With Childish Gambino and Drake releasing their new albums today, I thought it would be fun to make a playlist composed of actor-rappers. Interestingly enough, both of these artists began their careers as fairly well-known actors: Gambino currently acts on NBC’s Community, writes for 30 Rock, and more, while Aubrey Drake Graham famously got his start as a child actor on Degrassi. The following playlist contains some rapper-turned-actors such as Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith as well as other actor-turned-rappers like Method Man. You can listen to the full MiaoMix below. Some popular movies or TV shows that the rappers acted in are in brackets. Also, if you enjoyed Method Man’s “World Gone Sour (Lost Kids)”, you should check out the music video after the break.
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (Three Kings, The Departed) – Good Vibrations
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I Am Legend) – Summertime
Snoop Dogg (Starsky & Hutch, Down For Life) – Gin and Juice
Ice Cube (Boyz n the Hood, Friday) – It Was A Good Day
Mos Def (Be Kind Rewind, The Italian Job) – Mathematics
Drake (Degrassi: The Next Generation) – Club Paradise
Childish Gambino (Community, Mystery Team) – Heartbeat
Method Man (The Wire, How High) – World Gone Sour (Lost Kids)
Kanye West and Mos Def kicked a freestyle on Sunday night at New York’s Blue Note, performing with the help of Robert Glasper and his Robert Glasper Experiment. Kanye’s verse was extremely impassioned, including references to the 2009 VMA incident between him and Taylor Swift.
Check out the performance below, courtesy of CiscoNYC.
This week has been huge for the OFWGKTA crew; if you aren’t yet familar with this exciting young rap collective, make some time to check them out. Just a few days ago, leader Tyler, The Creator and Hodgy Beats made their television debuts on Jimmy Fallon, enthralling and scaring Fallon and his audience with their performance of “Sandwitches” backed by The Roots. Swag? Mos Def certainly agrees: “SWAAAAG!” Watch Tyler and Hodgy tear it up, as well as more Odd Future news below.
On Monday, Tyler announced his signing with XL Recordings, where he will be releasing his upcoming albumGoblin. The eerie, black-and-white music video for first single “Yonkers” was also released this week.
That’s not all though. Odd Future’s resident R&B man Frank Ocean has released his new album Nostalgia for free download here. The album highlights the incredible diversity of Odd Future. The album is unbelievably smooth and even features a Coldplay sample.
It seems like everyday there’s big news about Kanye, and this is true. It has been announced that Mos Def will sign with Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label. Mos Def and Kanye have already had some collaborations, including recent GOOD Friday release, “Lord Lord Lord” and “Drunk and Hot Girls” on Kanye’s album, Graduation.