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The Greatest Fictional Rappers

A list of fictional rappers and hip-hop figures taken from popular films, video games and television shows. Now that rap has become such an integral part of mainstream culture, it's only natural that a number of TV shows, movies, books, games and other media would turn "the rapper" into a popular archetype. Most media - particularly if meant to be comical or satirical - depict rappers according to a few basic holdover stereotypes, largely popularized in the 1990s. The so-called "gangsta rapper" character would be threatening, arrogant and ostentatious, constantly showing off 'bling' or in other ways preening for the camera. Other shows or films have taken to parodying one individual rapper specifically, as with "The Cleveland Show's" introduction of student "Kenny West" (voiced by Kanye West himself) or the trio NWH in the film "Fear of the Black Hat" (all based on members of the influential hip hop crew NWA.)

Still, a few more serious, thoughtful takes on the world and life of a rapper have been presented over the years. Terence Howard won international acclaim for his portrayal of struggling MC DJay in "Hustle and Flow" (alongside real rapper Ludacris as DJay's foil, Skinny Black.) Real rapper Eminem even won an Oscar for his contributions to "8 Mile," a film about a fictional rapper named B-Rabbit based on Em's own backstory. 

If you like these characters, check out our list of the best rapper movies.

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    8 Mile
    Portrayed by Eminem. From "8 Mile."
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    Da Ali G Show
    Portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen. From "Da Ali G Show."
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    70

    Thugnificent

    The Boondocks
    From "The Boondocks."
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    Gangstalicious

    The Boondocks
    From "The Boondocks."
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    Family Guy, Family Guy Universe
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    J-Roc

    Trailer Park Boys
    Portrayed by Jonathan Torrens on the Canadian mockumentary "Trailer Park Boys"
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    Madd Dogg

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    From "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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    Alpha Dog

    Regular Show
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    CB4

    CB4
    Group from the satirical comedy film "CB4."
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    Brad 'B-Rad' Gluckman

    Malibu's Most Wanted
    Portrayed by Jamie Kennedy. From "Malibu's Most Wanted."
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    Parappa the Rapper

    Parappa the Rapper
    From the video game of the same name.
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    Kenny West

    The Cleveland Show
    Voiced by Kanye West. From "The Cleveland Show."
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    55

    Alpa Chino

    Tropic Thunder
    Portrayed by Brandon T. Jackson. From "Tropic Thunder."
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    46

    Blitz Comet

    Regular Show
    Portrayed by Tyler The Creator. "From Regular Show"
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    Alcatraaaz

    From the 2005 "Simpsons episode "Pranksta Rap."
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    Grandmaster B

    Married With Children
    Alter-ego of Bud Bundy (played by David Faustino) from "Married with Children"
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    MC Pee Pants

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force
    From "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
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    Lil' Tic

    8 Mile
    Portrayed by Proof. From "8 Mile."
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    44

    2 Guyz in the Parque

    Phineas and Ferb
    From "Phineas and Ferb."
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    Sweet Tea Mobsters

    Freaknik: The Musical (2010)
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    DJay

    Hustle & Flow
    Portrayed by Terrence Howard. From "Hustle & Flow."
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    Miggity-Mo' Macdaddy Gizzabang Doggy Dog Dog

    The Brak Show
    Potrayed by Cee Lo Green. From "The Brak Show."
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    Krazee-Eyez Killa

    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    From "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
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    MC Skat Kat

    Paula Abdul music video "Opposites Attract."
    From the Paula Abdul music video "Opposites Attract."
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    Skinny Black

    Hustle & Flow
    Potrayed by Ludacris. From the film "Hustle & Flow"