Mask Off Future
Who knew that Chris Brown was in The OC? Or that Usher acted in Sabrina The Teenage Witch? Take a look at these 19 times our favourite rappers turned up unexpectedly in TV shows.
12 years ago Usher appeared in childhood favourite programme Sabrina The Teenage Witch as the 'Love Doctor.' The amazing scene hears Usher (dressed head to toe in white) sing some advice to poor Sabrina who is having love-trouble, complete with his own nurse-backing singers. How do we not remember watching this on Nickelodeon?
In season 4's episode 'No Cannes Do,' Kanye West comes to Turtle, Vince and the boys' rescue when they can't get a plane to Cannes. The rapper lets them join him on his private jet and they make the stop in France before heading to London. Highlight: Kanye West joking that he's had a couple of flying lessons and will be flying the plane himself.
Can any The OC Super-fans remember this? Way back in 2007, when his music career had just kicked off, Chris Brown had a pretty decent role as Marissa Cooper's sister Kaitlin's band-geek love interest 'Will Tutt.' You can catch Breezy's baby face in three episodes from back in the day.
In May 1991 Queen Latifah appeared alongside Will Smith in the classic show that is The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. The episode, called 'Working It Out' saw the Queen play a bossy actress called Marissa Redman - fast forward six months to episode 'She Ain't Heavy' which aired in November 1991 and she was back as a completely different character - Will's blind date Dee Dee! Bad consistency Fresh Prince!
In season six, 50 Cent made one of the show's shortest cameos when he pulled up alongside Turtle in traffic and said: "Yo Turtle, see you're out here in your Daddy's Car," then laughed and drove off. It might have only lasted five seconds, but the clip is the source of the best 50 Cent GIF of all-time.
HBO's 'Entourage' is known for its high-profile cameos - there have been so many, they are hard to recall. But no Vinnie and Johnny Drama fan would have forgotten the classic moment that an intoxicated Vincent Chase told Eminem he was 'too mainstream to fight his own fights." Of course, the punch Em' threw in Vince's face afterwards was just brilliant.
Before becoming a rap star Drake was most famous for playing wheelchair bound Jimmy Brooks in Degrassi. Bagging the role at age 15, Drake appeared in 138 episodes between 2001-2009. He also made appearances in loads of shows as a teen, including 'Us And Them,' 'Being Erica' and Charlie Bartlett. Picture: Degrassi: The Next Generation
Yeezy voiced a recurring character in animated TV show 'The Cleveland Show' between 2010 - 2012. Called Kenny West, the character is a 19-year-old school-goer, dad and rapper - the character is not actually representative of 'Ye, although the animated version of him (see the picture on the left) does look similar.
Ice T aka Tracy Marrow is as well known for his acting as he is his rapping these days. Since 2000 the 'Rhyme Pays' rapper has played Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola in 'Law And Order: Special Victims Unit.' But that's not all he's been in, his television and film credits are even more extensive than his discography is.
P Diddy hung up his mic in 2009 to guest star in two episode of CSI Miami called 'Presumed Guilty' and 'Sink Or Swim' as Derek Powell, a criminal lawyer. You can watch a scene with Diddy and the shows's lead David Caruse aka Lieutenant Haratio Caine on YouTube.
One half of Outkast, Andre 3000, turned his hand to acting during the band's all-too-long break from music. He played comic book store owner and mayoral candidate Robert Huggins during season three and seven (2004 and 2008) of LAPD Drama The Shield.
Just last year Rick Ross caused havoc in an incredible gun scene in as character Butterball in US show 'Magic City' - a drama centered on Miami mobsters and other characters from Miami Beach in the late 1950s.
Between 1997 Usher made his acting debut appearing in Moesha alongside the star of the show-turned-singer Brandy. His character, a love interest of Brandy, was called Jeremy Davis. Usher's natural ability for acting lead him to appear in three more episodes between '97 and '99 and even some films in the years following. Catch the episode where he sings 'You Remind Me' to Moesha on YouTube.
In 2004 Snoop Dogg made an unexpected appearance in critically acclaimed TV series 'The L Word' - his characters name? Slim Daddy, a music video producer.
In 2010 Nas made a guest appearance on US crime drama Nas Hawaii Five-0 as Gordon Smith, a criminal who has violated his parole. As you can see from the picture, things didn't end well for Gordon. The role marks one of Nas' only credits as an actor whereby he isn't playing himself.
LL Cool J is as loved for his acting as he is his music. Since 2009 LL Cool J has been a series regular on police drama NCIS: Los Angeles, where he plays Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex–Navy SEAL. You could have also caught LL in Hawaii Five-0, 30 Rock, In The House and many more.
Back in 2007 Ludacris starred in the season finale of Law And Order: Special Victims Unit's eighth season. The rapper cemented his capabilities in the field of acting during his performance alongside Sandra Bullock in 2004 film 'Crash.' But this is one of his few TV series appearances.
American Animated Sitcom (which airs late-night on Cartoon Network) The Boondocks has seen many famous rappers voice characters and star as themselves, including Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Lil' Wayne... One of the most memorable was when Busta played Flonominal, a rapper and member of Thugnificent's Lethal Interjection crew.