Many of today’s rap stars are incredibly industrious and ambitious people who have worked hard to accomplish their celebrity. And many of them, despite having “made it,” still work tirelessly in the studio and apply their business savvy to ventures outside of music. P. Diddy gave us Sean John Clothing, Lil Jon brought the world CRUNK!!! Energy Drink and Jay-Z is part-owner of the Brooklyn Nets. And, oh yeah, Lil Wayne never sleeps. You get the picture: these guys are everywhere, always on the grind, 24/7.
So, what do you for fun if you’re an enterprising rapper constantly focused on building your personal empire? You make a cameo in a comedy movie, of course. Short appearances in funny films give rappers a lighthearted break from their regular dealings and rigorous schedules (while still bringing in that paper), and we as the audience get to see that they don’t always take themselves so seriously. Check out the following six funny rapper cameos in comedy movies.
6. Fat Joe in ‘Scary Movie 3′
It doesn’t get any better than Fat Joe rap-battling in a scene that parodies another rapper’s pseudo-biopic. Layers, people, layers.
5. Eminem in ‘Funny People’
Eminem‘s penchant for verbally shaming the innocent and harmless extends to the silver screen. We’re pretty sure this dialogue was just lifted from one of his B-sides.
4. Lil’ Kim in ‘Zoolander’
3. Mos Def in ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’
2. Snoop Dogg in ‘Old School’
1. Vanilla Ice in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II’
Painting with a broad brush, Vanilla Ice is considered a rapper. And this scene is nothing if not hilarious. So, yeah, it counts.