High-profile cameos are a relatively new trend in Hollywood, and there's certainly something exciting about seeing a familiar face in a movie when you weren't expecting to. The best example of this I can think of this was the epic Anchor fight in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, because seeing stars such as Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan appear when you least expect them is hilarious. Another fantastic use of cameos is when we see people from other professions acting in a movie, like a sports star or a rapper. Rap and hip-hop stars, in particular, have provided us with some of the best cameos in cinematic history; here are 9 moments where rap artists exceeded our wildest expectations of what a cameo could achieve.
1. P Diddy - Get Him To The Greek
Release Date: 2010
P Diddy, Puff Daddy, Diddy — Sean Combs has used many aliases in his rap career. In in the hit comedy, Get Him to the Greek, Sean Combs went by 'Sergio', the hilarious and volatile record company boss. In my opinion, this explosive character is the best part of Get Him to the Greek, and my justification can be explained in one quote: "stroke the furry wall".
I'd love to see some more of Sean Combs as an actor, especially because he hasn't done a whole lot of rap lately. It wouldn't be out of the question for him to move to acting more permanently, following in Ice Cube's footsteps. Since Get Him to the Greek, Diddy has featured in TV shows such as: Notorious, Black-ish and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
2. Eminem - Funny People
Release Date: 2009
#Eminem is often considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, and has been garnering acclaim ever since his insanely popular Slim Shady EP in 1999. We haven't seen a whole lot of Eminem in movies since his award-winning 8-Mile came out in 2002, except for some cameo work, such as his hilarious turn in The Dictator, and his appearance in Funny People. In the above scene, you can see an agitated Eminem who is done with being pestered in public. A perfectly timed Ray Romano takes his photo and totally pisses him off! If you haven't seen Funny People, it's worth it for that one scene alone.
3. Kanye West - Anchorman 2
Release Date: 2013
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of my favorite movies ever, and the most famous scene from that film is the infamous news channel brawl. In Anchorman 2, we saw them up the ante, adding more stars and more extreme action. Of all these cameos, the most bizarre was rap icon #KanyeWest appearing (he makes his entrace around the 1.26 mark). The best thing about Ye's fantastic cameo is his homage to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. When he see's the werewolf he says: "I'ma call Michael Jackson, I've got a video idea!".
4. Ice Cube - 21 Jump Street
Release Date: 2012
Cube didn't do a whole lot of acting before 21 Jump Street. I know he did the likes of Are We There Yet? and the Friday series, but his angry comedy in 21 Jump Street reinvented him into a solid, Hollywood, action-comedy super-star! Since working on this movie, he's starred in the sequel, 22 Jump Street and Ride Along 1 and 2. He also has an upcoming movie with Charlie Day called Fist Fight, which looks hilarious!
5. Drake - Anchorman 2
Kanye West is not the only legendary rapper to appear in the 2013 comedy, Anchorman 2 — we also see Views artist, #Drake, who appears at the start of the movie! Check out his scene in the above video where he has a brief (yet hilarious) cameo.
6. Snoop Dogg - Old School
Old School is a 2003 cult-classic comedy that has a great cast looking back on it, with the likes of Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughan all lending their comedic chops for the party flick. One Old School cameo you may have forgotten is the legendary 'Gin and Juice' singer, Snoop Dogg. In the scene, you can see Snoop singing "Paid in Full", which makes for one of the most memorable scenes in the film.
7. Jidenna - Luke Cage
Luke Cage is #Marvel's latest TV outing that is currently streaming on Netflix, and one aspect of the show that people are loving is the use of rap and hip-hop. One of the best examples of this (and a stellar cameo) is by "Classic Man" hitmaker, Jidenna, in Episode 5 of the superhero TV show. Take a look at his insane performance above!
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8. Vanilla Ice - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Vanilla Ice is really out of his element on this list with the rest of these legendary rappers, but there's no way I could leave out this hilarious cameo in the oft-forgotten Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze. The song he raps in this cheesy flick is a totally original track, which is uncommon for Vanilla Ice (yes, I'm talking about him stealing Queen's 'Under Pressure').
9. Joey Bada$$ - Mr. Robot
Joey Bada$$ is a 21-year-old, up-and-coming rapper who has already made a name for himself, with hits such as Devastated and Paper Trail$. Many fans of the NYC-based rapper are unaware that he appeared in 7 episodes of the hit TV show, #MrRobot. His character, Leon, was introduced in Season 2, and was one of the highlights of the trippy season.
Of all these 9 cameos, I think my favorite still has to be P Diddy in Get Him to the Greek — I mean, "stroke the furry wall" is still an iconic quote! Hopefully we get to see him in more upcoming movies. With rappers often moving to the big and small screen (Ice Cube, Childish Gambino), I'd love to know who you guys would like to see next? Personally I'd love Chance The Rapper, Logic, J. Cole or Action Bronson — let me know what you think!