A ROUGH GUIDE TO FICTIONAL RAPPERS IN FILM AND TV
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.
- •Cigar - Black & WhitePlayed by Raekwon, the film ends with Cigar ascending to fame by way of a music video directed by Brett Ratner (played by Brett Ratner).
- •N.W.H. (Niggas With Hats) - Fear of a Black HatTone Def, a dexterous DJ who can scratch with "his butt and his penis", forms N.W.H. in this underrated parody.
- •CB4 - CB4Dead 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?"
- •The Mau Maus - BamboozledA militant fictional rap group named after a real mid-century Puerto Rican gang in Brooklyn.
- •Cynthia - Annie B. Real"The story of a female rapper inspired by the diary of Anne Frank."
- •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.
- •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.
- •Postmaster P - Leprechaun in the HoodA crucial best-worst crossover to the big screen.
- •Krazee-Eyez Killa - "Curb Your Enthusiasm"He is and was one of the best things about this long running monument to utter discomfort.
- •Grandmaster B - "Married With Children"Bud Bundy's alter ego, Grandmaster B, was "Married With Children"'s proto-Stefan Urquelle.
- •"Male Lunch Truck Rapper" (Xzibit) - 8 MileThis perfect Xzibit cameo somehow doesn't even merit a proper character name.
- •Professor Murder - "Mr. Show""Niggas talkin' shit? Imma shoot 'em in the gut/ Causin' hocus pocus like my man Kurt Vonnegut".
- •Ike Love/Shameek - BellyIke Love—an early screen-stealing role for one of hip-hop’s greatest thespians, Method Man—is never specifically described as a rapper.