• Rappers We’d Love to See on the Big Screen

    The worlds of hip-hop and acting are no strangers to one another. LL Cool J and Ice-T are TV crime-drama staples, Queen Latifah made the rounds on TV and film, and Ice Cube and Will Smith are safe bets at the box office. Maybe it’s the animated personalities required to be successful as an emcee that make it easy for some rappers to cross over into the visual arts. Or maybe it’s the confidence they build by battling or baring their souls on wax. No matter the reason, here’s a list of rappers we’d love to see make the move to film.
  • Rappers We’d Love to See on the Big Screen

    The worlds of hip-hop and acting are no strangers to one another. LL Cool J and Ice-T are TV crime-drama staples, Queen Latifah makes the rounds on TV and film, while Ice Cube and Will Smith are safe bets at the box office. Maybe it’s the animated personalities required to be successful as an emcee that make it easy for some rappers to cross over into the visual arts. Or maybe it’s the confidence they build by battling or baring their souls on wax. No matter the reason, here’s a list of rappers we’d love to see make the move to film.
  • Kendrick Lamar—Suspense Thriller

    Anyone that’s ever listened to Kendrick Lamar, either in his music or in an interview, knows that he’s a keen observer that thinks before he speaks. This quality is the prime reason why we think K. Dot could nail the loner detective shtick while chasing down the bad guys and solving the mystery.
  • Nicki Minaj—Supervillain in a Comic Book Movie

    Is there anyone in hip-hop more animated than Nicki Minaj? One spin of her guest spot on Kanye West’s “Monster” proves that Nicki has the chops to play a truly wicked supervillain—perhaps DC Comics’ Harley Quinn?—regardless of what role she chooses Nicki’s a shoe-in to steal the spotlight.
  • Action Bronson—Mafioso in a Mob Flick

    Action Bronson pulls no punches with his music, his image OR his cooking. This larger-than-life emcee fits right at home next to Pacino and De Niro. He could easily play the intimidating and charismatic head of a mob family, particularly since he derives part of his name from renowned action star Charles Bronson (and, well, there’s that “Action” part, too). He'd be ready to take care of business and eat a hearty meal afterwards.
  • Drake—Romantic Comedy

    Drake’s number one topic is relationships, so this one’s a natural choice. Drizzy has the range in his music to deal with the lighter side of relationships (petty fights), as well as some serious heartbreak, so there’s no reason to think he couldn’t play the male lead in a rom-com. Plus, he’s already got some acting chops via Degrassi, where a young Drake played high school student Jimmy Brooks.
  • Slug of Atmosphere—Inspirational Drama

    Slug is your classic everyman. He raps about getting by on a small paycheck, waking up late for work, but still finding the silver lining in an otherwise crummy day. It’s this unyielding, grounding positivity that would make Sluggo a perfect lead for a The Pursuit of Happiness-style inspirational movie where the hard-working guy who’s down on his luck emerges victorious.
  • Lupe Fiasco—Political Thriller

    Lupe Fiasco loves to get political, and what better opportunity than a political thriller? Couldn’t you just see Lupe wrestling with conspiracy theories, trying to uncover the truth, all the while making some sort of meaningful commentary? It’s certainly not a stretch for Lupe, whose songs are like political thrillers all on their own.
  • Jean Grae—Heist Movie

    Jean Grae’s razor wit, sharp delivery, and distinct style make her a perfect fit for a highly-stylized, fast-paced heist movie a la Ocean’s 11 or The Italian Job. Humor is often part of the package in films like these, and Jean Greasy’s got it in spades, as evinced by some of her hilarious online videos and her Twitter account.
  • Chance the Rapper—High School Comedy

    At just 20 years old, Chance the Rapper comes off pretty shy and unassuming. Those are the perfect characteristics for a high-school comedy, where the biggest concerns are trying to fit in, asking out your biggest crush, and throwing a party few are likely to ever forget.
  • Pharoahe Monch—Sci-Fi

    Proclaiming that he’s got “raps like Star Wars,” Pharoahe Monch is an ideal fit in a sci-fi film. Much of his music imagines a dystopian future like the ones in science-fiction epics (Terminator, for example), so it’s clear that the highly-skilled rapper has the imagination to bring his concepts to life on the big screen. Just listen to “What It Is” for a taste of Pharoahe’s futuristic flow.
  • Macklemore—Spy Movie

    As Macklemore’s expansive music videos can attest, the man’s got flair and style. With the smooth, slick rhymes of “Can’t Hold Us” and the humor of “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore could definitely play a James Bond-type. Granted, he’d be much more of a wise-cracking Roger Moore-style Bond rather than portraying the gritty stoicism of Daniel Craig, but Macklemore is just a handful of puns away from being an exceptional movie spy.