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Rappers in movies – Tupac’s top 5 acting performances


Tupac was one of the first rappers to crossover and start making movies. Here are 5 of his best silver screen performances. Each sheds a little bit of light onto who he was as an artist.

5. Murder Was the Case

Snoop's 1995 movie included a cast featuring , Charlie Murphy, , and Lil' . played the role of the sniper at the end of the “Natural Born Killaz” video.

4. Gridlock'd

In this film, Pac played a rapper who was a recovering heroin addict opposite Tim Roth and Thandie Newton. It was set in Detroit and came out the year following his death. “Life is a traffic jam.”

3. Poetic Justice

This movie inspired one of the dopest collaborations between two rappers named and . Pac starred alongside Janet Jackson in this John Singleton inner-city romance. This film introduced the world to Tupac as Lucky at “the cookout” with one of its more memorable scenes.

2. Above the Rim

Not only did this movie star Tupac as villain Birdie but it had arguably the best soundtrack ever. His role was a side character but he left his mark on one of the most anticipated movies of the 1990s.

1. Juice

While Pac was able to embody all of his characters, none more so than Bishop in Juice. His character was an example of the T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. mantra that became his platform over the years.

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