Trap rapper Jeezy plans to hang up his microphone after the release of his upcoming ninth and final album. The 40-year-old father-of-3 announced his retirement on Thursday.

The "Put On" rapper who completes his Cold Summer Tour in Oklahoma on Friday night, announced his last album will be part of the Thug Motivation series, which began with 2005's Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101.

"Now class is coming to a end," he tweeted. "It's time for Graduation! My Last Album & Final Class: TM104 -#TrustYaProcess".

To finance his retirement, the South Carolina native, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, sold his shares in top alcohol brand Tequila Avion to bosses at global drinks firm Pernod Ricard in January. He will remain involved in the brand's marketing and growth until at least 2020.

Rap mogul JAY-Z has announced his "retirement" several times, only to return like he never left.

But Jeezy has a minor child to raise and he is engaged to be married to his longtime love, Mahi, the mother of his youngest daughter. Life is good.

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  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    I like Jeezy. The Inspiration was my fave album by him.

  • Diva4lyfe

    Congrats go and enjoy your life, new wife and kids. You have given a lot to this here rap series and your music will forever live on....

  • datjerk

    He had a good run. #thugmotivation101

  • stav

    Does one really need to announce retiring from rap? Just stop making music!

  • Indies beauty

    I guess I can start now....Argh I P! Argh I P. Argh-I-P I jus killed the club! Your still a staple in the hood clubs lol

  • You Could Never

    Gonna miss you Mr. Jenkins. Am a fan

  • ~~eb

    I have never head a song by this man so, yeah.

  • iWasteTime

    Say it ain't Sno!
    You'll be missed

  • Yoni7

    There is something about Jeezy's voice and him in a suit that makes me give him a nod of approval. He always adds his signature sauce to a track. Different from the others.

  • Rachel

    Glad he going out gracefully. Hopefully he sticks to his word. I love some Jeezy but 40 is not the new 20. At the rate Jay-Z going they gonna be rolling him on stage in a wheelchair. Don’t nobody want to see a 50 year old rapper. I wish Jeezy the best.

  • Gloria

    I like Jeezy. Congratulations to him on his retirement!

    Its a beautiful thing when you can just enjoy your life freely instead of being a working slave for 50+ years.

  • SpillyNillie

    Saw Jeezy last night in H-Town...enjoyed the show!

  • Kemi

    He will be fine. He has other business ventures. I’ve always respected him.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Good luck to him in his retirement.
    I'm sure his music will still live on for another 40 or 50 days. :-|

  • SweetTEE

    Lordy, let me go play Trap or Die..

    Good move though.

  • Misslaydj

    He puts on a great show

  • Shenanigans1

    Yeah when is enough going to be enough for Jay? He does well in other business ventures so it’s not like he’s hurting for the money.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Well, singers keep performing well into their 50's and 60's, so I guess Jay-Z feels like "why cant rappers do the same?"

  • shun king

    he inspired so many to sell drugs and ruin their lives good riddance..unless listening to a black man talk about killing other blacks and so proud to sell drugs to his own people is a good thing than i am mistaken

  • Soda

    I think R&B and Rap are the only genre of music that put an age limit on artists. Once you pass 39, you're sent out to pasture. A few end up performing in tours at night clubs or county fairs while Country and Rock & Roll artists who are senior citizens still fill up stadiums, performing for loyal fans. Who wants to see 74 year old Mick Jagger move? Plenty of folks!

  • Trey

    He had a good run...


    He had to sell shares to finance his album? Atleast he not begging the public for money I guess. Damn all the good rappers gonna be extinct and the ugly mumble rappers going to multiply ??

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    love him.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Right. Which is nuts to me. We are aging right along with them so why not see them when they are older? If they can perform, I would go and see them for sure. Whether its rap, Rock or R&B! Im down!

  • Luv Pitties

    Hell Patti LaBelle is coming here for a concert, that caught me off guard when I heard that radio announcement.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Now if we can just get Cardi B to retire...

  • Rayne

    Good gawd he is fine. Ump ump ump!


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  • guest

    I'm proud of his growth. I remember when he was just coming in to the rap scene. Kudos to him on his retirement!

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Jeezy was engaged to me some jeezy just love

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    That's like saying country & tejano music inspires many people to become alcoholics and depress people even more that are already heartbroken and commit adultery, heavy metal inspires people to drink/do drugs/kill/commit suicide/promote violence, the list goes on and on when it comes to different genres of music. At the end of the day, it's just music (I love many varieties of music as well so I personally am not judging those genres I mentioned). If people's minds are that weak that music inspires them to do what people sing/rap about, then we should just eliminate music all together. Obviously people can't grasp the difference between enjoying music, just being entertained with it, relaxing to it, etc.. People listen to all these different types of music for their own reasons. I just don't think it's to get inspired to do bad things. People who kill, sell drugs, commit adultery, are violent... they already have those thoughts in their minds, some are already committing those acts. With or without music.

  • shun king

    well the fact is you are just ignorant to the affects of music because behavioral scientists says other wise..from your reasoning i can let a child see heads getting chopped offed and looking at hard core porn every day and it will not affect them at all

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don't believe it.... He'll eventually pull a Jay-Z...

  • Erin

    100% agree blacks love to tell people what they too old to do. It's like we should just die on our 50th birthday or something.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    It's a "fact" I'm ignorant? Oh, ok. I didn't result to calling you names or disrespecting you but going by the majority of your comments in this blog, I expect nothing less than spewing hatred and racist comments to get a rise out of people. Nice try.

    As far as children go, that's when their parents/guardians come in to play. It's their responsibility to monitor what they listen to and watch on TV. Do you not agree on that part?


    Yasss Lawd...


    LOL....Leave Jay alone. He ain't bothering nobody...


    Sandra... Speaking of Jeezy who is the guy that is always on peters Street in a Bentley that looks like his "STUNT DOUBLE"? I MEAN HE LOOKS JUST LIKE HIM.

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  • Trace da Ace

    Congrats!! Must be nice to retire at 40.....he will be back when he realizes that money aint as long as he thought...

  • kekeb

    He's old enough to retire at least from rapping about TRAP music. You sold dope. We get it. I personally don't want to hear anymore middle aged rappers rapping about selling drugs and having guns. If you're over 35, please go read a book or start a charity or something

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  • J2PC

    And you fell for this ole tired game about retiring to get some folks emotionally riled who will run out & buy tickets?? lol

    How many of those hiphop.rappers or singers have claimed to be retiring, but then we look up & see that they are soon back in game trying to sell tickets? lol

    Trust...much like all the others, he too will be back again & again throughout the years to come. -um, most of us have already caught onto that ole game to psych folks to increase tix sales.

  • shun king

    dude why do you think its against the law to even speak of doing harm to the president but you can give detail information through rap to talk about killing other black men. the country of IRAN and CHINA have totally banned hip hop because of its detrimental affect toward i hope you didnt get offended but you are lacking in knowledge of the power of media..

  • MythCalledLove

    No disrespect but I don't know anyone that would be devastated.

  • Ajavee

    I agree.

  • SandraRose

    That may be Jeezy in disguise.