Best Film Acting Performances By Musicians, Host of Slow Burn on the Muders of Tupac & Biggie

Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it's playing a character or playing themselves. While the results are mixed, there have been a handful of great, pitch perfect performances. With the Oscars looming, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite acting performances by musicians in film. They'll also talk with Joel Anderson, host of the third season of the podcast Slow Burn, which focuses on the murders of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

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Musicians in Films

Jim and Greg have been thinking about acting a lot lately, as the 2020 Oscars are approaching. They each chose some of their favorite performances by musicians in film.


Joel Anderson, Host of Slow Burn

Slow Burn For the third season of Slate's hit podcast, Slow Burn, the producers took a risk in not focusing on a political scandal: season 1 was on Watergate and season 2 was on the Clinton impeachment. Instead they re-examined the lives and deaths of Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G.

Jim and Greg spoke with season 3 host, Joel Anderson, about how he and his team worked to contextualize the two artists whose accents mirrored the rise of hip-hop as a mainstream cultural force.

Featured Songs

  1. Eminem, Lose Yourself, 8 Mile: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture, Interscope, 2002
  2. The Notorious B.I.G., Somebody's Gotta Die, Life After Death, Bad Boy, 1997
  3. Aretha Franklin, Think (feat. The Blues Brothers), The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording, Atlantic, 1980
  4. Aimee Mann, Save Me, Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture, Warner, 1999
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Around the World, Californication, Warner Bros., 1999
  6. Tom Waits, Martha, Closing Time, Asylum, 1973
  7. Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I Put a Spell on You, At Home with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Okeh/Epic, 1958
  8. Dolly Parton, 9 to 5, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, RCA, 1980
  9. Michael Hutchence, Dogs In Space, Dogs In Space (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Chase, 1986
  10. Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch, Good Vibrations (feat. Loleatta Holloway), Music For The People, Interscope, 1991
  11. Mark Wahlberg & John C. Reilly, Intro (Feel The Heat), Boogie Nights: Music From The Original Motion Picture, Capitol, 1997
  12. The Notorious B.I.G., Big Poppa (Instrumental), Big Poppa (single), Bad Boy, 1994
  13. 2Pac, Changes, Greatest Hits, Death Row, 1998
  14. The Notorious B.I.G., Juicy, Ready To Die, Bad Boy, 1984
  15. 2Pac, Dear Mama, Me Against the World, Interscope, 1995
  16. 2Pac, Trapped, 2Pacalypse Now, Interscope, 1991
  17. The Notorious B.I.G., Ten Crack Commandments, Life After Death, Bad Boy, 1997
  18. 2Pac, Hit 'Em Up, (single), Death Row, 1996
  19. Jay-Z, Brooklyn's Finest (feat. The Notorious B.I.G.), Reasonable Doubt, Roc-A-Fella, 1996
  20. Drake, Hotline Bling, Views, Roc-A-Fella, 2016
  21. Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations, I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations, Motown, 1968
  22. Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man, Trouble Man, Tamla, 1972
  23. The Supremes, Stop! In The Name of Love, More Hits by The Supremes, Motown, 1965