Unexpected Hip-Hop Fans

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    Unexpected Rap Fans
    In the <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2011/10/nas-celebrates-20-years-in-hip-hop-interviewed-by-tyler-the-creator-in-new-xxl/">November issue of <em>XXL</em></a>, Coldplay front man Chris Martin talks about listening to Jay-Z and Kanye West for inspiration. Though he didn't get into hip-hop into his 20s, Martin—who grew up in the UK—is now a rap fan. He recently copped Hov and 'Ye's Watch the Throne and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, and was bumping Run-D.M.C. for inspiration on his group's fifth LP, <em>Mylo Xyloto</em>. To let Martin tell it, he shouldn't really be a rap fan, but he is. He's not alone. XXLMag.com takes a look at unexpected rap fans.—<em>XXL Staff</em>
  • Taylor Swift
    <h2>T-Pain</h2>Taylor actually rapped with T-Pain for their 2009 collab, "Thug Story."
  • Steve Nash
    Steve Nash
    The NBA All-Star has been spotted at several rap shows over the years. He <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwfSwsOzZtM">was the lucky recipient of a Nicki Minaj lap dance</a> during the Phoenix stop of Lil Wayne's I Am Still Music Tour earlier this year. He was also seen backstage at this year's Rock the Bells Festival at Governor's Island in NYC.
  • Young Jeezy
    Young Jeezy
    Jizzle doesn't only motivate thugs. Word is Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps prepped with Jeezy on his iPod during his record-breaking turn at the 2008 Olympics.
  • Joaquin Phoenix
    Joaquin Phoenix
    The two-time Oscar nominee must have been a rap fan to some degree. A while back he announced he was retiring from movies to pursue a rap career. His journey as an aspiring MC was documented in the 2010 documentary, <em>I'm Still Here</em>.
  • Barack Obama
    Barack Obama
    The President's talked about having Jay-Z and B.o.B on the iPod, to name a few. Here, he's pictured with Common.
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    Barack Obama With Ludacris
  • Bill Maher
    Bill Maher
    Maher most likely appreciates hip-hop's politically incorrect side. Maher made Jay-Z his only guest for a one-hour special back in 2009. The talk show was clearly familiar with Hov's music beyond research. He once dated Karrine "Superhead" Steffans, perhaps under a rapper's recommendation.
  • Bill Maher and 50 Cent
    Bill Maher and 50 Cent
  • Natalie Portman
    Natalie Portman
    Portman is a longtime hip-hop fan, particularly The Roots, but she doesn't stick to one sub-genre. In a 2009 interview, Portman revealed that she had soft spot for The Ying Yang Twins's "Wait (The Whisper Song)."
  • Shia Labeouf
    Shia Labeouf
    The <em>Transformers</em> star has been listening to hip-hop since he was 12 and is a big Cage fan. He even shadowed the MC during his Hell's Winter Tour and he's shown interest in playing the MC in a movie.
  • Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman recently described an Eminem concert featuring Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre as one of the "most electrifying" concerts he's ever attended. . Here, he's pictured with Q-Tip.
  • Hugh Jackman and 50 Cent
    Hugh Jackman and 50 Cent
  • Jonah Hill
    Jonah Hill
    Jonah Hill was apparently supposedly to be one of the talking heads in the Michael Rapaport-directed, <em>Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest</em>. He's also been spotted with <em>Stakes Is High</em> t-shirt on a red carpet. Here, he's pictured with Diddy in a scene from <em>Get Him to the Greek</em>.
  • Prince Harry
    Prince Harry
    The Prince reached out to Snoop Dogg and Tinie Tempah to have the rappers perform at his brother's engagement party last year. Snoop recorded the song "Wet" specifically for the Bachelor Party. Here, he's pictured with Kanye West and Diddy.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    Jigga Man's BFF can recite <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Oej7K469I">N.W.A. lyrics word-for-word</a> at the drop of a dime. She's reportedly a huge fan of '90s hip-hop.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow Performing With Cee Lo Green
    Gwyneth Paltrow Performing With Cee Lo Green
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    Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay-Z
  • Seth Rogen
    Seth Rogen
    Seth Rogen's a longtime hip-hop fan. His movies often feature hip-hop songs. Here, he's pictured with The RZA in <em>Funny People</em>.
  • Michelle Trachtenberg
    Michelle Trachtenberg
    Michelle Trachtenberg knew all about Nicki Minaj way before she blew up. The actress lyrics off of Nick's <em>Beam Me Up Scotty</em> mixtape in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEW73k0bgDw">this memorable YouTube clip.</a>
  • Aziz
    Aziz Ansari
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    Aziz Ansari and The Clipse
  • Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus
    Miley Cyrus apparently loves her some Gucci Mane. Here, she's pictured with the legendary LL Cool J.
  • Adrian Brody
    Adrian Brody
    The Oscar-winning actor crafts hip-hop tracks in his free time.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leo's been spotted at hip-hop shows for well over a decade. He lists A Tribe Called Quest as one of his favorite groups of all time. Here, he's seen with Q-Tip.
  • Jay Bilas
    Jay Bilas
    Jay Bilas shocked the internets when he tweeted about Young Jeezy.
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    Ryan Phillipe
    Phillipe is reportedly a big hip-hop head. He once quoted OutKast during a red carpet interview with MTV. Word is he's a big Jay Electronica fan and also likes Drake, Jay-Z and Biggie, among others.
  • 50-Cent-Deepak-Chopra
    Deepak Chopra
    Deepak Chopra's been in the news for recently chopping it up with 50 Cent, but he's apparently also a Diddy fan.
  • Paul Walker
    Paul Walker
    Paul Walker's starred in movies alongside ATLiens Ludacris and T.I., but word is he enjoys bumping tracks off the set.

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  • notoriousroc

    talk about marginalisation of your market. it is not hard to grasp that white people also enjoy hip hop music. this article is pointless.

  • thefuture710

    cosign ^ cuz apparently us white people only like death metal, country, and pop music…fuck you xxl for writing this “article”

  • Will Morebucks

    What’s so surprising about it? When a rapper goes platinum, damn near 80% of the buyers are white people. I went to a 50 cent concert back in 04, and I was damn near the only nigga there.

  • killa

    first pic jay and chris martin don’t look right…

  • illestni99ainne

    @ killa yeah they a little too close fam


    wow niggas is stupid. dnt mention the race card if its not thrown. barack aint white. maybe its jus funny that white america’s favorite sweethearts actually have the balls to say they enjoy other good music….hmmm like hip hop for instance. damn stop bein sensitive. good lookin out xxl

  • chuck

    Nas broke a contract for a concertn and caused the promoter and his son to be illegally abducted in Angola. Nas could fix it but he won’t. Punk.

  • chuck

    Nas broke a contract for a concert and caused the promoter and his son to be illegally abducted in Angola. Nas could fix it but he won’t. Punk.

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