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Don't Quit Your Day Job: Singers Turned Actors and Vice Versa


Countless celebrities have dabbled in the tricky transition that is music to film and vice versa.  Whether their attempts manifested success or disaster, we have to give them credit for trying.

Plenty of our favorite artists have made movie cameos, but few would go on to become triple threats. Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Tupac and Jennifer Hudson were rarities. Here are some actors and singers who should or shouldn't have stuck to their original gig.


1. Nelly

Nelly executed the role of a tatted up prison football player, but we'd much rather have a quick 16.

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2. Will Smith

Rapping may have been his first passion, but Will's turn as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was one of the best things that could've happened to hip hop. Although his debut album Big Willie Style had some hits, rapping just isn't his forte. Stick to the films, Big Willie.

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3. Ice Cube 

Could we still consider Ice Cube a rapper? Music was his first love, but after his critically acclaimed role as "Doughboy" in Boyz in the Hood—his acting career kicked into full gear.

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4. Whitney Houston

Whitney is hands down one of the best singers ever, but the Bodyguard star was also pretty good as an actress.


5. Common

His good looks make up for his lack of character on screen. He's just one sexy distraction.

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6. Ice-T 

He may not be the best actor, but he's certainly got something that keeps Special Victims Unit fans mesmerized. The rap legend has been starring on the show for eight seasons now.

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7. Cassie 

The singer made her official debut in Step Up 2: Take it to the Streets as an awkward character with very little dialogue. 

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8. Beyoncé

Bey's been trying to win her fans over onscreen for quite some time. Her first role in Carmen: A Hip Hopera wasn't the most popular, but she soon hit the big screen in hits like Austin Powers: Goldmember, Dreamgirls and Obsession. We love you Bey, but Diana Ross was the best singer/actress to ever do it.

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9. Ashanti 

Coach Carter was awesome, but Ashanti's role as "Kyra" was super lame. Better luck next time, girl.

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10. Mark Walberg 

Mark Walberg--formerly known as Marky Mark-- is ranked amongst the best actors in Hollywood, but do you believe that he was once a wannabe emcee? It's rumored that he's ashamed of his Funky Bunch days.

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11. Bow Wow

Acting might just be Shad's best bet. The child star fell off after he dropped the "Lil" from his stage name and hasn't been number one on the charts since.

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12. Jennifer Lopez

We love Jenny from the block, but her acting?—Not so much. She has been given ample opportunity to play an unforgettable role, but she has yet to strike her audience. We've had enough J. Lo. 


13. Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah had the 90's on smash. She did her thing in Living Single, which is still a black comedy classic and eventually made a smooth transition from U.N.I.T.Y to Set It Off. 

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14. Nick Cannon

Vixens aren't the only ones who think all of Nick Cannon's music sucks. During the all 6 seasons of his show Wild'n Out, his crew always made sure to mention his failed rapping gigs.

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15. Drake

Started from the bottom, now he's here. Drake wins the award of the best actor turned rapper ever.

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16. 50 Cent

In a movie about yourself, you would think that 50 could've been a bit more realistic. You should've just got Michael B. Jordan to play a young Curtis Jackson.

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17. Tyrese

Although Baby Boy is certainly a hood classic, Tyrese should just stick to the studio because Biker Boyz was an epic fail.

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18. Brandy

Brandy got her start as a singer when she was 15, but soon turned into an actress with her television show Moesha. Considering one of her major roles was in Tyler Perry's Temptation, you can assume what the better career choice is.

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19. Omarion

You Got Served is one of our fondest childhood memories, but Omarion's semi-serious role did not live up to the standards of the legendary B2K.


20. Cam'ron

Cam'ron played the role of "Rico" in Paid in Full, but there wasn't much of an ego alteration. We'd much rather watch you rap in pink, Killa.

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Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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