Eminem has been acting from the moment he first picked up a mic. The multi-faceted rapper was never shy about filling his passionate verses with different voices, and many of his songs are filled with distinct characters that tell a story. So by the time he was cast in big-screen debut 8 Mile, he was primed for an acting tour-de-force. Em offered up an incredible performance, and even took home the Best Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself”.
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. Head up to the gallery above to check out 20 of our very favorite rappers turned actors, with picks for their acting highlights (and lowlights).
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