Special Features

Special Features

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 relat…
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 i…
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 least of which because the two of them are really terrif…
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 sides of himself, and in 'New Jack City,' he became an icon a…
Andre 3000 – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars
Andre Benjamin has always been a restless artist, venturing into fashion, and of course acting, as ways of exploring his seemingly bottomless creativity. His early roles were mostly supporting turns, silly roles like those in 'Hollywood Homicide' and 'Be Cool,' but after John Singleton cast him in '…
Eve – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars
Eve or Eve Jihan Jeffers is enough of an icon in the rap world that when she moved to the small screen, she basically launched her career on a show bearing her name. But performances in two 'Barbershop' films highlighted her natural presence and her appeal with audiences...
LL Cool J – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars
It’s not just a good script that kept LL Cool J (né James Todd Smith) alive in the shark-themed thriller 'Deep Blue Sea:' with more than 10 years’ experience under his belt by the time the film came out in 1999, he virtually willed himself i…
T.I. – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars
Although he professes that he has alter egos that provide him with outlets for various personas, T.I. aka Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. proved absolutely charming without any affectation at all in 'ATL,' a criminally-underrated movie about a teenager growing up in the Dirty South...
Ludacris – Rappers Who Became Movie Stars
As Tej Parker in the 'Fast & Furious' series, Ludacris brings much needed levity to the weighty self-seriousness that Vin Diesel and the other leads give their roles. But in a variety of supporting turns, such as in 'RocknRolla' and 'Hustle & Flow,' Chris Bridges’ charm and naturalism has on…

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