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
840 230
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
847 234
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop, Friday

3
580 218
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
668 286
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview

5
729 325
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Juice, Above the Rim, Poetic Justice

6
652 292
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Three Kings, Boogie Nights, The Fighter

7
529 223
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Chicago, Hairspray, Girls Trip

8
548 235
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
534 228
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Crash, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five

10
465 236
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Training Day, Old School, Hotel Transylvania

11
436 233
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim

12
468 282
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
393 238
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
401 252
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
378 242
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
419 277
DMX is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Exit Wounds, Never Die Alone, Belly

17
367 246
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
American Gangster, Identity Thief, Ant-Man

18
337 252
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
262 237
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
222 259
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
224 265
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Longest Yard, Reach Me, Beef III

22
216 291
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
17 13
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
189 273
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
71 140
Drake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett, Soul Food