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You have heard the annoying clichés from up and coming rap artists before. “My debut is going to be a classic just like so and so” or “The drug game wasn’t appealing to me anymore.” Truth is these scenarios did work for small fraction of MCs, such as Nas and Jay-Z, respectively. The problem is that their unique entries into the Hip-Hop game are too often mimicked by hapless rappers.

Instead of creating their own path to stardom, they not so subtly bite another rapper’s blueprint wholesale without putting in any of the same work. Here are some examples of rap shortcuts that struggle rappers champion and poorly execute.

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