A thousand eulogies were written last week for Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, the rapper, who shot to fame with the rap duo Kriss Kross. Very few of those notices eulogized Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, the movie star who also died last week.
Kelly, along with his partner in sound Chris Smith, in case you missed it, appeared in the 1992 comedy Who's The Man as two punk kids. To celebrate the much too short life of Chris Kelly, we recognize ten other odd cinematic cameos by rap superstars.
10. Nothing But Trouble
This stinkfest is noteworthy for one reason, and it's not the terrible make-up Dan Aykroyd wears as an old, small town judge, but for Tupac Shakur's first acting role as a member of hip-hop group Digital Underground who play the wedding band for a wedding between Chevy Chase and John Candy in drag.
9. Meteor Man
This superhero spoof is short on laughs, but high as a hip-hop historical reference. Big Daddy Kane, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature all make their presence known.
8. That's My Boy
Vanilla Ice was the star of Cool As Ice, so that's not eligible for this list. But his role as himself in this Adam Sandler vehicle is small enough to make it a glorified cameo, but also big enough for Vanilla to be nominated for a Razzie for 2012's worst supporting actor.
7. Who's The Man?
As mentioned earlier, Kriss Kross made a cameo in this comedy starring Yo! MTV Raps personalities Dr. Dre and Ed Lover, but we should also recognize the wooden performances by House of Pain and Salt N Pepa.
6. Coffee and Cigarettes
Jim Jarmusch directs GZA and RZA in a lounge with Bill Murray where they flatter each other about how amazing they all are.
5. The Cosby Show
Yeah, it's a TV show, and yeah she's not a rapper, but it's still pretty crazy that a 5-year old Alicia Keys played one of Rudy Huxtable's friends who rode Bill Cosby's knee on the Cosby Show.
4. Tank Girl
Back when movies based on comic books were terrible, and before he starred on network television, Ice T played a mutated kangaroo in this second rate snoozer.
3. Can't Buy Me Love
Before he was Rico Suave, Gerardo had a couple lines in this '80s teen comedy, where a not-hot Patrick Dempsey buys his way into popularity.
2. Hustle & Flow
Not only the best rap movie ever made, possibly the greatest movie ever made period, with a bona fide cameo by Ludacris as Skinny Black, the big time rapper who will give our antihero his big break.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret Of The Ooze
We couldn't have just one Vanilla Ice cameo on the list. Not when the Iceman at the height of his fame graced us with Ninja Rap. Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to New Times Broward-Palm Beach's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling South Florida's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism