Drake Might Be Retiring Soon
After seven studio albums and over a decade in the rap spotlight, Drake may be finally ready to proceed with retirement.
During a recent interview with Lil Yachty, the Toronto rapper teased a potential retirement.
Earlier this week (Feb 23), Lil Yachty released a trailer of an exclusive interview with his friend and music industry peer Drake. The interview was done in promotion of Yachty’s sunglasses brand, Futuremood.
Drake and Lil Yachty have a convo about why rappers be so hype when they bring each other out on stage😂 pic.twitter.com/W4TmxqTKQo
— Wave Check🌊 (@thewavecheckk) February 25, 2023
A Look Back At Drake
“I’m at the point now where I just want to like, and I feel like maybe we talked about this the other day, but I feel like I’m kind of introducing the concept in my mind of a graceful exit,” Drake explained in the clip.
This isn’t the first time the “Her Loss” rapper has hinted towards an exit from the rap game. Recently, fans have noticed Drake take a more reflective approach to his art. During his January show at Harlems Apollo Theater, he performed a greatest hits setlist and was quoted telling the audience, “I wanted to make this about gratitude.”
In addition, Drake has been incorporating old moments from his early career into performances like his famed Degrassi Jimmy Brooks jersey.
Drake tore through his career hits at the Apollo, which transformed from his childhood bedroom to a boardroom to a Harlem bodega pic.twitter.com/3rCWk9h5JY
— Ethan Shanfeld (@ethanshanfeld) January 22, 2023
Despite all this, you shouldn’t panic just yet if you’re a fan. According to an Okayplayer report, Drake made sure to dispel retirement rumors at the same Apollo show last month. “I’ve thought about a bunch of things in life, but at this moment in time, none of those things are stopping making music for you. So I’ll be here for you for a little bit at least,” he said.
Artists And Retirement
At 36 years old, Drake certainly isn’t a rookie anymore. But even if retirement is on the horizon, it’s doubtful that we’ll never hear from him again.
For artists like Jay-Z and 50 Cent, who once ran the rap industry before diverting to other affairs, the music never stops being a priority.
After his 2003 retirement, Jay went on to release “Kingdom Come,” “American Gangster,” “The Blueprint 3,” “Watch the Throne,” “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” and “4:44.” Meanwhile, 50 put out 3 more albums after his 2007 retirement threat.
With Drake being the most prolific rapper working today, it would be surprising for him to hang up the towel right now. Still, the ‘Knife Talk’ artist has made some unexpected moves before.
Written by Dreema Carrington
Edited by Nikita Serdiuk
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