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25 Rappers Striking Cliché Rapper Poses

  • wayne-prayer
    Gun Hands: Lil Wayne
  • french-prayer
    Gun Hands: French Montana
  • BG-prayer
    Gun Hands: B.G.
  • joe-prayer
    Gun Hands: Fat Joe
  • waka-prayer
    Gun Hands: Waka Flocka Flame
  • ross-prayer2
    Jesus Pose: Rick Ross
  • kanye-prayer2
    Jesus Pose: Kanye West
  • game-prayer
    Jesus Pose: Game
  • khaled-prayer
    Jesus Pose: DJ Khaled
  • nas-prayer
    Jesus Pose: Nas
  • drake-prayer
  • 50-prayer
    The Crouch: 50 Cent
  • jay-prayer
    The Crouch: Jay-Z
  • ja-prayer
    The Crouch: Ja Rule
  • kendrick-prayer
    The Crouch: Kendrick Lamar
  • ll-prayer
    Boxer's Stance: LL Cool J
  • rza-prayer
    Boxer's Stance: RZA
  • mgk-prayer
    MGK - "Wild Boy"
  • pharoahe-prayer
    Pharoahe Monch Born 10/31/1967
  • dizzee-prayer
    Boxer's Stance: Dizzee Rascal
  • dmx-prayer
  • jeezy-prayer
  • rocky-prayer
    Prayer Hands: A$AP Rocky
  • nicki-prayer
    Prayer Hands: Nicki Minaj
  • tupac-prayer
    Prayer Hands: 2Pac

There have been a lot cliché trends in rap—New Jack Swing, the Shiny suit, “Molly” rap—and fortunately, most have died off as quickly as they became popular. But one thing that’s remained constant throughout hip-hop history is most rappers’ inability to strike a normal pose on camera. Whether it’s a music video, an album cover or even a magazine spread, nearly every rapper relies on a handful of overused poses.

Now, XXL decided to take a lot at 25 artists doing five of the most overused poses in hip-hop—the Gun Hands, the Jesus Pose, the Crouch, the Boxer’s Stance and the Prayer Hands.

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