Andre Benjamin returns to the big screen in Jimi: All Is By My Side, one of this fall’s most buzzworthy films. The movie explores Jimi Hendrix’s life between 1966 and 1967, culminating with the legend preparing to take the U.S. by storm at the Monterey International Pop Festival. Along the way, Hendrix goes from a struggling New York blues guitarist to the cusp of rock stardom in London.
When we were freshmen in high school ten years ago, Eminem’s portrayal of struggling rapper Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith (A.K.A. himself) in 8 Mile was an inspiration. The monster hit “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack became our personal pump up jam to run laps during gym class, and gave us the confidence to take that “one shot” and ask Jenna to the prom, try out for the class play, or pass that chem test! Plus it was also notable for changing the way we thought of the phrase “mom’s spaghetti” forever.
However as we got a little older, we realized the one shot ol’ Marshall Matthers was rapping about was much more serious than our day to day high school drama. It was about reconciling hopes and dreams with growing up and responsibility, all against the bleek Detroit backdrop. By no means a quick flick rushed out to capitalize on his skyrocketing fame, Eminem gave an incredible performance, made all the more amazing considering it was his first movie!
But Eminem is by no means the only rapper who tried his hand at acting. In fact, it seemed like every MC has made the jump to films at one time or another. Some totally killed it and became a successful multi-talented crossover artist, while others…made Soul Plane. So in honor of Em’s epic 8 Mile turning 10 years old today, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of our favorite rappers-turned-movie stars over the years. Enjoy!
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Today Abraham Lincoln gets reborn on the silver screen as you’ve never seen him before in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! We’re pretty pumped to watch Honest Abe kick Dracula’s ass, but those blood sucking fiends aren’t the scariest part of the movie. It’s downright eerie how much star Benjamin Walker resembles the 12th POTUS! Those steely eyes, the bushy brows, the Amish beard…it’s all there!
Countless icons of the past have been popping up in Hollywood lately. Lindsay Lohan has been working overtime to bring Elizabeth Taylor back to life in Liz & Dick, while Ashton Kutcher is taking a more zen approach to his role in the Steve Jobs biopic. Andre 3000 is a dead ringer for the dead guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and Julianne Moore could practically be Sarah Palin’s twin. If you put those two in a room with Tina Fey, we’d be totally screwed. Hell, even Benjamin Walker has some competition for Lincoln look-alike with Daniel Day Lewis also taking on the role!
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled the 20 most scarily accurate celebrity portrayals of historical figures. Some rely on insane prosthetic and makeup, like Anthony Hopkins taking on the great Alfred Hitchcock. Others like Jared Leto and Charlize Theron just do totally nutty things to their body. And some, like Denzel Washington as Malcolm X, are just born with it. But no matter how they got there, the end result is always unforgettable. Take a look in the gallery below!
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In 1994, Outkast (featuring Andre 3000) released their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. That same year, The Lox (featuring Jadakiss) made their wax debut on an album by Main Source. Both rappers were born on May 27th. Which one is older?
Slow down! Outkast rapper Andre 3000 was popped in Atlanta on Saturday for driving his 2007 Porsche 109 miles per hour in a 65 mph speed zone.
It was “an accident waiting to happen,” police said of the rapper blasting 44 miles over the speed limit.
“Traveling that fast along 75, you’re passing people as if they’re standing still,” Captain Jason Bolton said.
Andre was arrested for posing a danger to others and was released after posting an unspecified amount for bail. He is scheduled to appear in court April 29th. [Source: AllHipHop.com; Photo: ]
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