Jack of More Trades: 14 Best Rapper Turned Actors
There are “rappers” who have yet to grasp the actual concept of rapping well and then there are rappers who have mastered the art of rapping that they have expanded into acting and are perfecting the art of acting. This is a list on the latter.
Check out our list of the 14 best rappers turned actors.
LL Cool J
We don’t know what’s better, LL Cool J’s rap career or his acting career. The multi-talented actor managed to accomplish an impressive career in both dynamics.
What I love about Queen Latifah is that her career continues to evolve since she got her start in rapping and later acting.
Some may argue he’s more of an actor than he is a rapper and I would politely remind us he gave us rap classics like “Summertime” “Parent’s Just Don’t Understand” and the most known TV show intro “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”
Aside from rapping and acting, RZA has his hands on lots of parts when it comes to Hollywood as he’s also directed, produced, and created his own original content.
Kids today will never know the Ice T before the Law and Order: SVU.
These days, Eve is slaying as she lives comfortably as a billionaire’s wife, but before she was married, she was a rapper from Philly rocking red hair and dog paw tattoos turned actress with her own UPN series.
Whether you love or hate him and all his antics, everything, especially when it comes to Hollywood, 50 Cent touches is a good project (i.e. Power).
Kids these day will never know that before he was creating kid-friendly movies he was flipping the bird to the police with his politically-charged (and one of my favorite songs of all time) music with his group NWA.
Unfortunately Tupac Shakur past before we could really see how far his rap and acting career would take him, but he was a natural in both fields.
Marky Mark may not be the most sought after rapper but he is a pretty sought after actor.
Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def
Changing his name or not, Mos Def is one of the most talented hybrid rappers/actors there is.
Benjamin may have said goodbye to his days as 1/2 of Outkast but he’s not stepping away from the limelight anytime soon. The rapper/actor recently starred in High Life.
Donald Glover (Childish Gambino)
With Childish it’s like who came first, the chicken or the egg. It seems like he built two careers at the same time as he was writing music and writing TV scripts for shows like ‘The Community’.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Common became an EGOT recipient with all this talents.