More Rappers Should Transition Into Acting
Everybody wants to get their hand in Hollywood right, why not, especially rappers, whether its producing music scores for big movies or producing films from their own studios, and nowadays you see a big portion of the hip hop world step into the acting world which isn't a bad decision, but not everyone can do it. There had been rappers that failed but a lot more have succeeded, Will Smith, 2Pac and Ice Cube are 3 primary examplesWill Smith starts off as The Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff from dropping one of the greatest rap songs ever made "Summertime", to actually starring in one of the greatest TV sitcoms titled The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Jazzy Jeff appeared on numerous episodes and both were funny and great, their chemistry was also on point from Will making jokes on Uncle Phil, getting in trouble to Jazz always getting thrown out but ended up scoring with Hilary Banks anyway and that's how they still managed to be friends today, chemistry on and off the set played a great role. Fast forward to the 90s, Will is a bigger Hollywood star than he is rapping, a lot of people Independence Day set Will's acting career off but I think Bad Boys really did. From being the kid with the high top fade rapping to starring in Blockbusters and becoming one of the best actors in the world, I'd say it worked out exceptional for The Fresh Prince.
The other 2 names like 2Pac and Ice Cube should also be acknowledged, Pac displayed a wonderful yet psychopath villain in Juice by the name of Bishop, Pac also showed up in Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson, Above The Rim, Bullet, Gang Related and Gridlock'd, all classic movies with great performances from Pac, I wish Martin Lawrence would've had him as a guest on his TV show, 2Pac had a sense of humor and him and Martin's chemistry would've been perfect for a episode. Who knows where Pace would be in the Hollywood world, rumors were he was the lead candidate for Star Wars Episode 1,2 & 3 but Samuel L Jackson landed the role due to Pac's death in 96, another role Pac had set for was Will Smith's role in Independence Day, Makaveli saving the world from aliens?. Ice Cube is also a good rapper turned actor, still his best performance is Doughboy in Boyz N The Hood without a doubt but he was also Craig in Friday, Calvin in Barbershop, and other movies produced by him, hell he even saved Jennifer Lopez from being killed by a snake in Anaconda and actually lived, it doesn't get any better than that.
Rappers becoming actors is not a bad move but some shouldn't also try it and that's not a knock, aside from that I think Cam'Ron should have popped up in a couple more big movies after Paid In Full, he portrayed Alpo (Rico due to changes) so well in the movie he probably didn't even need a script, 50 Cent went from starring in Get Rich or Die Tryin, small films produced by him through Lionsgate to becoming a ruthless villain on the hit TV series on Starz titled Power and possibly starring alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new Predator that's slated for a summer 2018 release. Ludacris is cool as the tech guy in the Fast & Furious franchise, LL Cool J in In Too Deep as "God" was remarkable and scary as hell, watch the pool table scene for yourself, T.I. having roles in Marvel and sharing screen time with Denzel Washington, Common the same but he could end up in the DC universe. Dr. Dre role as Black Sam in Set It Off was OK, and he showed his cop side in Training Day which was alright but him and Snoop Dogg made The Wash, a classic, both their acting was good for that movie because they didn't take it serious and were having fun. The biggest mystery will always be Eminem, 8 Mile was excellent from the acting to the freestyle battles, Eminem turned down starring roles for Southpaw and Elysium, why I have no idea, but those were great opportunities that just got passed by I guess, Em is crazy so it would cool to see him on screen as the crazy maniac he raps about, the Relapse album with an audio horror movie right there. Should some rappers move on to acting, yes, and some shouldn't, but let's also not judge a movie and assume its going to be trash because a hip hop artist is going to star in it, its funny how people can become critics when the movie or show is not even in pre preduction/development.