American rapper Kanye West has announced his retirement from professional music, leaving fans and the music industry in a state of uncertainty. In a recent chat with fellow artist Rich The Kid, West expressed his uncertainty about his future plans. Rich The Kid shared a screenshot of their conversation on his Instagram story on Tuesday.

In the screenshot, Kanye wrote, “I am retiring from professional music. Not sure what else to do.” Rich The Kid responded with a plea for West to reconsider, saying, “Retire? Why? How? The people need you. The music you, TY [Dollar $ign], and we have made was the biggest stamp in culture to this date in 2024. Drop Ye about mine & V2 and we do it all over again. The kids need you, big bro. Fashion maybe some time to chill but retiring ain’t it.”

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The screenshot did not reveal whether West accepted the advice or not.

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Kanye West is one of the most influential figures in hip-hop, known for his innovative musical styles. He began his career as a producer in Chicago after dropping out of college and gained prominence after co-producing Jay-Z’s 2001 album “The Blueprint.” He was later signed as an in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella Records. In 2004, West released his debut album, “The College Dropout,” which received critical acclaim and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single “Slow Jamz.”

Throughout his career, West has won 24 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded hip-hop artists in Grammy history, alongside Jay-Z. His potential retirement marks a significant moment in the music industry, leaving fans and fellow artists hoping he will reconsider his decision.