What goes up, comes down.
Nothing lasts forever. Especially when it comes to rap. The newer the art form, the faster it changes, the shorter its practicioners’ time at the top. No one can escape the gravitational pull of the fall-off. (Unless, to be morbid, and honest, early death preserves a star in his or her prime.) Talent wases and wanes. Even the greatest of the greats will eventually slip.
It’s hard to know when it’s coming. But there can be clues, often more obvious in retrospect—telltale signs that a rapper’s relevance might be drawing to a close.
In the interest of facing reality, here are some indications that your favorite rapper is no longer at the top of his game. When it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, when you should know the end is nigh: Signs That Your Favorite Rapper Is Falling Off.
Signs Your Favorite Rapper Is Falling Off [Gallery]
1. They're doing a sequel to a classic1 of 8
2. They're latching onto fads2 of 8
3. They're trying a new style (and it's not working)3 of 8
4. They lost a major battle4 of 8
5. They're getting murdered on their own shit5 of 8
6. They have started biting their own lines6 of 8
7. They've become a parody of themselves7 of 8
8. You start to notice the effort8 of 8
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