Pump Faking: Rappers Who Retired And Came Back

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Waka Flocka Flame

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In a 2011 interview, Waka admitted that he had second thoughts about Rap and was open to working at Wal-Mart. “I’m tired of going through what I go through, and punk asses always rain on my world.” Later he added, I’d rather work at Walmart than rap, and that’s my word on God.” Months later, he dropped a mixtape.

Hopsin

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In 2014, Hopsin announced his retirement from the game with a less than cryptic message on Instagram. “Over the past couple years I have come to conclusion that this profession just isn’t for me, so im going to venture out into new areas of life. I will always be an MC at heart, but this rap stuff just isn’t for me. I hope You guys can respect it. I’ve signed over my half of the funk volume label to my business partner Dame. I also wished Swizzz, Dizzy Wright and Jarren Benton good luck in their careers. Thank u all! I’m out.” Later, he would unretire and announce his new album Pound Syndrome.

Lupe Fiasco

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After being embroiled in a verbal exchange with his Chicago brethren Chief Keef, Lupe toyed with the idea of leaving the game. “I have spoken peace only 2 receive vitriol and malice in return.” “i see no comfort further along this path only more pain. I cannot participate any longer in this,” he continued. Three weeks later, he dropped Food & Liquor II. 

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