"Your life is played out/Like Kwame and them fuckin' polka dots..."

Believe it: Hip-hop, like any form of popular culture, is inundated with trends. Purists might get aggy about the genre's willingness to hop around after the latest "latest thing." But hey, change is healthy! And new styles are what keeps the music, the community, the whole world, "fresh." 

Hip-hop has many trendsetters, the people who (inadvertently or otherwise) shift its look, sound, and content in different directions. From high school YouTube artists to top-of-the-food-chain aesthetes like Kanye West, the various nodes of #influence range far and wide. But it's important to remember, they wouldn't be anything without people who want to bite—the very people who grant influential artists their status as influencers. Mimicry being the sincerest form of flattery, of course.

Just because something catches on, though, doesn't mean it should have. Here, we'll take a look at the trends that have worn out their welcome, the trends that really make hip-hop fans look like jerks, and the trends that are just...pointless. Here are 10 Trends We Wish Hip-Hop Didn't Popularize.

Written by Insanul Ahmed (@Incilin) & David Drake (@somanyshrimp)

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