Lil Wayne is on the top of the world right now. With his latest album, ‘Tha Carter IV,’ reaching platinum status in a week, and his Young Money artists Drake and Nicki Minaj achieving monumental success themselves, the 29-year-old rhyme-spitter is certainly one of rap’s busiest go-getters. So it’s shocking to hear that Wayne wants to retire at age 35.
In an interview with GQ magazine as part of their ‘Gods of Rock’ issue, the Young Money leader says he’s ready to hang up the mic in the next six years. “Basically, I have been doing this for eighteen years. That’s reason number one,” he explains to contributing editor Claire Hoffman. “I have accomplished all that I have set out to accomplish and more. Also, I have a label, and I’ve only put out two artists [Drake and Nicki Minaj]. I have a lot more work to do, and it’d be selfish to not focus on being the boss and focus on their projects.”
“But the main reason is my kids, my children,” Weezy adds. “Now, if I thought I’d be selfish to my artists, imagine what I think I would be doing to my kids. I have enough money that they don’t have to ever do anything — which, they will do everything, ’cause they ain’t getting s—t. [cackles wildly] Six [more] years, I can do this Lil Wayne thing, and my boys will be about 7 and 8 years old. And man, it’s all about them then. You know, whatever they’re doing. Sports. Whatever they’re into. That’s where I am. I’m at every game. I’m the dad with the hat on. The jersey. That’s me.”
Wow! Wayne gave an interesting perspective on his decision to retire. It’s also good to see that he wants to enjoy fatherhood after he leaves the rap game, but we still don’t believe him.