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When Rappers Act: The Credibility Continuum

When rappers start making movies, at what point do people start taking their acting more seriously than their music? With Queen Latifah and Common’s Just Wright opening this Friday, Vulture took this moment to examine where thirteen of the most visible crossover stars (or, attempted crossover stars) rank on the rappers-who-act versus actors-who-used-to-rap spectrum. 50 Cent, for instance, falls somewhere in the middle. His movies look terrible, but there are just too many of them to ignore: The upcoming Gun ("One gun, many lives lost") is just one of nine in the works. But how do the rest fare?

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