Lil’ Wayne’s retirement is pretty low on the totem pole of things that shake the world, but in a recent interview the rapper made a statement that got me thinking.

Speaking to MTV News, the Young Money front man expressed his thoughts on possibly leaving the game early. So why would Wayne leave when he is arguably in his prime? The “How To Love” rapper explained why he is thinking about retirement after his next album The Carter IV drops later this summer, saying:

“I’m so settled in my life right now. I have my kids; they’re wonderful. My daughter has her career ahead of her now. I have to focus on that, and I have to put the same focus that I put in my career…I want to become a better father, I want to become a better man to my woman, and those things take time. and time takes away from this. So the honest answer to that [retirement] question is, I don’t know. Maybe so.”


The yes or no of Weezy’s retirement isn’t what has me thinking. I’ll leave the debate about whether or not he should to fans of his music. What does strike me is his logic for why. Wayne seems to think that taking time away from the lifestyle he has become known for is the only way to fully dedicate himself to being the father and mate he could be. And while that statement in and of itself isn’t shocking- the number of men who share that logic is.

If I had a nickel for every guy I’ve heard talk about having to walk away from their lives now to become the grown man they envision, I’d be Murdoch pre News of The World Hacking scandal rich. Admittedly, women who are working on careers have those caveats too. You know the “when I make it to this position, get this office, make it to this bracket” then I’ll worry about settling down. But for some men, especially those with goals tied to lifestyle for than achievement, taking time off seems to be the only conceivable way to make time to be the man they want to be.

As I grow more in love and my thinking of it, I’ve realized that preparedness is a tricky subject, but an avoidable one. Personally, I feel no one is ever ready for love, but healthy relationships have a fighting chance when both individuals have been building towards it.

What are your thoughts on the retirement theory? Do guys need time off to become the men they aspire to be? Weigh in Clutchettes and gents- let’s talk about it!

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