While there are different elements makes up the culture, by the end of the late ’80’s the emcee became the forefront. Hollywood saw the potential in these artists and their ability to sell movie tickets based on their following. Wild Style, Krush Groove, Breakin’ may have came first; but they didn’t star rappers themselves (Run was a secondary character in Krush Groove but the main character was Blair Underwood). On March 9, 1990, New Line Cinema releases House Party, starring Queens duo Kid-n-Play and the saga of beloved artists as rappers continued.(Fun fact: the movie was originally written for DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince).
House Party opened up the door for many artists and actors of the hip hop generation (unintended pun). It launched the careers of Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, A.J. Johnson, and would have sent Robin Harris into the stratosphere had he not died shortly after its release. After House Party is when rappers began to be featured prominently in movies and television. In honor of House Party being old enough to rent a car, this week’s Throwback Thursday will be dedicated to films we loved starring rappers-turned-actors.