Lil Pump has announced today, Thursday, February 14, that he is leaving rap. The Florida rapper, just 19 years old, has posted a picture on his personal Instagram account in which we basically only see two things: his expensive watch and a message «I'm done making music. I retire". Leaving aside how much or little we care about Lil Pump (in Postposmo, little, to be honest), we wonder two things. One: how serious is this announcement? And, more importantly, why do virtually all rappers at some point in their careers say they're quitting? What happens behind the scenes to make everything so terrible?
Is Lil Pump really quitting rap?
Is Lil Pump quitting rapping? Quick answer: we don't know. Long answer: probably not. Only in the last few months have people like Nicki Minaj, Azealia Banks and that thing they call Lil xan. This is like the Jay Electronica album that we've been waiting for ten years (and, they say, now it's really good): a lot of noise and few nuts.
Let's not forget that Lil Pump is only 19 years old. He is a teenage post. As such, he is entitled to tantrums. to confused behavior. Despite earning millions, the gucci gang he is a big boy. and songs like I love it demonstrated. Despite the collaboration of Kanye West. Is Lil Pump really retiring? Our bet: no way.
Rappers who said they were retiring
Lil Pump Quits Rap At 19. So What? Basically, the matter of age does not matter a bit. The black album de Jay Z It was officially released as "Jay-Z's Last Album". And we all know how that ended.
In 2011, Lil Wayne He announced that he would retire at the age of 35. Today, she is 37 and a newly released album (Funeral). There are cases to give and give away. Eminem has practically formed an entire musical career based on records where he says he leaves it (being Still the most obvious example). Fortunately, in recent years the message has changed. As he already comments in Kamikaze o Music to be murdered by, Eminem will only be stopped by the grave.
Unforgettable, the bet you made 50 Cent before the release of their third album, Curtis (coinciding with the College Dropout de Kanye West): «If he sells more than me, I retire». And it sold more. And although it is true that 50 Cent, troll of trolls, is semi-retired, recently we saw him in a song with Six Nine. In a way we can assign a kind of semi-retirement for artists like Jay-Z, Kanye West and 50 Cent himself: their focus has long since moved from musical to business. But from time to time they return with some collaboration to remind us that they are still there. Or that they want to continue there.
Another example is that of the actor D/Childish Gambino, 36 years old. the author of Redbone said in an edition of The Today Show in February 2015 that sooner or later he would have to leave rap. It is in sight. In 2018 she released her most popular song to date (This is America) along with the phenomenal atmospheric embrace of Feels like summer.
Ma $ e, one of the rappers with the best first album in history (HarlemWorld), announced after the publication of his second album in 199 that he was leaving. While it is true that his financial problems with Puff Daddy / P. Diddy had a lot to do with it. Proof of this is that Ma$e returned in 2004 and not a few rumors suggest that he still wants to be active in the world of music.
Worse still is the case Kid Kudi, who even before releasing his debut album announced that he would not release any more albums (he has released five). And how about Lupe Fiasco?: after launching his album in 2012 Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt announced she was quitting, only to end up releasing three more albums in 2016.
Is Lil Pump leaving rap? Unlikely.