Top 5: Hidden Talents of Rappers
More than meets the eye.
Have you ever wondered what rappers would be doing if they weren't rapping? Just like us normal folk, rappers too have hidden talents, the details of which aren't necessarily covered in the lyrics of their chart-topping songs. While their chosen career paths may have brought them an obscene amount of fame, glory and riches, who's to say that rapping is the only thing they're good at? Here are five rappers with skill sets that may have flown under your radar.
1. 50 Cent - Photographer
Up until now, we thought Curtis Jackson mainly whittled away spare time by drinking in clubs, P.I.M.P.ing and acting in his own biopic. But after news of 50 Cent stepping behind the camera for Smooth Magazine, we can safely count photography as one of his many talents. Jackson considers the move to be a 'natural progression' after spending so much time on the other side of the camera, and enjoys practicing his newly discovered skill with scantily clad gal-pals.
2. Snoop Dogg - Football Coach
What started out as a casual job coaching his son's American football team has resulted in the Snoop Youth Football League, a non-profit organisation aimed at giving young people the opportunity to get involved in football. Having Snoop Dogg as your coach may well be the coolest thing ever. As a side note, did you know that Snoop Dogg supports the Rabbitohs?
3. Talib Kweli - Stage Actor
Talib Kweli graduated in experimental theater at New York University before turning his hand at creating hip-hop with the likes of Mos Def. We're yet to see evidence of Talib on the other kind of stage, but it's good to know he's qualified.
4. Ice Cube - Architectural Drafter
Before Ice Cube began his rapping career, he studied architectural drafting at the Phoenix Institute of Technology. Ice Cube's appreciation for the art has led to familiarity and respect for American designers Charles and Ray Eames. Hear what he has to say in this recently released documentary on the husband-and-wife design pair:
Philosophical aside: if he had continued down this path, what would stoners do without the Friday franchise?
5. Eminem - Comic-Book Artist
Before Slim Shady he was a troubled kid with a penchant for the pencil, and a strong desire to become a comic book artist. This would explain his extensive comic book collection, and the Eminem/Punisher: Kill You part print, part digital story that came out a couple of years ago.