The Game To Retire After Next Album?

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Although The Game has made comments about retiring from the rap game in the past- most notably when he stated that if Doctor’s Advocate didn’t sell a million in its first week (which it didn’t), he would take up a president position at Interscope -more reports have surfaced that Chuck Taylor may plan on retiring soon, and this time he sounds a bit more serious.

At a shoot for the fourth installment of QD3’s “Beef” DVD series, the rapper made hints that his next album may be his last.

“I think three classic albums are good for me, you know?” said Game. “I got my point across. I was a prominent figure on the West Coast and a bigger figure in hip hop as a whole. I think I made my impact enough for my name to be said and remembered... Last album. One more to go.”

I don’t know if the pressure got to him or what, but this seems kind of early to be talking about retirement. There are older rappers who’ve been in the game way longer than him (Busta, anyone?) who are still hungry and still have something to contribute, so I find it a little hard to believe that a 27 year old dude who released his first major label album two years ago is already burnt out. But I also understand that he has a family and might hold interests in other things, so if he’s set aside enough money to live comfortably for the rest of his life, or he has plans to get involved in some other business venture made possible by his rap career, more power to him for doing what he wants to do.

Personally, I don’t know if I agree with his claims of having dropped two classic albums. The Documentary? Ok, I guess I’ll give him that one. I don’t love it, but it’s a solid album, and enough people seemed to have gone nuts over it that I’ll let it slide by on technicalities. But Doctor’s Advocate? Yeah, I’m gonna have to disagree with that one. When I think of “classic” albums, I’m thinking of The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders, The Chronic, Illmatic, Three Feet High and Rising, Fear of a Black Planet, Doggystyle, Straight Outta Compton, Paid in Full, Criminal Minded, and so on. Can anyone honestly tell me that D.A. belongs in the hall of fame alongside any of those albums?

Although his statements make his plans for retirement sound pretty concrete, other rappers have announced their retirement, only to reneg a year or two later (see Jigga, Too Short, etc.).

But I’m sure most of you probably have something to say about the matter, so fire away...

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