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Vanilla Ice reinvented himself as an indie rocker for a recent sketch by "The Soup." The video is a send-up of Lana Del Rey-types who try to craft indie cred, as well as hipsters and their love of obscure musical instruments and their ability to fold irony in on itself like a giant smirking origami swan. But mainly, the sketch treats us to necessary acoustic rock renditions of "Ice Ice Baby" and "Ninja Rap."
All in all, Vanilla turned in a solid performance. But 'Nilla isn't the first rapper to try his hand at sketch comedy. Below, we've compiled 10 other skits featuring hip-hop stars and we graded their ability to channel their inner Will Ferrell. Read on to find out who has legit comedy chops and whose jokes are wack.
Snoop Dogg--"Snoop's Crib" on "The Man Show"
Grade: C (Snoop doesn't seem to be doing much acting here.)
Nas--"In The Shadows" on Funny or Die
Grade: A+ (Nas creepily whispering about his phone-charging habits equals comedy gold.)
Big Boi--"Giving Up The Show" on "Chappelle's Show"
|Giving Up the Show|
Grade: A- ("We playin' on the moon, bitch!")
T-Pain--"I'm On A Boat" on "SNL"
Grade: A+ (The mermaid line alone cements this grade.)
Odd Future--"Odd Future Gets Signed" on Funny or Die
Grade: B- (Paul Scheer does the heavy lifting here. The OFWGKTA guys are mainly relegated to scowling, dropping F-bombs and breaking stuff. But they do so convincingly.)
Akon--"I Just Had Sex" on "SNL"
Lil Jon: Terminal Bling
Nicki Minaj--"The Creep" on "SNL"
Grade: B (Solid rap, but Minaj looked too hot to be a "creep," which is a good problem to have.)
Mos Def--"Racial Draft" on "Chappelle's Show"
|The Racial Draft|
Grade: A+ (Almost unrecognizable as Rondell.)
Common--"Dow Jones" on Funny or Die
Grade: B (About as much as you can expect from an extended stock market pun.)