Will Smith, Eminem & Ice Cube Named "The Best Rappers-Turned-Actors"

posted March 26, 2014 03:20:00 PM CDT | 49 comments

Will Smith, Eminem & Ice Cube Named "The Best Rappers-Turned-Actors"

Mark Wahlberg, LL Cool J and Mos Def are named as some of Green Label's "Best Rappers-Turned-Actors."

Will Smith, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg are among the artists named on Green Label’s list of “Hip Hop Goes Hollywood: The Best Rappers-Turned-Actors.” 

"There’s something about emceeing that channels some of the same qualities required of acting,” the Green Label article says. "You have to captivate your audience, be able to tell a story, and definitely be able to display emotion if you want to be any good at it. That’s why a few rappers have made it big in the acting game."

Unlike many of the rappers on the list, Method Man has primarily played in smaller roles.

"No one’s ever going to mistake Method Man for a Will Smith or a Mark Wahlberg, but man, does that guy have on-screen presence,” the article says. "Early on in his acting career, Meth preferred to either play a version of himself or a criminal of some sort, specifically in his roles on The Wire, in Cop Land, and the like. However, in recent years, Meth’s film choices have notably diversified with him snagging roles in Garden State, Red Tails, and The Mortician.”

To read the full list of “Hip Hop Goes Hollywood: The Best Rappers-Turned-Actors,” visit Green Label.

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