By virtue of being accustomed to the stage, quite a few musicians have successfully made the leap to film acting—even legitimate stardom. In this mic drop of a series, we’re looking at silver screen stars with platinum plaques who came out of the world of hip-hop, with the likes of Tupac Shakur (a one-time acting student at the Baltimore School for the Arts), Queen Latifah, and Ice Cube in stellar roles. With some of the finest American films of the last 30+ years to choose from, Hip-Hop Icons is a series that’s got bars for weeks.

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