Billboard Lists 15 Non-Rappers Rapping
Terrence Howard, Natalie Portman, Kobe Bryant, Joaquin Phoenix, James Franco, Kris Jenner, Nicole Richie, Tyra Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Lindsay Lohan among Billboard's 15 non-rappers rapping.
"In honor of Williams' latest, Billboard has compiled a list of 15 videos of non-rappers rapping, in order of worst to best," Billboard says. "Only God can judge them."
The publication's "worst" rapper, according to its list, is Joaquin Phoenix. "This objectively awful 'rap' was a turning point in Joaquin Phoenix's career," Billboard says. "In 2010, he told the world he planned to abandon film for a Hip Hop career and a Casey Affleck-produced documentary, I'm Still Here. The whole thing was a joke, but his attempt at rapping is all too real, with wince-worthy canned beats and his lethargic elocution."
Natalie Portman's "Natalie's Rap" #3 On Billboard's "Non-Rappers" List
Natalie Portman earned the #3 slot on the list. "Natalie Portman really went all-out in this supremely aggressive, expletive-laden litany about 'snorting all that yay' at Harvard," Billboard says. "She even upstages Adam Sandberg, which is no small feat. Everyone knew she was a good actress, but with this rap she really cemented her high -- so to speak -- place in the actors-as-rappers pantheon."
Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Team Up At #2 On "Non-Rappers" List
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake appear on the list at #2. "It's almost as if Jimmy Fallon set up Brian Williams' version of 'Rapper's Delight' just so he could tear it down in this medley of the evolution of Rap, including classics like 2Pac's 'California Love,' Eminem's 'The Real Slim Shady,' and Soulja Boy's ['Crank That].' It's worth watching the whole 20 minutes, if not for the impressive [The] Roots-backed spectacle alone, than to watch them break it down to Sugarhill Gang's ['Apache.']"
Terrence Howard Earns #1 On Billboard's "Non-Rappers" List
The #1 spot on the list goes to Terrence Howard. The actor's "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" is highlighted. "It's easy to forget Terrence Howard isn't a rapper after listening to 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp,'" Billboard says. "Penned by Three 6 Mafia, the Grammy Award-winning song from Hustle & Flow shows Phoenix how it's done. Too bad Howard hasn't announced any plans to get into the Rap game himself."
Kobe Bryant, James Franco, Kris Jenner, Nicole Richie, Tyra Banks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Lindsay Lohan are also among Billboard's 15 Non-Rappers Rapping list.
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