Rapstress-Turnt-Actress: 9 Amazing Female Rappers to Watch on Screen


The Grande Dame: Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah could write a book on how to parlay hip-hop stardom into Hollywood fame. She took her tiny role as a waitress in 1991’s “Jungle Fever” and ran with it, putting in the work over the years until it paid off in an Academy Award nomination for playing Matron “Mama” Morton in “Chicago” (2002). But the rapping queen of the big screen did not stop there. She went on produce and/or star in over a dozen films since then, including perennial favorites like “Ice Age” (2006) and “Beauty Shop” (2005). Queen Latifah’s list of prestigious acting awards include statues awarded by the Golden Globes and the NAACP. For all the other rapstresses making the transition to acting, the Queen leads by example.