In today's recording industry, it is essential to be multifaceted. How can you knock a person spiting ill bars over their own beat in the video they directed?
Indeed, most rappers are exploring many different avenues and mediums these days. Some are actually finding additional success; while others are wasting valuable time that could be better spent in a recording booth banging out hits.
In the last decade or so, plenty of rhyme-spitters have let their acting aspriations loose through the camera lens. While Hollywood is not in short supply of talented actors posing as waiters until the right gig comes along, plenty of hip-hop artists are producing, directing, and staring in full-length films.
Minimal acting ability is no requirement for a lead role anymore, especially when the record label finances the movie.
Some are not a bad watch, but there are a lot more sub-par movies than great ones in the now-vast genre of rapper-related films. Since the days of picking a lane and sticking to it are far removed, I peeked through the DVD catalog to find the most awesomely terrible acting performances by rap artists in a full-length film.
5. Mac and Devin Go to High School This comedy flick follows two high-school students, Devin (Wiz Khalifa) an overachieving student who struggles to write his valedictorian's speech for graduation, and Mac (Snoop... Lion?) a pot-serving, 15th-year student who is not interested in living life any other way. The poor acting and flat jokes make this movie run like an afterschool special with a message opposing those of traditional afterschool specials.
4. Killa Season Rapper Cam'ron stars as the lead character "Flea," a former high-school basketball all-star who works his way up the ranks of drug dealing after being forcibly encouraged to sell drugs by his Dominican connection. This movie lacks creativity and originality, to say nothing of the poor camera work. No surprise that Killa Season was Cam'ron's directorial debut, and hopefully finale.
3. I Got the Hook Up In this alleged comedy, lead characters Black (Master P) and Blue (A.J. Johnson) are street entrepreneurs who come across a cell-phone connection and begin "hooking up" everyone in the 'hood with new phones, but run into trouble when the faulty service begins to cause problems. Simple analysis: it is just not funny.
2. State Property follows main character Beans (Beanie Segal) on his rise to becoming a dominant gangster while balancing his crew, rival gangs and the police. This film is just another retooling of the "Scarface" gangster story.
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1. The Wash Lastly, this is the story of friends/roommates Sean (Dr. Dre) and Dee-Loc (Snoop... whatever), who slowly become foes due to Sean's inability to cover his half of the rent. Although this movie does have a few funny scenes, overall it lacks basic film structures and is awesomely terrible.