Why Lil Wayne Can’t RetireNovember 26th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
As days, months and years roll off the calendar, it’s hard not to acknowledge the fact that in 2012 the word “retirement” no longer has the same ring it once commanded. So when Lil Wayne recently reinforced his intentions toward retirement, I wasn’t moved in the slightest of manors. Come to think of it, when Lupe Fiasco or even T.I. whispered sentiments of an early retirement, my heart then, too, failed to flutter. Honestly, the last time I broke a sweat in regard to an MC leaving the game for good was when Hov signaled his departure in ‘03 and we all see how that played out.
Why Weezy? What reason are we obliged to believe this tall tale? Huh, “Mr. Greatest Rapper Alive?” It’s certainly not that mess about you wanting to ride skateboard professionally or you working towards landing a show with Nelly on SportsCenter. No doubt you’d probably make a decent professional skateboarder and maybe even a better sports analyst, but walking away from the most dominant team in hip hop that you helped establish is just as believable as Lil Chuckie and Lil Twist trying to sell Floyd Mayweather a pair of wolf tickets.
We get it, you really want some time away, perhaps just to grow fonder of the game since it gets lonely at the top. But you, us, Baby and Slim all know just how much work and bars you’ve put in to get to this towering point.
No one’s in it to beat impossible odds and overcome the unthinkable only to just quit while history is still being made. Dynasties like this don’t happen often President Carter. You’re hip hop’s golden child, so you’d better start acting like it. Even the most gifted and withdrawn (Andre 3000) can’t let go completely, it just doesn’t work like that. You were destined to lead us into the hip hop promised land; it’s just that simple. When you’re that damn good, you can never let go of the game…the game lets go of you. Maybe we would’ve believed you if you started hanging out with Barry Sanders. Better luck next time, Tun.