Though this isn't his first rodeo in film (he's acted before), legendary hip-hop impresario Dr. Dre will be a producer on the upcoming horror/thriller film, Thaw. How this affects his Chinese Democracy-esque album Detox remains to be seen, but in the interim, this is likely to be the latest project from the former N.W.A. founder. That being said, here are some other hip-hop artists who crossed over from music into film.
5. Mos Def – Unlike others on this list, Mos has been acting since he was a teenager. Appearing in commercials, TV programs and features, he's taken on roles from all across the board. Whether it were NYPD Blue to Dexter to The Italian Job to Yo! Gabba Gabba, Mos has proven he can handle any role regardless of genre.
4. RZA – Having been acting since the early 2000s, the Wu Tang Clan member has established himself as one of the better rappers-come-actors. Having been in films varying from Coffee and Cigarettes and Due Date, to TV programs like Chappelle's Show to Californication, RZA has the versatility and chops that have helped make the transition from behind the mic to behind the camera.
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