As shocking as it is that a rapper who once performed songs called "Gatman and Robbin" and "Gunz Come Out" is playing a silver-screen law enforcement agent, hip-hop is full of rappers who acted like cops despite the genre's ongoing tension with the law.
• Hip-hop's longest-serving policeman has to be Ice-T, better known as Detective Finn Tutuola on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for over a decade. As a member of the group Body Count, Ice-T infamously had a controversial hit with the song "Cop Killer." Now, he plays a cop on TV.
• Tupac Shakur's final film role was as Detective Jake Rodriguez in the film "Gang Related." Sure, 2Pac's detective was a dirty cop who went around gunning down drug dealers and police witnesses, but it was still strange to see the rapper behind "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" flashing a badge.
• Easily the funniest rapper-turned-movie cop, Tone Loc played the straight man to Jim Carrey's "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and provided some comic relief as a Lieutenant in "Surf Ninjas."
• The Wu-Tang Clan's producer extraordinaire RZA played a drug enforcement agent helping Russell Crowe rid Harlem of Blue Magic heroin in "American Gangster."
• Diddy is scheduled to portray an NYPD detective on "Hawaii Five-0" this spring, and even trained with a Navy S.E.A.L. for the part.
• Dr. Dre briefly portrayed a crooked cop (we think, his role was never clearly defined) who works alongside Denzel Washington in "Training Day."
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