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In a Theater near you!
Beauty Shop
Hitch
Are We There Yet? (this is the only new movie I’ve watched so far)

(“I’m just a little anxious to get up
there and whoop Tom Hanks…
I mean ET’s ass, that’s all.” )

Top 3 Movies starring Rappers playing in non hip-hop roles

Tie-Independence Day-Ali Two of the best examples why Will Smith should never get behind a microphone and rap. It’s ok! We like you in movies a lot more than on vinyl. Independence Day set it off for emcees looking for the killer crossover. Consider Smith the Jordan of the Hip-Hop Hollywood game. We don’t want to see him retire from his real game, acting, and we hate it when he decides to go play baseball, or make another record. Unless it’s for the kids or something…..he does those good too…

Barbershop 1&2. If Will is the Jordan of the Hip-Hop Hollywood game, Ice Cube is like Scotty Pippen with an attitude. To be honest, I like all of Cube’s movies, (Dangerous Ground and Ghost From Mars too) but Barbershop shows Cube perfecting his jump shot. All net.

Bringing Down The House-Alright, some of you will hate on this pick. I did at first. I really did not want to see Latifah in a movie next to Steve Martin. After I saw it, I thought Bringing Down the House was not only funny, but showed Latifah making that serious move into acting. I think it was a first for her, showing a comical side in movies. If so, it’s odd as Kadijah Jones is no stranger to situation comedy. It’s not a bad look for her either, as she shown improvement in Beautyshop. And for the record, I haven’t watched “Chicago” or “Beautyshop” yet so I can’t include them in this list. I heard about the Razzie award thing too, but did you know that Latifah was originally set to play lead in “Monster’s Ball” opposite Robert Deniero? Did you know that Beauty Shop cleared $16,647,604 in one week?

(“What you mean can Monie Love be in the sequel!?!)

Honorable Mention
~Heavy D-“The Cider House Rules” (small role for the Overweight Lover but he played it cool with Ms. Badu. It was a tie between this and his role opposite Bonz Malone in “Life”, but I think this one has an edge on it. Heavy D needs to make more movies!
~L.L Cool J –“Wildcats” LL Cool J got limited on screen time while Goldie Hawn took up about 90 minutes of film. Not done with football, J.T. Smith makes a movie with Al Pacino and gets into beef with Jamie Foxx at the same time with “Any Given Sunday
~Snoop Dogg in “Starky & Hutch”-
~Tupac Shakur in “Gang Related
~Ice Cube an Ice T in“Trespass”

Bad Looks-Movie that editing couldn’t fix
“Torque”
“The Cook-Out”

“Wild Wild West”

Interesting related story
Ja Rule says Sam Jackson is right about non acting rapper…he should know, he speaks from experience! (3 bad looks! The Cookout, Turn It Up & Half Past Dead)
http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/entertainment/23312004.htm

Hip-hop at the movies: rappers produce reel profits on the silver screen – The hip-hop economy: part 2 of a series – Industry Overview by Sakina P. Spruell

Ice Cube’s verse from Public Enemy’s
“Burn Hollywood Burn”

Ice Cube is down with the PE
Now every single bitch wanna see me
Big Daddy is smooth word to muther
Let’s check out a flick that exploits the color
Roamin’ thru Hollywood late at night
Red and blue lights what a common sight
Pulled to the curb gettin’ played like a sucker
Don’t fight the power … the mother f**ker

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  • Richard Porter

    Well, I guess you forgot about Mark ‘Marky Mark’ Wahlberg:

    The Perfect Storm-Great movie
    Boogie Nights-Incredible Movie
    Three Kings-Haven’t seen
    I Heart Huckabees-Really good movie
    Planet of the Apes (revisioning)-Didn’t care for

  • l.a.w.

    Mark ‘Marky Mark’ Wahlberg

    The reason he was left out (I hope) is becuase he’s not considered to have ever been a real rapper. It’s obvious that it was all marketing with him. He’s always been an actor. When he was Marky Mark, he was an actor pretending to be a rapper.

  • Richard Porter

    Now that you’ve gone and ruined my day…

    …what’s next Britney Spears is not a real actress?

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Yo, where’s Vanilla Ice and Eminem’s movies at?

    But seriously, some very interesting points here. Except for the part about wanting Will Smith to stay away from the recording studio. His records are better than most other hip hop, and it doesn’t seem to stop him from being in lots of movies. You even forgot to mention I, Robot which is not a great movie, but not for any lack of fine work from Will Smith, who is arguably the best thing in it.

  • L. Cue

    I left tons of stuff out..I should make this a regualr feature.

    I used Cube, Smith and Latifah because they have movies out now. Plus the non-hip hop role is something I was focusing on. 8 Mile didnt fit, but I forgot about Marky Mark and his brother from NTOTB! (My bad)

    Forgot The Fat Boys movies too…

    any others?

  • L. Cue

    Forgot about I Robot too…

    “His records are better than most other hip hop”–Are you nuts?

    Don’t get me started ;) Somebody school him, please…lol!

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Hey, I was only kidding. Leaving out Vanilla Ice and Eminem is a virtue in your original post, not a flaw. As for 8 Mile, some guy who gets paid to be a critic (Ebert, maybe) said all it proved was Eminem is capable of playing himself.

    You’re right to focus on the non-hip hop film roles, because they give us a better chance to learn whether or not the rapper in question can play any parts other than the part they already play in the music business.

    As long as you’re aiming for more completeness, I seem to remember Ice Cube was also in the excellent film Three Kings along with Mark Wahlberg.

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    True, I lack the time and money to be an expert on hip hop. Based on what I’ve heard, I like Will Smith’s music better than most because he gives it more emotional range and talks about a wider ranger of life experiences.

    Much of the hip hop, “alternative” rock, and even plain old generic rock I’m hearing on the radio these days have all made me sick of listening to angry disaffected thugs with millions of dollars.

    At least Will Smith occasionally makes it sound like being a millionaire celebrity could be a tolerable lifestyle instead of an endless whiny bitchfest about who dissed who.

  • http://canheadrecords.blogspot.com/ L. Cue

    hey all,

    just came across this article on the same subject in Allhiphop.com…check it out..

    http://www.allhiphop.com/features/?ID=1038

    “Much of the hip hop, “alternative” rock, and even plain old generic rock I’m hearing on the radio these days have all made me sick of listening to angry disaffected thugs with millions of dollars.”

    It’s comments like these that make me think I should host a Hip Hop Re-Education post here. There are tons of hip-hop worth hearing..maybe not on the radio..but it’s out there…I’ll fill you in soon!

  • http://www.mondoirlando.com Aaron, Duke De Mondo

    good stuff, L, i enjoyed this. But i gotta say, the best performance by a rapper that i have ever witnessed is Moss Deff in The Woodsman. He was astounding.