FROM RHYMES TO REELS: The Best Rappers Turned Actors

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Hip-hop is all about the persona, which is why it shouldn’t be surprising that so many rappers make good actors.

Eschewing their given names, rappers christen themselves by design and create characters that they act out in their music.

These characters can be closely based on their real lives or total inventions, but acting in a movie really isn’t a huge step away from this.

And though few rappers have reached blockbuster heights, plenty of them have carved out respectable footholds in the world of film.

(Sorry Mark Wahlberg: you’re a great actor, but that “rapping” career barely counts.)

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