Hip-Hop A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors  

Chino Fernandez
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Prepare to be part of the most epic rap battle ever. Thanks to the team at Complex, we now finally have a definitive ranking of rappers as actors, decided on by lovers of entertainment like you! This list of rappers-turned-actors and hip hop stars who can act features everyone from recording artist Mark Whalberg to that lauded thespian, Ludacris. Some of these rap stars got their start in acting before finding a home behind the mic, while others became famous movie stars after an entire career making music. Did you know Idris Elba recorded a four-song EP and co-produced one of Jay-Z’s albums? Or that Mos Def starred in a Tony-nominated Broadway play?

Now it's time for you to be the judge: which rappers should have stuck to their day job? Which ones stand out on screen? And which ones should probably consider doing something else altogether? (We’re looking at you, Vanilla Ice.)

Vote up the best acting rappers in the game, and vote down the musicians you never want to see on camera ever again. In this rap battle, only the most dramatic will win.
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1
828 224
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop, Friday

2
816 221
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Men in Black, Enemy of the State, I Am Legend

3
564 207
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Law & Order: SVU, New Jack City, The Other Guys

4
650 273
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview

5
710 317
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Juice, Above the Rim, Poetic Justice

6
538 226
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

7
634 284
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Three Kings, Boogie Nights, The Fighter

8
517 215
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Chicago, Hairspray, Girls Trip

9
526 222
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Crash, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

10
446 229
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Training Day, Old School, Hotel Transylvania

11
426 228
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim

12
455 274
50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Get Rich or Die Tryin', Escape Plan, Righteous Kill

13
388 230
Common is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
American Gangster, Now You See Me, Terminator Salvation

14
392 245
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
16 Blocks, The Italian Job, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

15
370 237
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Jimi: All Is by My Side, Idlewilde, Four Brothers

16
411 273
DMX is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Exit Wounds, Never Die Alone, Belly

17
360 241
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
American Gangster, Identity Thief, Ant-Man

18
329 248
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Scary Movie 3, Garden State, How High

19
253 234
Eve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Barbershop, Whip It, Barbershop 2: Back in Business

20
220 259
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Longest Yard, Reach Me, Beef III

21
214 255
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Hav Plenty, Restaurant

22
14 5
O'Shea Jackson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
O'Shea Jackson Jr. Straight Outta Compton

23
213 282
Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Men in Black II, Monster House, Drumline

24
186 266
RZA is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Kill Bill Volume 1, American Gangster, Blade: Trinity

25
67 128
Drake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett, Soul Food

26
169 314
Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Monster's Ball, Made, Get Him to the Greek

27
136 328
Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Fast and the Furious, Scary Movie 3, Assault on Precinct 13

28
92 336
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Zoolander, She's All That, You Got Served

29
99 380
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
That's My Boy, The New Guy, Cool as Ice

30
50 331
Pras is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Mystery Men, Feel the Noise, Turn It Up