Jay-Z wants to quit rapping after one more album. The chart-topping hip-hopper and mogul says he wants to spend more time running Roc-a-Fella Records

By Gary Susman
Updated November 25, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Jay-Z may have the top album in the country right now with ”Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse,” but don’t expect his current success to lead to a ”Blueprint 3.” The performer, who’s been as successful in the boardroom as he has behind the mic, says he wants to quit rapping after one more album, in order to focus on one of his businesses, the Roc-a-Fella record label.

My next album will be ‘The Black Album,’ ” he tells the Los Angeles Times, ”and then that’s it. I want to make it a prequel to ‘Reasonable Doubt’ [his 1996 debut album], leading up to me having an idea for a song. I’ll be saying, ‘I’m going to use that Four Tops song, ”Ain’t No Woman”’ [a reference to his early hit ”Ain’t No Nigga”], and that’s how the album’s going to end. I’m going to loop the whole thing back together, make it a nice package, and that’s it — it truly, truly is. I just feel like it’s time to do something else.”

Jigga, who has mentored such Roc-a-Fella acts as Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel, and Memphis Bleek, says, ”I really enjoy new artists. I like watching someone grow, watching when they first get on Letterman, hearing them say, ‘I’m never going to get a chain, I ain’t into it like that,’ and then next time you see them, they have eight chains. It’s almost like having a kid. I don’t have any kids, but I can imagine that’s what it’s like.”

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