At this point listeners seem to expect every successful rap artist out there to try their hand in acting. It’s a musical tradition that’s been passed down since the advent of sound in film, albeit one that the world of rap has latched on to hard. Since the early 1990s, rappers and hip-hop artists have been conquering the world of movies… or so it seems. For every Will Smith or Ice Cube, there are several performers whose acting chops have failed to sync with mainstream audiences. From platinum performers to one-hit wonders, here are 15 rappers who failed to conquer mainstream movies.
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Though Coolio’s rapping career can be boiled down to his (admittedly iconic) one hit-wonder “Gangster’s Paradise”, he did manage to worm his way into Hollywood films while still popular. Unfortunately, the majority of his parts were minuscule. Since failing to find breakout mainstream success Coolio has been working in low-budget sector, headlining straight-to-video junk with titles like Dracula 3000 and occasionally getting a TV guest spot on shows like Futurama.