Missy Elliott, Chance The Rapper, Lupe Fiasco and other hip hop artists have expressed support for Lil Wayne after the rapper hinted at his retirement from music in a series of tweets.
“I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I'm dun,” Wayne, 33, wrote in a Twitter post, which was followed by another tweet that read, “Ain't lookin for sympathy, just serenity.”
Elliott directly replied to Wayne’s cryptic tweet, saying that she’ll be praying for whatever he’s going through, and reminded him that she’s always be a fan of his music.
Chance The Rapper tried to cheer Wayne up by tweeting that “no one in this world” can defeat him.
Fiasco’s tweet, on the other hand, sounded more realistic, writing that he hopes Wayne would continue to work in the music industry even in some capacity.
Flying Lotus also sent comforting words to the “Lollipop” rapper. Read his tweets for Wayne below:
In the hours that followed his first two eyebrow-raising social media posts, Wayne took Twitter again and added, “I’m good y’all don't trip.”
The meaning behind Wayne’s tweets is unclear, but given the rapper’s ongoing legal battle with his business partner Birdman since 2015, not to mention his recent health issues, it seems that the hip hop artist is considering leaving the music industry for good.
In January last year, Wayne sued Birdman — the CEO of his label Cash Money Records — for $51 million, citing “breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, accounting, and anticipatory breach of contract,” according to Uproxx. Wayne also called out Birdman in the lawsuit for failing to release his long-awaited 12th studio album, titled “Tha Carter V.”
In an interview with MTV News back in 2012, Wayne said he would retire after “Tha Carter V” comes out. “Man, I’ve been rappin’ since I was 8 years old. I’m 30 now, man. That’s a long time, man,” he said at the time.
As for his health issues, TMZ reported last June that Wayne suffered a seizure during a flight from Milwaukee, Wis., to California on June 13. Because of the situation, his private jet made an emergency landing in Nebraska.
Following the health scare, a rep for Wayne told E! News at the time that “under the guidance of his own doctors, he is now in stable condition and good spirits. He thanks his fans for their everlasting support, prayers and well wishes.”
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