I was recently watching NCIS: Los Angele and to my surprise saw LL Cool J pop up on my screen. This got the TrapMag team and I thinking… what other rappers have starred in shows in the past. After a few days of research and mass amounts of television binging, we came up with this list. Let us know if we missed any!
- 50 Cent: G-Unit member 50 Cent had an unsuccessful MTV “Apprentice”-style reality show titled “50 Cent: The Money and the Power” which ran for only a month before it was cancelled.
- T.I.: Rapper and actor T.I. is no stranger to reality TV program including appearing on “T.I.’s Road to Redemption” and with wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle on “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle.”
- Three 6 Mafia: In 2007, rappers Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia appeared on their own short-lived reality series titled “Adventures in HollyHood.”
- Odd Future: Odd Future’s sketch comedy television series, “Loiter Squad,” was given a premiere date of March 25, 2012, on Adult Swim.
- Flavor Flav: Public Enemy member Flavor Flav has appeared on a handful of reality shows starting with VH1’s “Surreal Life,” “Strange Love” and “Flavor of Love.”
- Common: Chicago rapper Common ventured into acting and never looked back including getting a prominent role on the AMC western series “Hell on Wheels.”
- Snoop Dogg: In addition to acting roles on television and in film, Snoop Dogg has appeared in his own television series such as the MTV sketch comedy show “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle” and the E! reality show “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood.”
- Ice-T: Grammy Award-winning rapper Ice-T not only stars in the procedural “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” but also on his own reality show, “Ice Loves Coco.”
- Will Smith: Perhaps the first big rapper to get his own television show was Will Smith who famously starred on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” in the 1990s.
Time to get to some TV watching!