Straight Outta Compton is an important movie, and its success will have repercussions on the film industry for years to come. But until now, onscreen hip-hop has mostly been represented most memorably in fictionalized incarnations. Here's a look at some of our favorites.
  1. Cigar - Black & White
    Played by Raekwon, the film ends with Cigar ascending to fame by way of a music video directed by Brett Ratner (played by Brett Ratner).
  2. N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) - Fear of a Black Hat
    Tone Def, a dexterous DJ who can scratch with "his butt and his penis", forms N.W.H. in this underrated parody.
  3. CB4 - CB4
    Dead Mike (Allen Payne) wins in this Straight Outta Compton parody: "Flat on her back, I give her some crack/ It's ten o'clock - DO YOU KNOW WHERE YO MOMS IS AT?"
  4. The Mau Maus - Bamboozled
    A militant fictional rap group named after a real mid-century Puerto Rican gang in Brooklyn.
  5. Cynthia - Annie B. Real
    "The story of a female rapper inspired by the diary of Anne Frank."
  6. Ice + John Hood - Rappin'
    Neither John Hood (Mario Van Peebles) nor Ice (Eriq La Salle) can rap, which is what makes this parody so funny.
  7. MC Steve Urkel - "Family Matters"
    The thought of MC Steve Urkel makes everything 25% cornier, but his anti-gun message is actually on point. Fuck guns.
  8. Postmaster P - Leprechaun in the Hood
    A crucial best-worst crossover to the big screen.
  9. Krazee-Eyez Killa - "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    He is and was one of the best things about this long running monument to utter discomfort.
  10. Grandmaster B - "Married With Children"
    Bud Bundy's alter ego, Grandmaster B, was "Married With Children"'s proto-Stefan Urquelle.
  11. "Male Lunch Truck Rapper" (Xzibit) - 8 Mile
    This perfect Xzibit cameo somehow doesn't even merit a proper character name.
  12. Professor Murder - "Mr. Show"
    "Niggas talkin' shit? Imma shoot 'em in the gut/ Causin' hocus pocus like my man Kurt Vonnegut".
  13. Ike Love/Shameek - Belly
    Ike Love—an early screen-stealing role for one of hip-hop’s greatest thespians, Method Man—is never specifically described as a rapper.