Westside Gunn is considering retiring from rap once 2023 is over.
In a series of tweets, the Griselda rapper began his farewell by saying he has nothing else left to prove. “23’ def my last year doing this shit, I don’t have nothing else 2prove, I put my team on, I put my city on, I worked w/everybody I ever wanted to work with, plus MFs still don’t even understand 1-10, FLYGOD, Awesome GOD, or Pray for Paris(mind u Virgil did the cover),” he tweeted, adding that he considers himself the GOAT.
He then began recapping his career, listing out some of his collaborators and producers he’s worked with. The list is pretty legendary from late rappers MF Doom and Prodigy to Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
“I’ve worked with DOOM, PRODIGY, DMX and SEAN PRICE… ALL RIP
Much of his tweets clarified this idea of retirement. He sounds serious this time, noting that he still wants to executive produce albums but only if his heart is into it. He was also reflective on what he’s done to elevate the culture and bridge the gap without compromising his art.
“I know I say I’m a retire all the time so ppl might be like he always say this, seriously I been thru so much with this shit behind closed doors y’all would never know, it’s brought more pain than joy I’m just so G that I make it look super easy but I fight these devils everyday
He then signed off by saying fans can still expect projects they’ve been anticipating all year.
“Yes I know ppl want GUNNLIB in 23’ Yes I do wanna make Awesome GOD a trilogy, Yes WWCD 2 is ontop of my list there’s no way I’ll hang it up without a project with my family, YES StoveGOD will be dropping, YES MICHELLE records will be dropping
He then thanked the people who were there for him early on in his career, which included Planet Asia, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Statik Selektah, and Prodigy.
On New Year’s Eve, Gunn gave a backstory behind one of his closest friends Flip who is struggling with drug addiction. He is set to make a cameo in the upcoming video for “Super Kick Party” scheduled to drop on Jan. 4.
Gunn will leave behind an extensive catalogue that includes his Hitler Wears Hermes series, as well as albums such as Pray for Paris and Who Made the Sunshine.