9. Mos Def
Dante Terrell Smith, a.k.a. Mos Def and Yasiin Bey, has had as varied a role in acting as he has in hip-hop. Similar to Bowie, Mos Def began his hip-hop career alongside his acting career, starring as a teen in several short-lived TV shows, soon after graduating to films. Some of our favorite Mos Def performances include his roles in The Italian Job, Be Kind Rewind, Chappelle’s Show, and most recently in Dexter.