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Demarcus Bumpers Debates Top 50 Rappers List By Billboard

Demarcus Bumpers talks about his family’s label Death Row Records and the placement of its iconic artists Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Dr. Dre on Billboard and Vibe Magazine‘s Top 50 Rappers Ever List.

The actor also revealed that he is related to both Jay Z and Beyonce after finding out Jay Z was placed at the number one spot on the list. Demarcus stated that Tupac Shakur is the undisputed number artist in hip hop history and reassured his thoughts are independent of the fact that Pac was an artist on his family’s label.

Tupac was positioned in the top 5 rappers ever with a number four ranking, while Snoop Dogg got the number seven spot. Super producer, Dr. Dre, received the slot for number forty.

Demarcus Bumpers was also asked about rappers who turn into actors. In the teaser of the full segment, he praised Tupac for being a brilliant actor for his roles in movies such as Juice and Above The Rim.


The history of rappers turning to acting is a rich and diverse one, spanning several decades and encompassing a wide range of artistic endeavors. In the early days of hip-hop, many rappers were primarily focused on music, and the idea of crossing over into acting was relatively rare. However, as hip-hop culture became more mainstream in the 1990s and beyond, more and more rappers began to explore acting as a creative outlet.

One of the earliest examples of a rapper turning to acting is LL Cool J, who appeared in the 1985 film “Krush Groove.” From there, he went on to appear in several other movies and television shows, including the hit television series “NCIS: Los Angeles.”


Another early example is Ice-T, who made his acting debut in the 1984 film “Breakin’.” He went on to appear in several other movies and television shows, including the popular series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” where he played Detective Odafin Tutuola.

In the 1990s and 2000s, rappers such as Will Smith, Ice Cube, and Queen Latifah became major movie stars, starring in blockbuster films such as “Independence Day,” “Friday,” and “Chicago,” respectively. Other rappers, such as Tupac Shakur and DMX, also had successful acting careers, though their lives were cut short tragically.

More recently, rappers such as Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), who starred in the television series “Atlanta,” and Common, who has appeared in several movies and television shows, including “Selma” and “The Chi,” have continued the tradition of rappers turning to acting.

Overall, the history of rappers turning to acting is a rich and varied one, reflecting the multifaceted nature of hip-hop culture and the many ways in which it has influenced and been influenced by other artistic mediums.