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A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors

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.

If you like these rappers-turned-actors, be sure to check out our list of the best rapper movies.

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  • 1
    685
    190

    Will Smith

    Men in Black, Enemy of the State
  • 2
    661
    200

    Ice Cube

    Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop
  • 3
    571
    246
    8 Mile, Funny People
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  • 4
    464
    195

    Ice-T

    Law & Order: SVU, New Jack City
  • 5
    589
    271

    Tupac

    Juice, Above the Rim
  • 6
    423
    183

    Queen Latifah

    Chicago, Hairspray
  • 7
    509
    237

    Mark Wahlberg

    Three Kings, Boogie Nights
  • 8
    424
    192
    Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea
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  • 9
    411
    186

    Ludacris

    Crash, Fast & Furious 6
  • 10
    355
    175

    Idris Elba

    The Wire, Luther
  • 11
    373
    187

    Snoop Dogg

    Training Day, Old School
  • 12
    390
    208
    Get Rich or Die Tryin', Escape Plan
  • 13
    312
    175
    American Gangster, Now You See Me
  • 14
    334
    198
    Exit Wounds, Never Die Alone
  • 15
    311
    184

    Mos Def

    16 Blocks, The Italian Job
  • 16
    282
    182
    Jimi: All Is by My Side, Idlewilde
  • 17
    276
    187
    American Gangster, Identity Thief
  • 18
    261
    183

    Method Man

    Scary Movie 3, Garden State
  • 19
    198
    180
    Barbershop, Whip It
  • 20
    45
    27

    O'Shea Jackson Jr.

    Straight Outta Compton
  • 21
    172
    194

    Lauryn Hill

    Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Hav Plenty
  • 22
    175
    199

    Nelly

    The Longest Yard, Reach Me
  • 23
    165
    227

    Nick Cannon

    Men in Black II, Monster House
  • 24
    139
    208

    RZA

    Kill Bill Volume 1, American Gangster
  • 25
    86
    156
    Degrassi: The Next Generation, Charlie Bartlett