Eight days ago, we brought you some sad news: Tennessee forward Renaldo Woolridge, aka "Swiperboy," got his Jerry Maguire on. Decrying the state of the modern rap industry and the artistic sacrifices he felt he had to make to be taken seriously, Swiperboy announced his retirement from the rap game in a post on his blog.
Needless to say, that didn't last long. On Monday night, Woolridge announced his un-retirement. Or, more accurately, he claims he was never actually retired in the first place. To wit:
So let me make this statement loud and clear...and if you know me you know this about me: I WILL NEVER QUIT! I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON MY DREAM. That's not even in my genetic make up TO quit. I don't know what that is. I know the haters were excited when they actually thought I would be done rapping forever. Ha....false. Music has helped me get through a lot, and is a part of me. I will never give it up.
There are other clarifications in there -- his new mixtape will be his last, yes, but he plans on recording a full-length studio album at some point in the future. In the meantime, Woolridge says his primary focus will be on college hoops. Once the season starts, no more rapping.
Oh, and then there's this:
I WANT TO BE THE FIRST HIP-HOP ARTIST ON XXL FRESHMAN CLASS LIST TO GET DRAFTED TO THE NBA.
Lofty goals, but basketball and rap are both competitive, and you've got to set lofty goals if you're ever going to achieve them. As the great R. Kelly once said, "If I can see it, then I can do it." Wise man, that R. Kelly.
Anyway, now you know: Swiperboy isn't retired any more. Or, he never was. Either way, expect more songs like this -- called "Teach Me How To Dooley," and yes, it is a remake of Cali Swag District's infamous hit -- in the near future.
(Hat tip: BIAH)