T.I. (Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.)
Author, actor, rapper – is there anything T.I. can’t do? Whether it’s in box-office smash Takers, ATL, or American Gangster, T.I. has shown he’s a musician-slash-rapper with chops in both departments. Ex-con Tip brings a hood realness to the big screen (and is no slouch in the comedy department either).
50 Cent (Curtis Jackson)
The go-to tough guy for action-casting-by-numbers: see the imminent testosterone-pumped Escape Plan, which stars fellow usual suspects Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Vinnie Jones. How Fiddy has been cast alongside Pacino and De Niro (ok, in the so-so Righteous Kill is a testament to his can-do attitude and not, sadly, his acting. However, his real-life ability to dodge death is a skillset that shines bright on an action movie CV.
Ludacris (Chris Bridges)
A seasoned silver screen pro, having starred in Max PayneRocknrolla, the critically-acclaimed Crash and yes, Fred Claus.
20th Century Fox
LL Cool J (James Todd Smith III)
One of the original rapper-slash-actors, LL Cool J's made some dubious choices of late. He should be remembered for his acting chops in In Too Deep, as underworld G "God."
Common (Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.)
Common may be the nice guy of Chicago rap and yes, he seems to be carving out a comedy niche (Date Night,Movie 43, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet 2), but he can do badass flicks too: Smokin’ Aces, Wanted and Terminator: Salvation.
Mos Def (Dante Terrell Smith)
Mos Def is another one of rap’s good guys and his filmography reflects this (Be Kind Rewind, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy etc.). But he’s also seen some action in the likes of Civil Brand and The Italian Job.
Buena Vista Pictures
Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson)
The Boyz in the Hood star has gone on to a varied film career – highlights like Three Kings , Rampart and guilty pleasure Anaconda snuggle right up next to duds like Torque and Are We There Yet?
Method Man (Clifford Smith)
You know, played Baltimore drug dealer Cheese on The Wire. And a lot of other stuff that isn't quite as awesome as that. But early movies like Belly and Cop Land saw him thugged out enough to make this list.
Big Dog Films