Snoop Dogg plays Jimmy Bones in the horror movie 'Bones.'
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When Hip-Hop and Horror Collide! 6 Scary Movies That Feature Our Favorite Rappers

Halloween comes around but once a year — but we can relive the horror with these scary movies featuring rappers over and over again!


Oct. 23 2023, Updated 5:20 p.m. ET

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Halloween comes around once a year but horror movies with hip-hop artists at the helm are timeless. It's a fact that spooky movies are even more captivating when they feature an appearance from an unlikely rapper.

From Rah Digga's role as Maggie the Ghost-Hunting Spirit Slayer in Thir13en Ghosts to Busta Rhymes' electrifying performance in Halloween: Resurrection, there is no shortage of cult classics that are available for streaming.

Scary movie buffs and hip-hop heads alike will want to add the haunted horror films below to their watchlist ASAP. Read on for our all-time favorite horror films that feature famous rappers!

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Rah Digga in 'Thir13en Ghosts' (2001)

Rapper Rah Digga (Rashia Tashan Fisher) signs autographs and greets fans at Track O ne Records in Chicago, Illinois
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Thir13en Ghosts, released in 2001, saw hip-hop artist Rah Digga in a role you wouldn't expect.

The film revolves around a family that inherits an evil house, unwittingly releasing 13 vengeful spirits.

Rah Digga's character, Maggie, is a determined and resourceful ghost hunter. She brought her A-game to the role, proving that she would have had a real shot as an actress if her rap career didn't work out.

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Busta Rhymes in 'Halloween: Resurrection' (2002)

"Pass the Courvoisier" rapper Busta Rhymes joined the ranks of the Halloween franchise in Halloween: Resurrection (2002.) In the movie, Busta went toe to toe with the relentless Michael Myers in a hair-raising showdown.

In a pulse-pounding moment, viewers saw Busta quite literally electrify the scene as he zapped the indomitable killer into oblivion. This is definitely one to watch if you haven't already.

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Ice Cube in 'Ghosts of Mars' (2001)

Ice Cube performs on day two of the ESSENCE Festival Of Culture at Caesars Superdome
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When it comes to rappers making their mark in the film industry, Ice Cube undoubtedly stands out as a true trailblazer.

Ice Cube is among the list of rappers who made the pivot from rapping to acting and had massive success in both lanes. Aside from Friday, Anaconda, and Barbershop, one of his memorable forays into the world of cinema was his role in the sci-fi horror film: Ghosts of Mars.

In the film, Cube steps into the shoes of James "Desolation" Williams, a convict who stages a daring escape from a Martian jail. He's left to navigate the unforgiving outer world terrain known as Shining Canyon.

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Snoop Dogg in 'Bones' (2001)

The year 2001 brought us Bones — a spine-chilling film starring Snoop Dogg. The rapper plays Jimmy Bones, a gangster who comes back from the grave to get vengeance on his enemies.

Snoop's portrayal of Jimmy Bones added an extra layer of creepy to the film. He brought the laid-back charisma that he's known for and applied it to a character we'd never want to meet in real life. The result? Hip-hop horror film magic.

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LL Cool J in 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later' (1998)

LL Cool J at Rock the Bells
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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later stands as a chilling chapter in the enduring Halloween franchise. The 1998 installment of the film introduced hip-hop legend LL Cool J into the eerie mix.

In this film, LL Cool J takes on the role of Ronny Jones, a security guard assigned to protect the premises. His character not only brought the suspense but also added a distinctive flavor to the film, making it an instant classic.

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