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Best Rappers Turned Actors of All Time

Updated on March 5, 2017

Rapper-Actors in Action

Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding, Jr. made Boyz N The Hood a classic movie from the get go.
Ice Cube and Cuba Gooding, Jr. made Boyz N The Hood a classic movie from the get go. | Source
Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rouke played as enemies in Bullet. Tupac played the role of Tank the gangster.
Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rouke played as enemies in Bullet. Tupac played the role of Tank the gangster. | Source
Rapper DMX starred in the film called Belly. Rap Stars Nas and Method Man also co-star in the hit movie.
Rapper DMX starred in the film called Belly. Rap Stars Nas and Method Man also co-star in the hit movie. | Source
Ice T and Wesley Snipes star in New Jack City. Ice T and Mario Van Peebles play as detectives pursuing the drug Cartel.
Ice T and Wesley Snipes star in New Jack City. Ice T and Mario Van Peebles play as detectives pursuing the drug Cartel. | Source
Rapper Method Man stars with rap artist Redman in the film How High.
Rapper Method Man stars with rap artist Redman in the film How High. | Source
Reese Witherspoon and Marl Wahlberg star together in the suspense film "Fear".
Reese Witherspoon and Marl Wahlberg star together in the suspense film "Fear". | Source
L/L/ Cool J played a lead role in S.W.A.T.
L/L/ Cool J played a lead role in S.W.A.T. | Source

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Best Rapper-Actors in History

1. Mark Wahlberg: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch had some success in hip hop but, not compared to what he has achieved as an actor in Hollywood. He also models and is a television producer. He has a whole slew of hits on the big screen including: The Fighter, Fear, Planet of the Apes, Four Brothers, Boogie Nights, Ted and Max Payne. Wahlberg's first film was in 1993. He currently stars in a reality show about his family called "Wahlberger's". .

2. Will Smith: The Fresh Prince first gained television fame for starring in, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for six seasons. Besides rap and acting, he also produces in Hollywood. He has some major hits on the silver screen including: Bad Boys, Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness, Independence Day, Men in Black, I Am Legend and Hitch. Smith's first film was in 1992. I like that he can be serious or super silly. He can make you laugh or cry which is why he succeeds. He seems like a really nice, down to earth person.

3. Ice Cube: Cube has had a highly successful music and film career. Besides acting, he is also a director, producer and a film and television screen writer. His movies are mostly action and/or comedy.Some of Ice Cube's best films include: Boyz N The Hood, Friday, Barbershop, Are We There Yet?, Three Kings, State of the Union and Anaconda. Cube's first acting role in a movie was in 1991.

4. Tupac Shakur: 2 Pac was more than just a rap artist. He was an actor and a poet. Many rank him as the best rapper ever and if he hadn't passed away at 25 years old he would probably be even higher on this list. His best films were: Bullet, Juice, Gang Related and Poetic Justice. Shakur had his first movie role in 1991. Tupac seemed like he was for real in his films almost like he wasn't even acting at all.

5. Eminem: Slim Shady is one of the best selling hip hop artist in history as well as a record producer and song writer. He has had numerous appearances on films and television such as guesting on the show Entourage and appearing with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in the comedy entitled The Wash. His work in the film 8 Mile is what makes him a good actor. The film was emotional and he starred alongside Kim Basinger, who played the role of his mother.

6. L.L. Cool J: Ladies Love Cool James is a pioneer in rap music especially when it comes to love songs but, he is also a producer and an entrepreneur. He has appeared in several films including Halloween 7, Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea and S.W.A.T. He has played on the television crime show NCIS: Los Angeles since 2009 as a detective. Cool J first appeared on the screen in 1985 and he has appeared in comedies, dramas, action and horror movies.

7. Queen Latifah: Latifah was a pioneer in ladies hip hop and she is also a producer, song writer and a stand up comedian. She has made a big impact at the theaters as well. She has made many comedy films and several action and drama flicks too. Her best work includes: Jungle Fever, The Bone Collector, Set it Off and Hairspray. Latifah also had a starring role on the sitcom, Living Single which lasted for 5 seasons. The Queen first appeared on T.V. in 1991.

8. Ice T: Ice was the first ever rapper to have a Parental Advisory sticker put on his music cover. He has been nominated for and won awards for his music and he even had a heavy metal band called Body Count. He is a superb actor who has been in a lot of movies including: New Jack City, Ricochet, The Heist and Trespass. T has been on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit since the year 2000. Ice T first appeared on television sets in 1983.

9. DMX: DMX is a hard New York rapper with a unique singing style. His music has an edge to it but, he also has plenty of party/dance songs. He has made a bunch of films since entering into Hollywood including, his debut acting in Belly as well as roles in: Romeo Must Die, Never Die Alone and Exit Wounds. His first time playing a movie role was in 1998.

10. Snoop Dogg: Snoop burst onto the rap scene with Dr. Dre by his side in the early 90's and he never looked back. He has his hand in everything it seems. His flow is phenomenal and his acting isn't too shabby either. Some of his best movie credits include: Training Day, Starsky and Hutch, The Wash and Soul Plane. Snoop Doggy Dogg's first acting role was in 1994.

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali

Will Smith has had many major roles including portraying famous boxer Muhammad Ali in the film entitled, "Ali".
Will Smith has had many major roles including portraying famous boxer Muhammad Ali in the film entitled, "Ali". | Source

Rapper/ Actor Ranking

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Belly Trailer (Nas, DMX)

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Poetic Justice DVD on Amazon

Ice Cube's Top Movies

Next Friday
Boyz N The Hood
Anaconda
Friday
Three Kings
Ghost of Mars
Are We Done Yet?
Higher Learning
Barber Shop
 
Trespass
 
Ten of Ice Cube's Best Films

Boyz N The Hood Trailer ( Ice Cube)

Juice Trailer (Tupac)

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    • MizBejabbers profile image

      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      I had no idea that Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark, but I’m just an old dj from the 70s, so what do I know. I love Will Smith, LL Cool J, and Snoop Dog in spite of the fact that they were rappers. I guess my favorite is LL Cool J, but I like Snoop, too. I really don’t even consider Will Smith a rapper. The rest I can take or leave. I learned something today! Thanks. Voted you up!

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      mosaicman 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Nice Hub. I would have added Will Smith to your poll. He's done a lot more than Ja Rule and DMX. Will's box office status helps him to command some of the highest paydays (20 million). He's had many summer smashes. Plus his list of movies is so large (ie. 7 Pounds, Ali, I-Robot, Six Degrees of Separation, and Hitchcock along with the other movie you mentioned.