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Now, if there's one thing that it's rarely desirable to see famed movie stars do, it's taking up rapping. Much like Michael Jordan with major league sports that don't begin with the word "basket," it turns out that being extremely accomplished at one particular skill (say, acting, or basketball) doesn't necessarily mean that you're going to excel at another (say, rapping, or baseball, or golf).

That, though, isn't the sort of precedent that tends to stop ego-driven millionaires from trying out new things — something that is doubly true when the star in question is infamous wild child and newfound champion of the art world . As such, it's perhaps reassuring to note that:

Listening To Shia LeBeouf Rap May Actually Make You Like His Acting More


LeBeouf, y'see, recently made an appearance on Shade 45's Sway in the Morning, on which he was encouraged by host Sway to take part in the show's freestyle challenge, and the results — which you can watch just below — may well alter your opinion on his acting in a distinctly positive fashion.

After all, if you're not a fan of LeBeouf, then odds are the sight of him freestyling is going to make the idea of him not freestyling retrospectively far more appealing than it otherwise would be. If you're fond of the actor, on the other hand, then it seems likely that the sight of the 30-year-old indie darling revealing himself to be a surprisingly self-reflective rapper will only increase the level of your appreciation for his less beat-driven performances, too.

Plus, if you're , and you're still mad about that interview LeBeouf gave Variety a few months ago in which he called you a corporate sell out...

"I grew up with this idea, if you got to Spielberg, that's where it is. You get there, and you realize you're not meeting the Spielberg you dream of. You're meeting a different Spielberg, who is in a different stage in his career. He's less a director than he is a f--king company."

...then there's a nice pseudo-apology in there for you, as well. Now, sure, LeBeouf technically doubles down on calling Spielberg a corporate stooge, but he seems to recognize that his feelings on the matter should a) be kept private, and b) perhaps be considered in the light of the fact that both men voluntarily made Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/Lucasfilm]
[Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull/Lucasfilm]

"I f— up sometimes, you know... I probably could’ve gone lighter on Spielberg, that was probably something I should’ve backed off of. But my feelings are real. The dude gave me a lot of opportunities, though, and that’s on me."

After all, it's all well and good criticizing one of the most critically and commercially successful directors of all time for seeming like a corporate sell out when you met him, but it's a tougher line to hold when you were playing ' greaser son Mutt at the time. Or, y'know, starring in the series.

Either way, though, let's all now bask in the reflected glory of Shia LeBeouf's now surely burgeoning hip hop career, and hope that it goes as well as his indie movie career surprisingly did:

Or, alternatively, let's all go and watch (above) in theaters, so as to discourage LeBeouf from pursuing rap with any level of seriousness. That transition, after all, usually works out alright when rappers become actors, but not so much the other way around. Just ask Mark Wahlberg.

Still want more LeBeouf-themed entertainment? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, though, what do you think? Can the world's fragile status quo survive Shia LeBeouf becoming a rapper? Let us know below!

[Sway in the Morning/Variety]


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