Rappers turned actors

It’s Sunday – what is a better start to this day than some new hip hop…? This week, the topic isn’t as serious as it might be otherwise. Today, I’d like to pay my regards to all the rappers out there who have endeavoured into movie acting.

I came to think of the topic as I was looking at the new Westworld Season III trailer. And there was Kid Cudi in it.

He’s not new to acting. He’s got 34 credits as actor on IMDB. My first interaction with Kid Cudi as an actor was probably the other HBO series How To Make It In America.

Rappers acting

The next I came to think of was that just the other day, I did the classic sit in front of the TV and don’t know what to watch-thing and I watched a couple of trailers on Netflix and saw André Benjamin (André 3000), starring in a new Netflix movie called High Life also starring the pale guy from Twilight, Robert Pattinson.

So I got into it and googled ”rappers acting” and quickly realized that almost all popular rappers in the past two decades has ventured into rapping: Ice Cube (66 acting credits), Eminem (58), 50 Cent (57 credits), Common (65), Snoop Dogg (162!), and many more.

Jay Z

Then I realized some music videos actually counts towards the IMDB score, but all of the above have starred in major movies. But one thing that stood out was Jay Z. He has never ventured into acting. There’s good money in acting and as we know, Jay Z has declared himself as a business man from when he rapped:”I’m not a business man, I am business, man”

”I’m not a business man, I am business, man”

Diamons from Sierra Leone (Remix

I believe the primary reason for him not acting is he wants to brand himself as a business man rather than actor for entertainment. Did you know he owns multiple businesses: an UBER kind-of-service for jet planes, his music label Roc-A-Fella Records, he’s a sports agent with some of the biggest name in the business and now runs a venture capital firm called Arrive who has invested in businesses such as Robinhood, the now ridiculously successful investment app.

I wish him further success in the business world, as well as a new album, as his most recent album – 4:44 – still is in rotation at home.


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