Retirement is a controversial topic in Hip Hop. Most rappers say they’re going to hang their microphone up but always find their way back in the studio. Young Thug, who’s having a fiery run lately, has a retirement plan already set, and he’s looking to stick to it.
In Billboard’s latest cover story with Thugga and Gunna, the YSL leader shed light on those retirement plans, and he’s not going to be one of those rappers going into their late 40s and early 50s still dropping albums.
“I just don’t want to be a certain age and still rapping,” Young Thug said. “I’d rather start doing a different thing. It ain’t even about nobody else, it’s just about me and my integrity and how I want to be looked at. Why would I be 45 or 50 years old trying to record albums? When I’m 50 years old, I know 80% of the world is motherfucking 15 to 24.”
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He continued, “What the fuck am I trying to make an album at 50 for? Why? I’ll sell a song to Chanel when I’m 45 or 50. I’ll send three or four songs to Balmain. As far as trying to rap, fuck no, I ain’t doing it. It’s not [that I have] a problem with it, it’s a problem with me doing it. I don’t want to do it at that point. I got other business and other shit to be doing. I got kids that gonna need more attention from me in 10 years.”
Young Thug has more work to do before retiring, such as jumping on new collaborations with artists like Conway The Machine. The Griselda rapper stopped by ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby and was asked by co-host Jalen Rose who he’d like to work with.
“Dr. Dre. I want to get locked in a room with Dr. Dre. I know we can make some magic there,” Conway replied before adding, “But on a rapper side, I really want to work with Young Thug. I like Young Thug’s stuff.”