Jay-Z Says He Felt “Blown Out” Before His 2003 Retirement – Music News

Jay-Z felt “really exhausted” before announcing his retirement in 2003.

The 52-year-old rap star retired from the music industry after releasing ‘The Black Album’ – but Jay now realizes he ‘just needed a break’ before coming back with a new record, “Kingdom Come”, in 2006.

The award-winning rapper – who even threw a star-studded retirement party – told comedian Kevin Hart on ‘Hart to Heart’: “I tried that [retirement]. I suck at this. I just needed a break. But I really thought I was really exhausted at the time.

“I was releasing an album every year – ’97, ’98 – and in the meantime, soundtracks, other people’s album, ROC-A-FELLA, was going back to back…and I just looked up a day and I was like… ‘I’m tired.'”

Meanwhile, Jay previously revealed that he doesn’t try to follow trends.

The rap legend insisted he wants his music to stand the test of time, even if that means it goes unappreciated in the short term.

Jay – who released his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ in 1996 – explained: “Would you rather be a trend, or would you rather be Ralph Lauren? You know what I mean; like, would you rather be trending, or would you rather be forever?

“I’m the person who looked at the Mona Lisa and I thought, man, this is going to be cool in 40 years. I’m playing forever. And so my whole thing is to identify with the truth. Not to be the youngest, sexiest, new thing in fashion.”

Despite this, Jay accepts that age is a more relevant issue in rap than in other genres of music.

He said, “I think rap in particular is a young man’s sport.”

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