The media is bubbling with talk about Lil Wayne retiring, but true fans have known this was going to happen around 2016 because Lil Wayne told everyone his plans to retire from rap in 2013.
In 2014, MTV reports that Lil Wayne specifically said that his talk about retirement was not a joke.
Regardless, everyone was surprised to hear that Lil Wayne was tweeting about retirement in early September 2016, according to Mashable, but real Lil Wayne fans knew that this announcement has been coming since September 9, 2013.
It was at that time that Lil Wayne talked to Katie Couric, according to BET, and he specifically mentioned that he was going to retire at age 35.
Naturally, anyone that loves Lil Wayne knows that his birthday is September 27, and this means he will turn 35-years-old on September 27, 2017.
In other words, Lil Wayne’s thirty-fourth birthday was just around the corner when he started tweeting about retiring, and his birthday on September 27, 2016 is a great way to get the countdown clock rolling.
On the other hand, perhaps Lil Wayne wants to take a different angle to celebrity life. Like Niall Horan, Lil Wayne could be attempting to break into the celebrity sports management world. For example, TMZ points out that Lil Wayne tweeted a potential Young Money Sports candidate around July.
Retirement for Lil Wayne could also be appealing because he has a lot of ongoing lawsuits. Outside of his legal debacle with Birdman and Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne also has at least 10 ongoing lawsuits at the present time, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Lil Wayne might also be wanting to put on his businessman hat more often because he invested in Tidal with Jay Z, and there have been some developments in that area. For instance, Tidal was once rumored to be sold to Samsung around March, according to Forbes. There were also issues with a chief investment officer that quietly quit Tidal in November 2015, according to NY Times.
Instead of making new music or touring, Lil Wayne may be forced to take on a real estate position because his mansion in Miami refuses to be sold. Curbed Miami stated around March that Lil Wayne has reduced the price of his Miami mansion at least three times from $18 million to $14 million.
Ultimately, family is a priority for Lil Wayne and he might feel that being an active celebrity gets in the way of him being real when his family needs him the most. For example, Lil Wayne’s ex-wife, Toya Wright, recently lost two of her brothers due to gun violence.
Although he was close to his former brother-in-law, Rudy Johnson, Lil Wayne allegedly did not attend the funeral this summer because he was worried that his fame would create an unintended “media circus,” according to Essence.
Outside of family, Lil Wayne might have other priorities like a relationship with Christina Milian. In the past, Christina Milian revealed that part of the reason that she was not together in a relationship with Lil Wayne was due to their busy schedules, according to E! Online.
Naturally, retiring will certainly allow Lil Wayne to hang out with Christina Milian and their kids as much as they both want.
Finally, Lil Wayne might have more time to work on his long list of charities. Lil Wayne HQ currently lists Lil Wayne’s most recent charity project as a “Christmas Giveaway to help the students of Haiti have a happier holiday season by gifting over 500 students with an outfit from his TRUKFIT clothing line.”
Unfortunately, unless he gives a tell-all interview, Lil Wayne fans might not get to learn more about his decision to retire until he publishes his memoirs.
According to NY Times, Lil Wayne’s prison biography will be released in October, 2016.