Rappers never retire—or do they? In an excerpt from VIBE‘s Juice issue, Eminem speaks on the day he gracefully bows out the game. Hopefully, it’s no time soon. Issue on newsstands now.
…Honestly, I don’t know how much longer I have in this game. I’m always going to love hip-hop. But how much longer am I going to still do it? I couldn’t give you an answer. But the day that this is not better than the last will probably be the day I stop.
You sure don’t need the money. Well, I hope you don’t need the money.
I hope so too. Shit.
It’s hard to picture you quitting because you seem to really love hip-hop.
I do love it so much. But even if I was rapping at 50 [years old], I don’t now if I would put it out. I know it always makes me feel better to lay things to tape, and—”Lay the tape.” See, I’m old school. The fans might say the shit is garbage. You don’t know how long people are going to want you around…Realistically, if I don’t rap, what the fuck am I going to do? It’s too late to be unfamous at this point.