The Five Best - And Two Worst - Rapper Actors

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This Week's Rapper: Tha Centop

This Week's Subject: Here's one for you to bobble around in your Centopy brain, sir: Chris Brown will be starring in the film adaptation of Steve Harvey's book Think Like A Man.

The question, then: Name the five best rapper-as-actor moments, as well as the two worst. Everyone on the planet would put Tupac's work in Juice on there, so let's nix that one automatically. Also, let's go ahead and nix his unintentional cameo in Nothing But Trouble as well, just because.

Tha Centop:

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5. Redman & Method Man, How High

This is my fifth best because it wasn't really acting, it was two guys portraying themselves and it was funny as hell and they were so comfortable doing it. Nothing better than rappers playing themselves most of the time. Smoke up.

4. Sticky Fingaz ,A Day In the Life

I believe that was the name of the movie. [It's] a movie done completly in rhyme and they even rapped in dialong, plus it made sense. He even co-wrote the film. Check it out.

3. Mos Def, Brown Sugar

He played a rapper that was about real music and refused to dumb down and actually made it. If only real life was like this. [laughs] He was even scared to mack on Queen Latifah.

2. Ice Cube, Boyz N Da Hood

This was maybe Cubes best performance, and the role fit him so well. Plus, it shows the consequences of the ghetto life with no guidance. Plus, the jerry curl on him was classic [laughs].

1. DMX, Belly

This role fit the live wire DMX so well. He is a hell of an actor. Name me one rapper that didn't love this movie.

Next, the worst rapper onscreen performances.

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Troy Schulze
Troy Schulze

I loved this post. I had the privilege of originating a role in a Suzan-Lori Parks play, and then I found out Mos Def was the second actor to play that role. I always wished I could see him play it. I'm sure he smoked me. 


What about Ludacris in 'Crash'? I'm not totally up to speed with all of the hippity-hop music the kids listen to these days but I must say his performance in that movie was def..or dope..or fresh. Whichever one is better.

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