Who are the 5 best rappers of all time? [CLICK HERE FOR THE ANSWER] Ultimately it doesn’t matter, this list isn’t focused on these MC’s lyrical skills, instead it looks at their choice to act in a decent horror film. From shit, to watchable, to actually being pretty good – this list is the definitive breakdown of hip-hop’s best and brightest in the world of horror.
10. COOLIO – PTERODACTYL
(Dir. Mark L. Lester, 2005)
There are a ton of rappers in a lot of really awful horror films that could have made this number 10 spot. I could have even made this list a top 15 or 20, I just don’t have the drive to go watch a ton of horrible films, so I’m going with Coolio in Pterodactyl. Why Pterodactyl you ask? Because Mark L. Lester, the man responsible for Commando (one of the greatest action films ever made), is the director – so I thought, “This is gonna be ok, plus Coolio is in it, everyone likes Coolio”. Jesus, this film is atrociously bad, to the point where it’s comical.
09. BUSTA RHYMES – HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION
(Dir. Rick Rosenthal, 2002)
John Carpenter’s Halloween is a masterpiece and is one of my all time favorite horror films. It spawned a shit ton of sequels, Resurrection by far being the worst. It’s so painful to sit through and if Michael Myers was replaced with some generic slasher, no one would probably even remember this film existed. As for Busta, he’s a lyrical monster on the mic, but an afterthought in this film.
08. SNOOP DOGG – BONES
(Dir. Ernest Dickerson, 2001)
I mean, who doesn’t love Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Lion, or whatever he goes by now. DoggyStyle is a staple of hip-hop, but do you know what’s not a staple of horror? Bones.
07. METHOD MAN – VENOM
(Dir. Jim Gillespie, 2005)
You may know director Jim Gillespie from his work on I Know What You Did Last Summer, the fairly popular late 90s horror flick where the guy kills everyone with a hook. Well… Venom is the director’s follow up and it’s pretty forgettable. It’s like a mid-2000s rip on Swamp Thing, only not as good. Method Man is barely in the film, he plays a sheriff with an awful southern accent, but I can forgive him because his track on 36 Chambers is straight fire.
06. REDMAN – SEED OF CHUCKY
(Dir. Don Mancini, 2004)
It’s hard to hate on Seed of Chucky because it knows how cheesy it is. Two evil dolls have an evil child doll and Redman is thrown up in the mix… come on, you can’t be mad at that.
05. ICE T – LEPRECHAUN IN THE HOOD
(Dir. Rob Spera, 2000)
I have watched all the Leprechaun movies, and besides the original, this is the best one. Just like Seed of Chucky, it’s very stupid, but also a ton of fun. Ice T smokes out the Leprechaun, who doesn’t want to watch that?
04. ICE CUBE – THE GHOST OF MARS
(Dir. John Carpenter, 2001)
John Carpenter is God to me, so nothing he does is bad in my opinion. Wait… if God is real, he does bad shit all the time: floods, disease, allowing the filming of Catwoman. So Carpenter is fallible, but not in the case of Ghost of Mars. Sure it’s not amazing or anything, but it’s still a good film. Ice Cube also gets plenty of screen time and gives his third best performance of all time, right under Friday and Boyz n the Hood.
03. L.L. COOL J – HALLOWEEN H2O
(Dir. Steve Miner, 1998)
Unlike Resurrection, H2O is an installment of the Halloween franchise actually worth watching. Steve Miner steers the film back towards the tone of the first two chapters and beside a slow middle, H2O really has its shit together. LL Cool J plays a pretty convincing security guard, not as convincing as the boxer he plays in “Mama Said Knock You Out”.
02. FREDRO STARR – THE ADDICTION
(Dir. Abel Ferrara, 1995)
Fredro Starr is 1/3 of the hip-hop group Onyx, who ran shit back in the 90s. Now he’s an accomplished actor who also happened to star in The Addiction, an indie black and white vampire film shot by Abel Ferrara, who made Bad Lieutenant and King of New York. It’s a good watch and not too long, if I had to compare it to anything, I’d say it’s an American version of A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.
01. WILL SMITH – I AM LEGEND
(Dir. Francis Lawrence, 2007)
Will Smith is one of Hollywood’s most successful leading men and also a hip-hop icon. Sure, he’s not gritty like Method Man, or hard like Ice Cube… I like to think of him as rap’s middle man. However you feel about his MC skills, there’s no denying his performance in I Am Legend, dude crushed it.