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Notorious B.I.G. — Rappers Who Correctly Predicted Their Own Deaths

Lyrics: "I swear to God I feel like death is f---ing calling me," raps the Notorious B.I.G. on 'Suicidal Thoughts.'

Biggie Smalls has always told tales of excess with a distinctive frankness that was sometimes tongue-in-cheek. Death was still at the underbelly of most of his work th

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Will Smith – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Even in the earliest days of Will Smith playing around on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,' it was obvious that the former Fresh Prince was a gifted actor, finding real and resonant moments of drama amidst the goofiest scenarios. But he’s since become one of the world’s most reliable stars, a

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Mark Wahlberg – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

The once and future Marky Mark may never get to fully leave behind his days as a carved-stomach pop superstar, but after his turn as an obsessive boyfriend in 'Fear,' and perhaps more crucially, a naïve porn star in 'Boogie Nights,' no one would underestimate his very real talent again. He’s since played supporting roles ('Three Kings'), been a romantic

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Tupac – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Tupac Shakur had a mercilessly brief stint as an actor that really coincided with the explosion of his rap career: he captured with perfect and terrifying accuracy the unpredictability of Bishop in 'Juice' before his first album debuted. But even as listeners learned every word from one sin

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Queen Latifah – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Even in small roles in movies like 'Jungle Fever' and 'Juice,' Dana "Queen Latifah" Owens caught audiences’ attention, with her combination of confident attitude and refreshingly “normal” physicality. But after playing Cleopatra Sims in 'Set It Off,' she showed audiences

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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Like Ice-T, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def and aka Dante Terrell Smith) has been acting almost since before anyone knew him as a rapper. But turns in films like 'Monster’s Ball,' 'Brown Sugar' and 'The Italian Job' showed that he could take small roles, make them unique, and then make us remember them

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Ice Cube – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

If O’Shea "Ice Cube"Jackson did no other films than 'Boyz N Tha Hood,' he would still find himself on this list, thanks to a remarkably sophisticated performance that harnessed the rage he unleashed in his music and contained it in an extraordinarily relatable and sympathetic young man. As a comedian, 'Friday' has become his calling card, employing th

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Eminem – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Eminem hit the mother lode, acting-wise, when he was asked to basically play a thinly-veiled version of himself in 2002’s '8 Mile,' but perhaps unsurprisingly, he absolutely nailed the role, lending real substance to the story of an ambitious white factory worker from Detroit who overcomes his own insecurities – not to mention the socioeconomic forces that hold him and his friends down – to become a successful rapper. Since then, however, he’s mostly stayed away from fictional

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Kid ‘N’ Play – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

The two Chrises – “Kid” Reid and “Play” Martin of Kid 'N' Play – really only acted in a handful of movies, all of which were engineered to emphasize their respective personalities. But the original 'House Party' is a bona fide classic, not the leas

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Ice-T – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars

Tracy Marrow aka Ice-T has been acting since almost before he was known as a rapper – small roles in 'Breakin' and its sequel actually put him on the map, professionally speaking. But in the early ‘90s, he got the opportunity to show more s

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