Ye shocks with 'retirement' message

Ye - the artist formerly known as Kanye West - appeared to be calling it a day on the music front in a text message to a friend.

Rich The Kid shared an alleged text message from West on Tuesday 9 July which showed Ye explaining how he's walking away from his music career.

"I am retiring from professional music. Not sure what else to do," Ye wrote in the message.

Rich The Kid replied trying to convince him otherwise: "Retire? Why? How? The ppl NEED you the music you & Ty & we have made the BIGGEST STAMP in culture to this date in 2024.

"Drop Ye about mine & V2 and we do it all over again the kids need you big bra fasho maybe some time to chill but retiring ain't it."

The New Freezer rapper deleted the text message exchange featuring Ye's alleged retirement from his Instagram Story about a half-hour after originally posting it.

Fans were left flabbergasted at the idea West could be done with music.

However, some were more cynical, suggesting the exchange could be a marketing ploy leading into his next album or venture.

Rich The Kid followed up with an announcement that his Life's A Gamble album is arriving 19 July and features West on two tracks.

West has notched 157 Hot 100 entries in his decorated career spanning two decades.