YaBoyLV’s Top 5 Male Rappers That Are Actors
Today I decided to rank my Top 5 male rappers that are actors. Compiling my list wasn't as easy as you may think because their are a number of rappers/actors that could have made my top 5. I do not have any criteria to really base my ranking on except the artist have to have a recent & relevant song or acting role. I know you will not agree with my list so I need to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let me know who is your top 5 male rappers that are actors.
Childish Gambino is more known for his acting than he is for rapping. Either way you look at it, he's good at both. If you ever seen the show Community, Childish Gambino plays Troy Barnes on the show. Adding to his resume of rapping and acting, Gambino even writes for 30 Rock. Actor. Rapper. Writer. Comedian. Check Childish Gambino on the Community
Ludacris is one of hip-hop's legends when it comes to music. No will deny him his stay in rap music. The ATL emcee Ludacris has made a great transition into film with appearances on Law & Order SVU (my favorite show). Even disturbing the peace on the big screen with roles in Fast in The Furious series, Hustle & Flow, and Crash just to name a few. I think his best role was on Law & Order SVU but Luda did his thing is Crash.
I think Ice Cube is self explanatory when it comes down to rappers that are actors. Ice Cube has made the second most successful transition to music to film from a male hip-hop artist perspective. Being one of the pioneers to gangster rap, Ice Cube re-branded himself as a actor, writer, and director of successful films. Hands down, the Friday film series is enough to solidify Ice Cube on this list but he took further with Barbershop films and Are We There Yet. I think it would be a great debate to say that Ice Cube is a better actor than he is a rapper. What do you think?
Mos Def (Yasmin Bey)
Mos Def is one of my favorite actors and rappers. Now known as Yasmin Bey, Mos Def acting skills are great and hasn't been popularized as they should. Mos Def has done several film and television appearance and done well. The best role I have seen Mos Def play was in the film Something The Lord Has Made. if you slept on the film like I have, please wake and watch it. Another great role Mos Def has played was his part in the film 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis. THUMBS UP! Mos Def (Yasmin Bey) should get the love he deserves for his film work to date.
Will Smith landing at number one my list of top rappers that are actors should not be a surprise. Will Smith is agrubly the best male actor in Hollywood for the past 10-15 years. His acting skills and quantity of work has overshadowed his genesis of being a rapper. Will Smith has too many films to name off but his television sitcom of Fresh Prince of Bel Air was the beginning of it all. I remember watching the show growing up and connected with show on my different levels Will Smith changed the whole game of rappers becoming great actors. His films are good and even his lyrics still get respect.