Sometimes, it seems as though every media type is merging into one. First, music invaded television in the form of MTV, a channel that used to play music videos. Now, it seems that the stars of music are not satisfied with being on just one channel, and have infiltrated other television shows. The latest? Rapper Mos Def, known for his hard-hitting but hook-filled, often political rhymes, is joining the cast of "Dexter."
While many non-actors tend to pop in just for a one-episode appearance - Justin Bieber on "CSI," for example - Mos Def is in for the long(ish) haul on "Dexter." Although it's not clear exactly how many episodes will feature Mos Def, the rapper's role will be a recurring one throughout the sixth season of "Dexter." Mos Def will portray an ex-con who seems to be finding his past hard to leave behind and is often in the midst of violence.
Of course, Mos Def - real name Dante Smith - is not the only musician to drop in for a regular role on television or a series of roles in movies. Here are a look at some of the most memorable.
Ice-T: Once a successful rapper, Ice-T may now be best known to some for his role as a police officer on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Ice-T has been on the hit show since 2000, somewhat ironically, considering the fact that seven years earlier, he released a song called "Cop Killer."
Mark Wahlberg: Although his career as Marky Mark did seem to be somewhat of a joke, Wahlberg was successful as a musician long before he became an omnipresent actor. Wahlberg hit it big in "Boogie Nights," but thankfully moved on to bigger and better things, including recent films such as "The Departed", "The Fighter" and "The Italian Job," which featured none other than Mos Def.
Will Smith: While many fans associate Will Smith's rap career with his hit TV show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Smith was rapping as part of Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince prior to the establishment of the sitcom. Will Smith has bounced back and forth from music to movies throughout his career, succeeding in both, and now his daughter, Willow, is launching a music career and already has a hit - "Whip Your Hair."
Queen Latifah: Many people don't realize that like Will Smith, Queen Latifah had a music career before she began appearing on television and in movies. Latifah issued her first single in 1988 and dropped her first album the next year. Latifah first hit the big screen in 1991 and found a starring role in TV's "Living Single" in 1993. Before that, though, she had a recurring role as a romantic interest to Will Smith on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
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