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JAY-Z may not be in the studio currently, but that hasn’t closed the door to releasing new music someday.
The hip-hop star and 52-year-old mogul sat down with Kevin Hart on a new episode of the comedian’s Peacock talk show. heart to heart And he revealed his future plans are up in the air, but he’s steer clear of the word “retired.”
“I don’t know what will happen next. I’m not actively making music or making any albums or plan to make any albums,” he said. “But I never want to say I’m retired… It’s a gift, and who am I to close it? It’s open to anything.”
He continued: “It might have a different look, a different interpretation. Maybe it’s not an album. Maybe it is. I don’t know, but I’ll leave it open.”
The “Empire State of Mind” rapper’s most recent album, 4:44Was released in 2017. They also released collaborative albums. everything is love A year later with wife Beyoncé, and co-headlining the Power Couple on the Run to tour hit the road together.
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Nevertheless, he has flirted with saying goodbye to recording in the past, and famously announced his retirement in 2003 with a boozy party at Madison Square Garden.
Although he continued to collaborate with various artists, including Linkin Park, in subsequent years, Jay-Z officially ended his retirement in 2006 with the album. Kingdom Comewhich he followed American Gangster One year later.
The star (born Sean Carter) told Hart, 43, that he was “terrible” at retirement, but “just needed a break” when he decided to quit in 2003.
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“I was really burned at the time. I was releasing an album every year — ’96, ’97, ’98. And then in between, soundtracks, other people’s albums, rock-a-fella, back-to-back -back touring,” he recalled. “And you know, I just looked up one day and I was like, ‘I’m tired.’ I’ve never been on vacation until, I want to say, 2000. Like my whole life. And I was really burnt out in that moment.”
Whether he is making music or not, JAY-Z has been busy with various entrepreneurial endeavors over the years. Father of three crowned hip-hop’s first billionaire Forbes in 2019, and his assets range from the entertainment company Rock Nation, which he founded in 2008, to his Armand de Brignac Champagne and D’Us Cognac.