Is Lil Wayne hanging up the mic for good? Nearly 20 years after breaking into the music industry and in the midst of a legal battle with Cash Money, the Young Money boss appears to have announced his retirement from rap.
Early Saturday morning, Tunechi took to Twitter to make the surprising announcement. “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful,” he tweeted. “I luh my fanz but I’m dun.”
Approximately three hours later, he returned to social media to clarify his stance. “ain’t lookin for sympathy,” he noted. “just serenity.”
A few hours later, Weezy offered yet another update. “I’m good y’all,” he added. “don’t trip.”
Fans and fellow artists responded to the tweets with a series of emotions. Chance the Rapper, for instance, asked his “No Problem” collaborator to “be encouraged.”
“I just wanna remind you that absolutely nothing and no one in this world can defeat you,” wrote Chano. “Tell them devils back back.”
Meanwhile, Young Money President Mack Maine said Tunechi is not actually retiring in response to a fan’s inquiry.
“He won’t,” replied Maine. “we ain’t da quittin type and he love his fans and supporters too much! #DaGOAT #Mula.”
Just about a week ago, Wayne — who joined the Hot Boys in 1996 but released his solo debut Tha Block Is Hot in 1999 — seemed optimistic while discussing his label issues.
“We’re making progress everyday,” he explained. “It’s a great thing. We’re making progress every day. We’re just trying to get it done, get it over with so these people can get some more Weezy.”