I’m Quitting My Job (A Response to “I’m Quitting Rap”)



This is a response to an article we recently published called I’m Quitting Rap. For this to make sense, read that first.

By John Walaszek

As of today, I’m quitting my job. Yes, I am quitting my job. The reason is that it’s not fun and I don’t like it, and that’s the truth. A year ago, I got the job and thought that I would be able to climb the ladder and take over because I’m trill. I thought that I would be able to come in at noon, and take Fridays off whenever I wanted, and make so much fucking money. All the money. But this is all just a facade. I came to the realization that work is for workers, not people like myself.

I’m just a guy trying to build myself from the ground up, but with as little building as possible, because that’s hard. What I’m trying to say is that I’m just a guy that wants to be at the top right now. I’m just a 24-year-old white guy from Chicago with aspirations. My parents taught my at a young age that you can’t accomplish anything without working for it. But instead of that, I’ma just do me. Steve Jobs was my inspiration to start working. But unlike some workers, I have a plan B. I eventually want to become a rapper and move up in the music industry by starting my own record label, and dropping fire-shit on everyone. Sitting here waiting for my lunch break isn’t going to help me reach my goals.

It’s depressing when you do an entire report and only one boss tells you, ‘Good job.’ That sucks.

At the end of last month, I made a report that gained the attention of some pretty big people at my company. Once that happened, I thought that I would get a $20,000 raise. Yes, I’m fully aware that 20 other people do the same reports and often receive praise as well, but it’s depressing when you do an entire report and only one boss tells you, “Good job.” That sucks.

I am tired of replying to emails on my 32GB iPhone 5s in my own living room, while watching GoT on my crystal clear, Samsung 40″ class LED television. You’re probably going to say, “If you don’t want to email from your phone, why don’t you get a computer?” I used to email from my MacBook air, but that got me nowhere because I would end up on Deadspin or Porn Hub. I have Snapchat and Instagram and Twitter on my phone, and seeing how much money these guys made off those apps just makes me strive for more. I want that Facebook money. Zuck bucks. I mean, now in the internet era, anyone can make a garbage app and get millions. Just look at Flappy Bird. (No disrespect to the creator, but wouldn’t life be easier if I just made apps with that little effort?) I want so much money, and I want it all right now. Money over everything.

Therefore if I can’t get everything I want right now from my job, I would rather quit. I would rather just give up on my dream of working and become a rapper instead.

I just dropped a report entitled “June Sales Summary” that I spent over three hours on. The report originally had six bar graphs and pie charts in it. It was an Excel spreadsheet with a PowerPoint look. After a lot of thought, I decided to only keep two of the pie charts in the report. Then one of the pie charts didn’t print in color, and you couldn’t really differentiate the slices because the gray scale was a little blurry and the printer was low on ink. Then, my boss didn’t even like it. WTF? That is why I have reached out to pigeonsandplanes.com. It seems like people don’t support me unless I’m on blogs.

The only advice I can give to people in my shoes is to quit if things are hard, and pursue something else.

So as for me quitting my job, I truly have decided to quit. Well maybe I’ll stay if they give me a promotion or raise. I mean, I’ll definitely quit like, next week or something. I’m so serious, guys. I have no more motivation because I’m only making 70k, two years out of college, when the Snapchat guys are making billions. Literally. Billions. This has completely turned me off to the idea of working at a job. I decided I’m just going to focus on my rap career, and try and become something in the world other than a mindless suit. Rapping looks so much more fun than working, so why would I continue to work? The only advice I can give to people in my shoes is to quit if things are hard, and pursue something else. As for me, I am hanging up this button-down.

If there are any companies or anyone who wants to hire me or help me out in Chicago, please hit me on Twitter (@JWalaszek) and email (johncwalaszek@gmail.com).

  • Rah hoWard

    lol, this is hilarious, Our generation is so feegin lazy and easily discouraged. I’m an unsigned artist that has made plenty of sacrifices over the years for my dreams and have been pursuing my dreams for years and I still struggle with getting any type of recognition let alone blog posts, shows, etc, but I’ll be damned if I ever quit. NOTHING IN LIFE WORTH HAVING IS GOING TO BE EASY TO AQUIRE. So all in all I don’t give a damn if my music never gets posted on blogs or people never check out my music, I will never quit. People will never be able to say that I quit. I’m sure that anyone out there who has a dream can agree with me on all of this. howard out. http://www.rahhoward.co/

  • Jumi

    Thank you for adding the phrase “Zuck bucks” to my vocabulary.

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  • Angus

    Oh wow.

  • jxbi

    yeah, I’ma try to steal that, and get credit for it

  • jxbi

    Bravo ! that is hilarious. I really hope the original quitter will read it

  • hnm

    hahaha, this is essentially what ran through my mind when i read “I’m Quitting Rap”. darwinism y’all, only the strong succeed. can’t complain too much though, because it’s one less competitor. stay hungry & foolish.

  • Pablos

    So you set that kid up? Very clever, you must be so proud of yourself.

  • Amber Cooper

    THE SHADE. lol

  • MariooDomi

    This one is the right one.
    No disrespect to the dude of the original “I quit rap” but this is the real struggle

  • daniel

    This isnt gonna help the kid who quit rapping so why put it up. You guys are mocking the kid and whoever wrote this needs to get kicked in the nuts.

  • kushn

    Since when was rapping a job though? If youre not rapping to put food on your table its not a job this makes no fucking sense

  • kushn

    so why you post your link lol?

  • Yep

    Agreed, some of these bloggers are real fuck niggas

  • Anthony Esquivel

    LMAO this is ridiculously funny. Awesome piece. I’m in both the music and business world so I can relate to the references.

  • Anthony Esquivel

    Its a joke bro, relax. Its making a mockery out of this kid who thinks everything should come easy. With a mentality like that, he is never getting anywhere.

  • Jared M.

    Damn, lol obviously Corduroy is clearly wrong, whiny, and feels entitled as shit. But this article is OD. the first commenter on “I’m Quitting Rap” said it best, and all the following comments put him in his place (I think). But i don’t know, while this is clearly funny it’s also pretty mean-spirited, as in I think the rapper already got the point. But whatever, as harsh it is, that IS life I guess.

  • Joshua

    Actually this is giving the kid a whole ‘nother round of free exposure, his ass should be grateful.

  • Atum Raw

    This is probably the best blog response I have seen right now lol

  • Confusion

    Absolutely not. Had no idea that first article would get that kind of reaction. Definitely didn’t anticipate this response.

    We wanted to give Kadeem a platform to say what he wanted to say and present the perspective of a young artist frustrated with the blog world and the industry and fed up to the point of wanting to quit.

    To me, this reaction just highlights another perspective and the issues that would come up if everyone thought that way.

    Anyway, we’re not setting anyone up. Just presenting two points of view.

  • Confusion

    It’s funny and shows the other side of things. We gave him a platform to speak his mind. I think it’s just as reasonable to present the opposite side.

    Hearing from a 20 year old who is quitting rap is real. But what if everyone gave up that easily and expected that much from other people?

  • Confusion

    I don’t really see it as mean-spirited. It’s a joke that highlights how ridiculous it is to give up on things so easily and because you’re not getting what you want out of other people. This isn’t making fun of him as a person, or his music, it’s making fun of giving up. If anything, I hope he’d read it and realize that quitting isn’t the move.

  • handelaaaaar

    this is hilarious.

  • Ross CMR

    What you think about this angus. I have mixed feelings.

  • Gunner Fritz Stansson

    This shit is golden!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/s-h-a-r-e-e-f shareef

    on fuckin point.

  • slayboogie

    if anyone decides to help that kid because of the article he wrote they would be doing him an injustice…then he’s gonna think anytime he wants something he can just cry and complain about it and have it handed to him…they should want to help him because they like and believe in his music..not cause he cried about it

  • slayboogie

    you don’t get it…this is satire ..read the original article that one is making fun of

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  • http://iamgrey.ch Denis Grey Sejdaj

    fucking lazy generation. c’mon man, move your ass for your dreams!

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/myownisland MyOwnIsle.

    Should have made the response “I’m Quitting Blogging”. That’s more realistic. There are more bloggers with the “rapper” mentality, in this generation.

  • daniel

    I bet the kid your mocking isn’t laughing. Its his choice to change paths in his life thats what life is about. Maby him quiting rap will start something new in his life that will be more productive to him. You don’t care about the kid you care about your views. Heartless to make fun of a kid struggling

  • daniel

    Yup free exposure of people mocking him. He ain’t gonna get a record deal off this article mocking his choices.

  • daniel

    It ain’t a joke when you put a kids whole life out there to be mocked by a bunch of people who probably don’t do nothing productive in this world.

  • daniel

    How many artist do you know got there by themselves. Don’t just name names for the sake of naming names. Everyone who got famous had help no matter what. They interviewed the kid that’s fine but don’t mock his choices

  • slayboogie

    re-read what i wrote…if he gets help thats fine but anyone who chooses to help him should do so because they believe in him and his music not because they feel pity for him…

  • slayboogie

    he wasn’t gonna get a record deal crying about it in a blog either

  • slayboogie

    ..no one told him to write that piece …he knew it was going up and it would be read by everyone…he put his own life out there..gotta take it with a grain of salt…

  • slayboogie

    no one with an i-phone5 living with their parents is struggling…cut it out

  • WEKetchum

    In addition to what slayboogie said, he wasn’t going to get a record deal off of his music either. Dude was mediocre.

    If anything, this article will make more people head back to the original article, which should result in more people clicking play on his music. And getting more people to listen to his music is what he wanted in the first place, right?

  • WEKetchum

    “Whole life out there?” The rapper wrote the piece himself, lol. It’s not like Pigeons and Planes did an investigative piece to dig into his personal life.

  • WEKetchum

    Geez. Stop caping, lol.

    One thing that seemed clear from the other article is that he just wanted some more looks, and that him quitting was contingent on that. Maybe quitting will open him up to more productive things. Many rappers *should* quit earlier, to be honest.

    That being said, all of the sympathy for him is unnecessary, IMO. He’s making his own choices: he made his own choice to quit (or not), and he made his own choice to write that story. He wasn’t set up – he wrote his own article, and got a forum to let people hear his thoughts and for people to listen to his music if they wanted. That’s more than he had before this piece, right?

  • WEKetchum

    Not only is that life – that’s life as a rapper and as a person who’s putting his own thoughts out there on a site like this.

    The article was funny, and I don’t even think it just made fun of giving up – it made fun of the entitlement, and it made fun of the idea that we should be sympathetic for him quitting. I actually don’t have a problem with him quitting at all, but I don’t think a bunch of people should feel sorry for him.

  • Justin

    Idk. Like someone else said, when I read 70k I got taken out of the joke. A music blog making a joke at the expense…..(wait) not really. There’s a positive sentiment in a way. And satire is funny. But that a blog was willing and compliant with breaking a person to break their negative/impossible life means that you did some breaking. Gangsta blogs…

  • John Walaszek

    I said 70k for the sake of context and comedy in the piece.
    70k:1billion – This guy::Jay Z.

  • http://twitter.com/troybrowntv TroyBrownTV

    Allow me to play devil’s advocate right quick; The difference with rap (and maybe this isn’t a difference–maybe it’s like this in all fields) is quality of work is not one of the primary factors in succeeding or achieving the goal of making Zuck bucks. So if you were told to work hard to get good at something because being the best will translate into success, and then you find out that that isn’t true it feels pretty shitty. I understand why trained and accomplished actors get pissed when rappers take the quality movie roles. They were lead to value beating their craft and working hard to become the best actor they can be, only to find that talent in acting means next to nothing. The same holds true in music.

  • http://fore.tumblr.com fore

    I think what you’re talking about is just a part of work, period. In business, politics and connections will always get you further than hard work and talent. That’s just life.

  • Angus

    It’s satire.

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    So you make fun of a post that you guys decided to post…

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    You gave him a platform to express his thoughts and pounced on the opportunity to generate more traffic with this response. Thus poking fun at the young man. Like I previously thought, he was a sacrifical lamb.

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    After reading this response and re-reading the post. I can see why he was told to voice his frustrations. His own words buried him though. I hope that the response motivates him to create better music on work on fan building.

  • http://studioneversleeps.com/ Victor Ware

    Totally read that in Star’s (from Star & Buc Wild) voice

  • http://studioneversleeps.com/ Victor Ware

    I agree but to be fair though a lot of kids think that way. That’s kinda how it’s always been. You’re mocking a kid for being a kid really. Not necessary

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