Hip-hop mainstay Fat Joe is nearly ready to retire from the rap game some twenty-six years after his debut album.
During an interview with CBS News, the rapper revealed that he’s been thinking about giving up music. And the Growing Up Hip Hop: New York star added that when he goes onto the next chapter of his life he won’t be coming back.
“I think I’m retiring. It’s time to give it up,” the rapper said. Pointing to music producer Andre “Dre” Lyon of Cool & Dre, Joe added, “He doesn’t believe me. He’s never heard me say this. I’ve got mad at all the other rappers who said they’re retiring and they came back. No, I’m a strong advocate against that. So…I’ve been flirting with it. I’m like a 85 percent gone.”
The announcement comes ahead of Joe’s 11th studio album, Family Ties, which is set to drop this Friday.
To get fans excited, the rapper recently shared the visuals for his new single, “Deep,” which will appear on the album.
While the rapper may give up music, Joe plans to continue acting and hopes to spend more time with his family.
Mentioning his daughter, the rapper said, “I want to make sure every time she turns around, her dad is there when she looks around and I’m there for her. “
The father of three also called his son, who has autism, the source of all his “blessings.”