Lupe Fiasco appears to be done with music for good.
This morning (December 13), the Chicago rapper announced on his private Twitter account that he’s retiring from rap and that he’s scrapped his planned trilogy of albums.
“I get the hint God,” the tweet says, via a screen grab from OnSmash. “Yo Lupe fans it’s been fun and I hope you’ve had fun. I’m officially not releasing anymore music. Albums cancelled.”
Fiasco had planned to drop three new albums in 2016, but later pushed back those release dates due to clearance issues. Now, it looks like they'll never see the light of day.
Fiasco’s abrupt retirement announcement comes just hours after he posted a new song on SoundCloud called “N.E.R.D.,” which uses the instrumental from J. Cole’s new track “Everybody Dies.” The track features the lyric: “Artists gettin’ robbed for their publishing/ By dirty Jewish execs who think that it’s alms from the covenant.” Fiasco was subsequently accused of anti-Semitism — DJBooth published an editorial called “Lupe Fiasco’s Anti-Semitic Lyrics In ’N.E.R.D.’ Freestyle Are Dangerous,” and the rapper responded on Twitter with, “Oh please. Fuck outta here.” Looks like that was the last straw for him.
It should be noted, however, that this isn't the first time Fiasco's threatened to hang up the mic for good. We'll see how serious he is this time around.