However, the 39-year-old Big Pimpin' rapper made a 2006 comeback with Kingdom Come. Jay, real name Shawn Carter, followed with American Gangster in 2007 and his The Blueprint 3 has just been released.
Contactmusic quoted him as saying: "I learned from that last one (retirement announcement) that you should just let it happen. The day that you're not making music you should just not make music. It doesn't have to be an announced retirement. So I would never say that again. Ever."