Keep Your Day Job, Please: 14 Celebrity Crossover Fails

January 23, 2013  |  
Source: WENN

It seems like everyone in Hollyweird wants to be a double — or even triple — threat. Will Smith acts, Drake raps, and Snoop’s made so many cameos we’ve lost count. But crossing over ain’t for everyone. Check out these 15 celebrities who tried to step out of the box but should go right back in it.

Draya Michele

Draya Michele

When Draya first met Gloria Govan in acting class, it had to be a scripted moment because Draya couldn’t act her way out of a wet paper bag. And remember how stumped she was during improv? I hope her “acting stint” on Basketball Wives L.A. was enough to convince her that she’s better off smiling and looking pretty for the camera.

Eva Pigford

Eva Pigford

Eva made her name as a model by winning America’s Next Top Model but after taping was over, Eva decided that she wanted to be a movie star. She found out the hard way that acting is about more than looking good on camera and almost everything Eva’s had a “major” role in has gone straight to DVD. I hope her runway career is working out better.

Erica Mena

Erica Mena

One of my favorite moments in Love & Hip Hop is when Erica Mena said she was a singer and Rich Dollaz put her on the spot. Your girl sounded like a tone deaf drag queen with a sore throat. She should stick to modeling and beating bishes up.

Rihanna

Rihanna

Rihanna is good at a lot of things. Acting is not one of them. Was anyone else tricked into watching Battleship? Rihanna’s flat delivery wasn’t the only reason Battleship lost Disney $200 million, but it sure didn’t help.

Beyonce Knowles, Mike Myers

Beyonce

Beyonce’s acting policy seems to be “if at first you don’t succeed, make your fans watch you struggle through another flick.” We all love Bey but watching her play Foxxy Cleopatra in Goldmember was painful. She wasn’t terrible in Dream Girls but managed to get out acted and out sung by Jennifer Hudson. It’s hard out there for up and coming black actresses and I think Bey should move over and make some room for sisters with real talent.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj hasn’t been on American Idol for a whole season yet and she’s already about to tank a show that thrived for almost 10 years before she showed up.

She ran off her other 64-year-old co-host and she’s about to make Mariah Carey lose her mind. Fox should send her back to her day job before the whole show falls apart.

Shawty Lo

Shawty Lo

For a minute there it looked like rapper Shawty Lo was going to break into reality show stardom with “All My Babies’ Mamas,” but Oxygen passed, saying even black folk thought it was too hood for TV. Shawty Lo keeps begging fans to put him on the air, but it’s time for him to give up the ghost.

Joseline Hernandez

Joseline Hernandez

I hate to tell a woman she needs to go back to the pole but singin’ ain’t for Jocelyn. You ever notice how on Love & Hip Hop you stayed seeing Jocelyn in the studio but you never really heard her sing? That’s because she’s terrible. Check out this clip from her performance at the $200 open mic at the Apache Cafe. Needless to say, she didn’t win.

Donald Glover

Donald Glover

Not everyone will agree, but I roll my eyes every time I hear a white kid talking about what a great rapper Childish Gambino is. His rap name doesn’t make sense and his lyrics don’t either.

Katt Williams

Katt Williams

I know I’m wrong for making fun of the mentally agitated, but I have to call Katt out on this one. He got himself a rap producer as a manager and tried to cross over to rap with a 15 minute “freestyle” at his last Denver show. Not only was his flow not tight, it was real crazy. And that was the moment we knew that Katt had lost his mind for real.

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq

The only thing funnier than Shaq’s acting roles is his “rap career”. Now that he’s retired, we’re all scared that there might be another Kazaam  or Shaq Diesel in the works.

T-Boz

T-Boz

I’m excited about Totally T-Boz but we should all hope the producers don’t ask her to read from a script. T-Boz only tried to cross over into acting a few times, but she was terrible — every time. She even made Belly hard to watch and I don’t think there was a professional actor in the whole movie.

Stacey Dash

Stacey Dash

Stacey keeps getting fired from her day job so we had a feeling there was a crossover coming. But we never would’ve guessed it would be to writing. But in June 2012, Stacey Dash announced on her blog that she was going to crossover into writing. What’s her first book going to be about? Being Stacey Dash. Yes, she’s serious:

“It’ll be about me, my daily ritual and what I do every day to be Stacey Dash.”

OK Stacey.

Aries Spears

Aries Spears

Recently, MADtv star Aries made the tabloids when he threw shade at rapper 2 Chainz:

“I think 2 Chainz SUCKS.”

“Have you heard the lyrics? All I want for my birthday is a big booty ho? Get some better rhymes 2 Chainz.”

“[2 Chainz] said when he shows up to the scene, he shows up with his roof missing, he’s different . N***a’s driving a convertible … if you wanna be different, show up in a horse and buggy.”

Why so much shade from a comedian? Aries has been trying to crossover to rap for a minute. He challenged Soulja Boy to a rap battle and busted a few impersonation rhymes on the radio. But now that I’ve heard him spit I think he should stick to comedy.

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  • Adam

    While his first few albums’ sales weren’t officially released, Childish Gambino’s ‘Camp’ did phenomenal, sales wise and ratings. As for his name, he said himself he just got it from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator on the internet, it doesn’t have any meaning. This is the second list I have read by Meg Butler and I can already tell she is one of the worst journalists I have ever had the displeasure of following.

  • Giovonni

    Am I the only one that thinks Rihanna actually was believable and did well in Battleship? Anyway, you’re right about Beyonce and Nicki Minaj… both are pretty dreadful in their crossover attempts… BTW, whoever you guys hired to run your I.T. department needs to go back to their day job because ya’ll servers are a mess… Just sayin’.

  • iHeartMarijuana

    I roll my eyes too when I hear white kids talking about how great Childish Gambino is. He’s terrible and embarrassing to the genre. He is the anti-rap. Donald Glover, on the other hand, is the man. Nicki Minaj needs to be removed from all media all together. And I thought Beyonce and T-Boz both were good enough as actresses.

  • Ken

    Lol! This writer doesn’t understand Donald Glover’s raps… Go get a dictionary, then listen to his songs… Or even better, you should go to English class, pick up a few pointers, then start criticizing!!

  • Lateshia Childs

    Really T-Boz a bad actress? I think Belly was a great movie maybe its because I’m a fan of Nas, TLC, and DMx and Method Man. T-Boz appeared in 2 episodes of Living Single as an actress. Beyonce….I don’t think she is a great actress at all I’m glad Jennifer Hudson stole the spotlight from her in Dreamgirls. Then Nikki Minaj…….what is her day job? Sorry I’m just being sarcastic I can’t stand her I love Mariah Carey but I haven’t watched American Idol since Ruben Studdard or that one cute guy Mario Vaszquez was a contestant on the show until he left.

  • lisa

    Nicki Minaj’s facial expressions and nicknames for the contestants on Idol are hillarious, i love her in her idol role…………dun dun is for me LOL funeeeee

  • Breezy

    In my opinion, Beyonce did good in Cadillac Records and Nicki Minaj brings life to American Idol….she makes it more entertaining.

  • No love for Donald Glover?? I HEAVILY LOVE CHILDISH GAMBINO. Everyone else is spot on!!

  • JaneDoe

    Aye ya’ll messed up with this list..

  • Seriously

    Childish Gambino?! I LOVE CHILDISH GAMBINO!! Who made this list?? Who doesn’t like Donald Glover, he’s a triple threat, if not quadruple. Smh. Childish Gambino though? No.

  • mac

    why Shawty Lo’s hair look painted on nshid.

  • Channon

    American Idol was tanked after Simon and Paula left before Nicki got there!!

  • Guest

    I like Donald Glover/Childish Gambino and i really enjoyed Beyonce in Cadillac Records.

    • Marguerite

      I liked her in that movie too. Don’t think she’s a terrible actress.

  • IllyPhilly

    Aries ain’t wrong bout 2 Chains.

    • scandalous7

      he not

  • rzakia

    Idk I like Childish Gambino (which came from the Wu Tang name simulator btw). I think he’s different, kind of refreshing. Regarding Joseline I think she should be the one putting out a workout tape. I don’t know if it’s real or fake but going on the assumption that it’s real I would follow her workout routine.

    • SunshineBlossom

      Implants and plenty of pole work.