Rap 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
799 215
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Men in Black, Enemy of the State, I Am Legend

2
812 221
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop, Friday

3
552 201
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
629 266
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview

5
693 308
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Juice, Above the Rim, Poetic Justice

6
629 274
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Three Kings, Boogie Nights, The Fighter

7
511 209
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Chicago, Hairspray, Girls Trip

8
528 223
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

9
517 218
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Crash, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

10
428 226
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Training Day, Old School, Hotel Transylvania

11
417 224
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim

12
436 271
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
380 228
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
386 242
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
364 233
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
403 270
DMX is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Exit Wounds, Never Die Alone, Belly

17
352 238
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
American Gangster, Identity Thief, Ant-Man

18
320 248
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
248 229
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
210 251
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Hav Plenty, Restaurant

21
214 258
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Longest Yard, Reach Me, Beef III

22
209 277
Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Men in Black II, Monster House, Drumline

23
10 2
O'Shea Jackson Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
O'Shea Jackson Jr. Straight Outta Compton

24
183 263
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
65 121
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
165 309
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
134 321
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
90 332
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
97 375
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
49 328
Pras is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Mystery Men, Feel the Noise, Turn It Up