I haven't written an article in a very long time and this came to mind, so I thought I'd write about it. There's many people that were in the singing world before they were in the acting world. Some now just act and others do both. Here are five rappers who are now actors, who you may have forgotten use to rap.
Ice - T
Ice - T who's real name is Tracy Lauren Marrow (I can understand why he changed his name lol) has been playing Detective/ Sergeant Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on Law & Order: SVU since 2000. So, some may have forgotten by now that he actually use to be a rapper. Ironically enough, he once had a song that was about hating the cops and now he plays one on T.V.
LL Cool J
LL Cool J who's real name is James Todd Smith is now known for is role on NCIS: Los Angeles as Special Agent Sam Hanna, which he's had since 2009. Before that though, he was a rapper. I don't know any of his songs but I just know he use to rap. I remember him more for being Marion Hill in the sitcom In The House, which was on from 1995 until 1999.
Ice Cube who's real name is O'Shea Jackson has made quite a name for himself in the movie industry. His most notable films are: Boyz n The Hood, The Friday movies, The Barbershop movies, All about the Benjamin's and Are We There Yet ?, just to name a few. Before that though, he was a rapper and may have even had controversial song (don't quote me on that though). I'm not sure if he still raps but he does act, he even had an Are We There Yet? sitcom (which was based upon the movie, I believe). That was on from 2010 until 2013.
Mark Wahlberg is known for being this big time movie actor and starring in many pretty successful movies but before he was just Mark, he was Marky Marky as in Marky Marky and the Funky Bunch. They weren't rap per say, they were more hip hop and popular in the 90's. The only song I really know is Good Vibrations and I really like that song. Don't ever talk to him about that time though because he apparently gets very upset when people bring up his Marky Marky and the Funky Bunch days.
Vanilla Ice who's real name is Robert Van Winkle was once one of the few white rappers, back in the 90's (way before Eminem came along). The song that he's most known for is Ice Ice Baby, which I love. It was along time ago and he's come a long way, so people might not remember his Vanilla Ice days. He now is a DYI / home improvement guy, I think he even has a couple shows about those very things. Much like the guy above, don't talk about him being Vanilla Ice because he too gets quite angry when someone brings it up.
This concludes my list. I hope you enjoyed my short little take. I just realized I forgot to put Will Smith on this list, is there anybody else I forgot to put on here? Feel Free to list them.