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List: The five most awkward performances by rappers-turned-actors

snoop doggWho exactly would get on a plane that this dude is flying? (MGM)

By Allison Stewart

Earlier in May, Click Track honored five of hip-hop's most underrated rappers-turned-actors. Which got us thinking: What about the rest of them? In honor of Diddy's appearance in the new film "Get Him to the Greek," we've compiled a list of the awkwardest TV and movie appearances by rappers.

5. Sean Combs in "Carlito's Way: Rise to Power"

He was fine in "Monster's Ball." And he could conceivably one day appear in something else in which he would not be terrible. But there's just something inherently inexpressive in his face, some lack of inner self-awareness (the Playlist blog recently made apt reference to "his slack jaw and dead eyes") that's off-putting. Here, he does his "vaguely threatening well-dressed person who wears expensive coats" thing in the "Carlito's Way" prequel.


4. Anyone who has ever appeared in any iteration of "The Fast and the Furious"

We're not sure why, but the "Fast and Furious" series is where hip-hop movie careers go to die. This means you: DMX, Ja Rule, Ludacris and Bow Wow.


(Snoop as a pilot! Biggie jumps the couch! More after the jump.)

3. Notorious B.I.G. on that episode of "Martin," 1995

Biggie kept his sunglasses on, and seemed only dimly aware that he was even on TV, but it's not all his fault – this may be the most underwritten part since Kyle MacLachlan in "Showgirls." Or Kyle MacLachlan in anything.

Video (skip to 2:15 for the part where Biggie shows up)

2. 50 Cent, "Home of the Brave"

We're intrigued by his role in the upcoming Rachel McAdams/Harrison Ford film "Morning Glory," and by these pics of the rapper prepping to play a cancer patient in the upcoming "Things Fall Apart." He may well wind up with the best career of any rapper, but so far Fitty's movie career has been, well, fitful, as this forgotten Iraq war drama demonstrates.


1.Snoop Dogg in "Soul Plane"

We know. He's adorable. And we'll give him credit: He wasn't even the worst part of "Soul Plane," in which he played a toked-out pilot. But he can really only play himself, and sometimes not even that. And Snoop as a pilot? Who would actually get on that plane?


By Allison Stewart  |  June 4, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: 50 Cent, Bow Wow, DMX, Diddy, Ja Rule, Ludacris, Notorious B.I.G., Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg  
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You must not have seen State Property. Every rapper in that movie (Jay Z, Beanie Seagel, Memphis Bleek, and a whole host of bad rapper/actors) is awkward. I'm still mad at myself for staying up until 2 am to watch it even though I did get a lot of good laughs at the attempts at acting...

Posted by: Solnoir | June 4, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Indeed-I've heard tell of its awfulness. Jay-Z as "Untouchable J"? Still not sure what that was about.

Posted by: Allison Stewart | June 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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