Just think: it was once extremely cool to have a framed Scarface movie poster hanging in the condo you bought with your record label advance. But 150 episodes of MTV Cribs later, even Brian DePalma’s mother has to be embarrassed. It's such a cliché.

With hip-hop over 30 years old, there’s not a lot that even the casual fan hasn’t seen or heard. And whenever something or someone novel breaks through, imitation and overexposure aren't far behind. The good news: Hip-hop was born out of re-inventing pre-existing works of art.

The bad news: Those works of art are now online trailers for upcoming snippets of a song that might or might not end up on a rapper’s pushed-back EP. ItsTheReal’s Eric and Jeff Rosenthal wade through the genre’s tiredest tropes to find The 50 Biggest Hip-Hop Clichés.

Written by Eric Rosenthal and Jeff Rosenthal (@ItsTheReal)

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