Music: In His Next Lifetime

AFTER YEARS OF PLATINUM HITS, JAY-Z SAYS HE'S RETIRING FROM RAP. WHY? THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY IN IT

At 33, an age when hip-hop cliche holds that most rappers are irrelevant, bankrupt or dead, Jay-Z is idolized, loaded and routinely spotted within kissing distance of Beyonce Knowles (which is its own special way of being alive). JayZ is also profoundly bored. "I've had it with the rap game," he says. "Time to focus on other things. That's why I'm retiring."

Jay-Z has announced his retirement before, but the bulk of his fans still don't believe he's serious. Some think Jay-Z is trying to pull off an elaborate marketing ploy; others can't understand why he would retire from the hip-hop...

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