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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list ordered by
1
853 234
Ice Cube is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop, Friday
2
847 232
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
584 219
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
673 290
Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
8 Mile, Funny People, The Interview
5
735 326
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Juice, Above the Rim, Poetic Justice
6
657 292
Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Three Kings, Boogie Nights, The Fighter
7
533 223
Queen Latifah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Chicago, Hairspray, Girls Trip
8
552 235
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
538 229
Ludacris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Crash, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five
10
467 237
Snoop Dogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Training Day, Old School, Hotel Transylvania
11
436 235
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Wire, Luther, Pacific Rim
12
470 284
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
396 238
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
404 253
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
423 277
DMX is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Exit Wounds, Never Die Alone, Belly
16
380 243
André 3000 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Jimi: All Is by My Side, Idlewilde, Four Brothers
17
369 247
T.I. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
American Gangster, Identity Thief, Ant-Man
18
341 252
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
265 237
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
223 260
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
224 267
Nelly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
The Longest Yard, Reach Me, Beef III
22
217 292
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
18 14
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
190 275
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
73 142
Drake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors
Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett, Soul Food