Drake isn’t an artist who goes on hiatus between albums. He’s put our four projects in the past four years. This past May, he set a record by charting on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight consecutive years— all proof of just how ubiquitous he’s become in modern hip-hop. And yet, the internet (being the internet) has created a new rumor involving Drizzy and what is said to be his impending retirement.
As per music outlets Shady Music Facts and TMZ Music, Drake will release his final album, Farewell, My Love in 2018 and promptly retire from the hip-hop. These outlets report that the album will have no guest features and will be his official “goodbye to music” so that be can pursue different creative interests. Now to be fair, this isn’t the first time Drake has talked about hanging up his microphone.
In 2013, he said that he was considering taking a brief hiatus after the release of third album Nothing Was the Same. He expressed a similar desire in an interview with I-D Online, where he discussed the need to feel relevant in his music. “I mean I don’t even know if I’ll still be making rap music,” he said, “I don’t know how long I necessarily want to make rap music for. You know, there are artists who are 35 and up that still make rap and that still works for them. I don’t know if I want to be that guy.”
Drake has also alluded to retirement in his music. On the song “Weston Road Flows,” he raps “Shout out to KD we relate we get the same attention / It’s rainin’ money, Oklahoma City Thunder / The most successful rapper 35 and under / I’m assumin’ everybody’s 35 and under / That’s when I plan to retire, man it’s already funded.”
The last song on More Life, “Do Not Disturb,” furthers this idea with the lyrics “Takin’ summer off, ’cause they tell me I need recovery / Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me / I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.” Could Farewell, My Love be that summary?
As far as we can tell, it doesn’t seem likely. There’s yet to be any confirmation from Drake or his camp, and the account that broke the news, TMZ Music, has a relatively small following (despite getting over 7,000 likes on the tweet). It’s highly unlikely that they got hold of such huge news. Of course, this hasn’t kept fans from reacting to the idea of Farewell, My Love or Drake retiring from music. Check out some of the most best reactions below, from the reported lack of features to just how Drake-ish the title Farewell, My Love is.
Some people can’t seem to handle the idea of Drizzy calling it quits. “Drake’s farewell better be a joke,” wrote one user, while another tweeted out “I’m sad already.”