Other Rappers Who Claimed Retirement, But Are Returning

Kanye West would stop making music, but it is unclear whether he will leave hip hop behind for good.

Rapper Rich boy shared text messages between him and Ye in which the sneaker designer revealed he was stepping away from rap. This surprised Rich, who has worked with West several times.

“I’m quitting music professionally… I don’t know what else to do,” West texted his pal.

Rich the boy IG
Rich the boy IG

Rich begged West to reconsider, pointing out that the culture wouldn’t be the same without him. “Flashing lights” rapper and producer may have plans for his free time. Although West’s Adidas deal has soured, he continues to release merchandise under his YZY website, indicating that fashion may become his main focus. Still, this be able to not are the end of West’s musical run.

West isn’t the only hip-hop superstar to announce his retirement, only to return to the microphone shortly after. That’s why there’s hope for West fans who get to witness the 47 years old back from his break just like his colleagues.

Jay-Z announced his retirement in 2003

West’s old friend Jay-Z made headlines when he announced his retirement in 2003. Hov claimed at the time “The Black Album” would be his last project. However, during a July 2022 interview with Kevin Hart’s “Hart to Heart series Jay admitted he was “burned out” at that time. He returned to music in 2006 to get to the “American gangster album, which was released the following year.

50 Cent threatened to retire in 2007 if he didn’t surpass Kanye West

50 cent once stated that he was leaving hip-hop, and West was the alleged reason. In 2007he told SOHH.com“If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11I won’t be writing music anymore. I’ll be writing music and working with my other artists, but I won’t put off even more solo albums.”

Finally, West “Graduation” 957,000 copies soldwhile “Curtis 691,000 copies movedFortunately, this did not influence the decision. G-unit founder.

Lil Wayne claimed he was leaving the music business in 2014 and 2016

During a 2014 MTV News interview, Little Wayne claimed he would only release one more project. However, he continued with more music, although in September 2016he announced his departure again.

“I AM NOW DEFENDED AND MENTALLY DEFEATED & I leave with grace and gratitude, I love my fan but i’m thin, He wrote.

From 2024Wayne continues to release new records, his latest being November “Welcome to Collegrove” from 2023 a collaborative project with 2Chain.

Jeezy claimed 2018 that “Villain Motivation 104 was his last project

Jeezy’s loyal fan base was treated a devastating blow when he announced in March 2018 that “TM104: The Legend of the Snowman would be his last album.

“Now that the Cold Summer tour is starting, an end.. It was inspiring to see my first day fans since my first album and TM 101 class came out every night. Now class coming an end. It’s time for graduation! My last album and last lesson: TM104 -#TrustYaProcess, he tweeted.

The album was released in August 2019 but wouldn’t be Jeezy’s last project. He has since “The recession“in November 2020, “Snofall” in October 2022 and “I Might Forgive… But I Don’t Forget” in November 2023a sign that he won’t be leaving the studio anytime soon.

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