Miami rapper SpaceGhostPurpp has been having a rough couple of year. After working closely with A$AP Rocky as he started to amass fans (and even producing a few tracks on Rocky's debut mixtape Live.Love.A$AP), Purpp and the A$AP Mob bitterly parted ways. Fast forward to today, when Purpp announced (via his manager Kadafi) that he would be retiring from rap. In the announcement that came via a Facebook post, Kadafi said, "SPACEGHOSTPURRP MUNEY JORDAN will only stick to producing he will not be rappin." Surprisingly, this isn't the first time Purpp's threatened to quit, as he mentioned in late 2012 that he would be departing from the "shady ass rap game." In hopes that he isn't done yet, we compiled a list of rappers who recently announced their retirement, before putting out a new song or project soon after. Check it out…
In October of 2010, beloved alternative star Kid Cudi told MTV, "I'm just over rapping. I don't get any fulfillment out of it anymore." As his fans anxiously digested the statement, they luckily weren't left hanging for too long. Just 12 days later, Cudi dropped his highly anticipated Man On The Moon II album.
Waka Flocka Flame
In July of 2011, everyone's favorite wild boy Waka Flocka told interviewer Ryan Cameron that he would be quitting rap, admitting, "I’m tired of going through what I go through, and punk asses always rain on my world." He continued, "I’d rather work at Walmart than rap, and that’s my word on God." His word didn't last too long, as he put out a new mixtape in LeBron Flocka James 3 just three months later.
In April of 2012, Nicki Minaj spoke to UK radio host Tim Westwood about her Twitter hiatus and her views on the rap game. In the conversation, she went on to wonder (in the third person), "the Kid is thinking maybe she should leave the game." Nicki would go on to drop a new single called "The Boys" five months later, and a reissue of her second album with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up just two months after that.
On September 5 of 2012, Lupe went on a Twitter rant about fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef, saying, "i have spoken peace only 2 receive vitriol and malice in return." He went on to explain, "i see no comfort further along this path only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this." He released Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 just 20 days later.
In late December of 2012, fashion darling Azealia Banks told Hypetrak TV, "I don't want to rap anymore, because I think it's easy and kinda tacky. It's very unlady-like." True as that may be, Azealia returned to rapping just four months later with her Lil Internet-produced hit single "Yung Rapunxel."