Top 10 Rappers Who've Played Bad Guys in the Movies
Sometimes it's a real trip to see our favorite hip-hop stars on the big screen committing the kinds of illicit activities they normally just rap about. (Was it satisfying to see to DMX actually shut 'em down and open up shop in Belly?) And even though we've got emcees claiming to be natural born killers, that doesn't mean they're all natural born actors (perhaps Ice Cube is the exception). But every once in a while, these rhyme-sayers can put on a great bad guy performance that puts them up with acting gods, or devils in this list's case. Grab some popcorn and try not to get shot as we bring to you the Top 10 Rappers Who've Played Bad Guys in the Movies.
10. DMX as "Tommy" in Belly (1998)
While his counterpart, Nas, read self-improvement books and pondered the meaning of life, Tommy had no regard for the fiends he served or the stop lights he ran midway through a blunt session. Eventually, Tommy would convert to the Nation of Islam, but only after several shootouts and a vicious betrayal of Sincere involving a couple kilos and a bunch of guap. Considering the laundry list of criminal cases DMX has stacked up since the late '90s, the streets may have literally dodged a bullet or two by having this guy make it out of the hood.
9. Tupac as "Birdie" in Above The Rim (1994)
Case in point of this character's validity on this list would be his part in murdering Bernie Mac's character, Flip. Like, who would kill Bernie?! But the drug-dealing Birdie also did one hell of a devilish job by first bribing the high school basketball star to play for him in the playground tournament, to then threatening young Kyle's full-ride scholarship to Georgetown. Birdie was cold on a whole different level and his leg-dragging swagger of a walk would make any of us cross the street if we ever seen him on our block... What a glorious moment when a pre-pubescent looking Marlon Wayans shot Birdie is his grimy ass chest.