Lorenzo said it best in the film A Bronx Tale: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” No matter the arena, nothing inspires more quiet contempt from onlookers than watching remarkable players waste away their gift, leaving it untapped. Rap’s no different.
For every star born, there’s been another who faded away without shining as bright as they could’ve. They live on in barbershop arguments as “the greatest to touch the mic” but that’s the extent of their reach. We scanned through recent Hip-Hop history to highlight 14 talents who never maximized their potential and left fans shaking their heads.