In 2003, rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z announced that
The Black Album
would be his last recording.
Going out in style, he presided over a charity concert at Madison Square Garden, a self-described "retirement party" caught on camera for the film
Fade to Black
Three years later, the release of
ended what Jay-Z himself told
was "the worst retirement in history."
He may have overstated things a bit. During his free time the rapper solidified his credentials as a businessman, becoming CEO of Def Jam Recordings and part owner of the New Jersey Nets. He also started dating Beyonce, certainly a step up from the extra golf and early bird dinner specials to which we mere mortals aspire.