News: Eminem On Rap Retirement, "I Can't Be No 60-Year Old Rapper, Son!"
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 5:55PM
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has weighed in on retiring from the rap game and said he could see himself being an emcee for another 20 years.
In addition to rapping, Em also touched on taking his career to the big screen as an actor.
"We just haven't found anything that's been the right thing at the right time," Em explained in an interview. "I have to be finished with this album and then I'll probably want to jump into something like that. I don't know if there's a movie where I'll want to be in every single scene again, but something, yeah...It was, 'I don't want to be a rapper when I'm 40,' and the next time we talk it will be, "I don't want to be a rapper when I'm 50." Sixty is the cut-off. I can't be no 60-year-old rapper, son!" (Complex)
Rakim recently spoke with SOHH about when rappers should call it quits and retire.
"Yeah, I think what's happening is, rappers are becoming, especially for people that love a rapper, rap and hip-hop come to party," Rakim explained. "You can't just put it down. It's not like sports where you know, you lose a step. You can lose skills in rapping of course, but it's a little different man and I think sitting back and watching the R&B genre, you got, at any awards show and you see brothers like Al Green come out and tear it down. It's longevity in R&B and I think if it's done right, to an extent, I think we can have a little longer gevity in hip-hop, it don't just have to be a young music anymore. You got people like myself, I'm in my 40's now, early, early early like real early. I just touched 40, but still, I don't plan on stop listening to rap anytime soon and I don't plan stop rhyming no time soon and it's that tug-of-war with the fans. Every time you see the fans or go to a show, they're like 'Yo, do another album,' so it's like that love between the two, the fans and your music. I think we should stretch out our age limit as far as hip-hop 'cause if that's the case, I think when brothers grow up they just want to leave rap entirely and listen to other genres of music so I think there is room for a little mature sound of hip-hop, for the older, grown and sexy, whatever you wanna call it." (SOHH)
Lil Wayne recently said that owning a sports team would be his ideal career after rap.
"I always said I ain't wanna do this no more after 35, I ain't wanna do it no more," Wayne revealed in an interview with radio personality Tim Westwood. "So any time before 30 and 35, I might give it up. [But now] I gotta work as hard as I can so I ain't gotta look back. [When I retire, I'll] do something else, I'm gonna retire from this and probably jump into some ownership of some sports team or you know, I'm very heavy into sports. Any sport. [I'd want ownership] of the team. It doesn't matter, it could be basketball, it could be baseball, of course it wouldn't be baseball, there's too much money to own that, but it could be basketball or football, it wouldn't matter. I could buy into a baseball team with someone." (Tim Westwood TV)
Ghostface Killah also spoke on his perception of aging in the rap game earlier this year.
"I'ma definitely be old in hip-hop," he said in an interview. "I'm not gonna be on the road. But this is a mental thing. You can write music till you 70. This is a hobby, B. Muthaf*ckas always act like they retiring and don't go nowhere. You know what it is, man. You can't get away from it, B. You don't think Michael Jordan wants to pick up the ball sometimes? But that's what it is. That's why a boxer always keep coming back, like Muhammad Ali, until he just kept getting his a** beat. Until you realize, I just ain't got it no more...I mean, yeah, you always worry about it. But that's what makes you great. It keeps you on your toes. The muthf*cka that thinks that he's not falling off, his darts start coming more weaker. Once you worry about it, and hope that this don't happen, then you're guaranteed to be around for a long time. Cause you're always trying to be on point." (New York Magazine)
Check out Rakim speaking on rap retirement with SOHH below: