According to Kanye West’s EMI contract, he can not retire.


The contract states, “At no time during the Term will you seek to retire as a songwriter, recording artist or producer or take any extended hiatus during which you are not actively pursuing Your musical career in the same basic manner as You have pursued such career to date.”

Kanye is currently suing EMI and is arguing that since 2003 he has been “laboring” for EMI, and brings up a California Labor Code that says it limits personal service contracts to no more than seven years.