The Top Six Game Show Appearances By Rappers
The news of a rapper-packed revamp of Hollywood Squares has been greeted positively, not least because everyone has been able to join in the fun of Googling the demographic term "malennials" to find out if they are going to be allowed to watch the show. It's also allowed some people speculate on which special secret rapper will get to occupy the show's hallowed center square! So before Hip-Hop Squares premieres next month, here's a look back on past instances of pre-fame and established rappers testing their mettle (mental and otherwise) on TV game shows.
6. Snoop Dogg on The Price Is Right
"The ranch is about two dollars, no more than two dollars for the dressing." So advises Snoop Dogg, sizing up the price of a bottle of Hidden Valley ranch dressing. Taking to his role as celebrity guest with gusto, the Doggfather also confers with the crowd over the price of a pizza crust and decides that six dollars is "a good number" for a box of bird feed. Possibly not down to Snoop's supermarket smarts, the contestant wins and rides off in a Cadillac in which Snoop had earlier hammed it up. It's called wholesome family entertainment, people!
5. Master P and Lil' Romeo on Halloween Squares
When you really put in the work and scrap through to the bottom of the ol' barrel, you reveal, well, No Limit general Master P and his rapping son, Lil' Romeo, appearing on a Halloween-themed edition of Hollywood Squares. While Ellen DeGeneres dons a wig of dreadlocks to hold down the center square, P and his progeny fluff a question about the second-most-used bill in circulation. But bigger indignity comes when the duo, clad in lurid red and yellow sportswear, is upstaged by Hulk Hogan sporting the same color scheme but embellishing his outfit with a feather boa.
4. Ice Cube on Chris Moyles's Quiz Night
In which Dr. Dre's old gangsta rap raconteur, Ice Cube, attempts to decipher a description of high cultural arts as explained by Dr. House's old comedy partner, Stephen Fry. Alas, after Fry's turn, Cube kinda cheats by sneaking a peek at host Chris Moyles's answer sheet! The ever-adaptable power of street knowledge, eh?