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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Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Ice Cube Friday, 21 Jump Street, Boyz n the Hood

2
779 208
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Will Smith Men in Black, Independence Day, Men in Black 3

3
540 188
Ice-T is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Ice-T Law & Order: SVU, New Jack City, The Other Guys

4
676 263
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Tupac Juice, Above the Rim, Poetic Justice

5
614 253
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Mark Wahlberg The Departed, Boogie Nights, Ted

6
497 200
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Queen Latifah Chicago, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Stranger than Fiction

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517 217
LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
LL Cool J Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

8
575 257
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Eminem 8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview

9
503 215
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Ludacris Crash, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

10
407 219
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Idris Elba The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim

11
386 219
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Snoop Dogg Training Day, Old School, Hotel Transylvania

12
370 224
Common is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Common American Gangster, Now You See Me, Terminator Salvation

13
378 238
Mos Def is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Mos Def 16 Blocks, The Italian Job, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

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358 228
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Andre 3000 Jimi: All Is by My Side, Idlewilde, Four Brothers

The Best Rappers with Big in Their Names, Ranked

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50 Cent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin', Escape Plan, Righteous Kill

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343 230
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
T.I. American Gangster, Identity Thief, Ant-Man

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376 262
DMX is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
DMX Exit Wounds, Never Die Alone, Belly

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313 242
Method Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Method Man Scary Movie 3, Garden State, How High

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241 221
Eve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Eve Barbershop, Whip It, Barbershop 2: Back in Business

20
202 245
Lauryn Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Lauryn Hill Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Hav Plenty, Restaurant

21
206 252
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Nelly The Longest Yard, Reach Me, Beef III

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203 271
Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Nick Cannon Men in Black II, Monster House, Drumline

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179 259
RZA is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
RZA Kill Bill Volume 1, American Gangster, Blade: Trinity

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62 102
Drake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Drake Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett, Soul Food

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161 297
Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Diddy Monster's Ball, Made, Get Him to the Greek

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132 304
Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Ja Rule The Fast and the Furious, Scary Movie 3, Assault on Precinct 13

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90 322
Lil' Kim is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Lil' Kim Zoolander, She's All That, You Got Served

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97 358
Vanilla Ice is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Vanilla Ice That's My Boy, The New Guy, Cool as Ice

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48 322
Pras is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Pras Mystery Men, Feel the Noise, Turn It Up