Complex Lists "Ways To Self-Destruct Your Rap Career"

"Get A Facial Tattoo of an Ice Cream Cone" tops the list.

Complex has created its "Ways To Self-Destruct Your Rap Career" list. 

"Get A Facial Tattoo of an Ice Cream Cone" tops this Complex list, a nod to Gucci Mane. The rapper's ice-cream cone tattoo, which lies on his right cheek, is one of his most prominent facial features. 

"This one sounds like a joke but it's actually pretty serious," Complex writes about the tattoo. "I've been a Gucci fan since the beginning, and it hurt me to my heart to see him go through—well, a number of the items on this list. Drugs, non-music nonsense, and recidivism have all laid their claims to Gucci's career at various points. He's, metaphorically and literally, 'tweeted through it,' but perhaps the real moment that it became apparent he did not have Lil Wayne-level crossover success in his future was the infamous ice-cream cone tattoo incident."

In 2011, Gucci Mane spoke about the tattoo's significance. “Everybody wants to know why I got the tattoo, did it hurt...what it means,” Gucci said at the time. “I jut tell them it’s my trademark. It represents being the coldest in the game.”

Another list point, "Beef With Someone Much More Talented Than Yourself," has an image of Ja Rule to accompany it. 

"If you find yourself getting just a bit too successful, a possible solution is to beef with someone who is much more talented and secure in their position than you are," Complex says. "For example: two bubbling newcomers—let's call them Lil Clip and B.I.—were arriving on a mainstream stage around the same time in the early 2000s. Lil Clip was from Texas, and had a funny punchline Rap style; B.I. was from Atlanta, and was a scrappy livewire/dopeboy. Clip dissed B.I., B.I. spit back, and Clip never recovered. Around the same time, something similar happened with two rappers who were even bigger—at the peak of their respective fields. Let's just say that things were never the same for Da Rule after 60 Cent had his way with him." 

"Get Addicted To Drugs," "Spend More Than You Earn On All Of Your Friends," "Ignore Your Core Audience" and "Become Known For Non-Music Nonsense" are among the list's other points. 

RELATED: Gucci Mane Talks Ice Cream Tattoo, Upcoming Projects



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  • IROC

    Gotta give 50 his props he CRUSHED Ja Rule career he never recovered from that azz whipping, sorry Ja fans even Ja admitted it along with Irv Gotti it was no Em ruining Ja rap career it was 50 point blank did it with one album now 50 career is in limbo but he's rich

  • Anonymous

    50 Cent didn't end Ja Rule's career. Eminem did, and despite all that, Rule still sold 20 mill, and had his share of hits. Oh the bandwagons people jump on.

  • Anonymous

    That ice cream tattoo really was the beginning of the downfall of Gucci Mane. He was such a great rapper at the time but it started his erratic behavior and drug use. I really wish it never happened lol

  • Anonymous

    he was doing fine with the once cream cone tat, what you dont wanna do is get addicted to lean and diss the entire rap industry on twitter

  • Anonymous

    lets just say 60 cent hasn't been selling sence he fucked over all hes friends

    • Anonymous

      i wish one of my friends would fuck me over and make me a multi-millionaire who doesn't have to work

  • Anonymous

    #1 should be "Listening to what people on rap blogs and sites have to say", that's the real way to kill your career, focusing all your energy into pleasing a group of people that's not only impossible to please, but who also, even on the off chance you do make something they like, would still rather lose an arm then spend their money on it.

  • Anonymous

    Someone should give Complex the award for most lame magazine ever

  • OUCH!

    Ignore Your Core Audience AKA Nicki Minaj LOL!

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