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From gangsta rapper to TV dad? Snoop Dogg, now Snoop Lion, made the transition, and his Hollywood makeover continued with MTV's "Dogg After Dark."
And he's not the only one. T.I. has slid into film, and Ice-T is a TV detective. But instead of putting their street cred on the line, artists have spoken of their TV and film roles as a way of demonstrating their true strengths -- stripping away the image and revealing the humanity underneath the persona.
Here's a look at some rappers who have displayed their softer side.
Compiled by Greg Braxton and Todd Martens
May 10, 2013