BLOG: Why Can’t Rapper’s Retire?
Is it just me or does it seem like rappers don’t know how to just hang it up. Lord knows they are able to threaten retirement (see Jay-Z, Lupe, The Game, Saigon), but when it boils down to it, none of them can pull the plug.
Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Ice-T, Naughty By Nature, Too-Short, Cypress Hill, the Beastie Boys, Busta Rhymes, Hov, etc, etc, etc – they are all still recording material or putting on shows. I’m not hating (well maybe just a lil’), I know times are tough and all, but for once I’d like to see one of my old favorite rappers living a normal, quiet life at home with his wife and kids and not trying to stage some sort of a comeback or re-live the glory days. And no this excludes Rev Run. Dude just went on tour with Kid Rock.
I propose a rule to be passed by the yet to be founded hip-hop board, once you get inducted into the VH1 Honors, you can no longer put out anymore albums. Maybe this will help the new generation of rappers push the art form forward and discourage 40 plus year old men from using the bedazzler.
What do you guys think? Who needs to just hang it up already?-J-Giss