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Every Rapper Who Has Appeared In The Fast & Furious, Ranked By Their Importance In The Series

Fast X, the 10th installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is well into production, and the cast is made up of many familiar faces. Characters from almost every entry in the series will be returning, making for what might be the most epic Fast & Furious movie yet. And while a couple of rappers are reprising their roles for the 2023 movie too, it isn’t yet known if there’ll be other new roles or cameos from other rappers.

Rappers playing characters has been a tradition from the very first film in the series, and some of them have even become main members of the franchise. But others have appeared for literally just a few frames where a bigger role was quite clearly left on the cutting room floor. Between Bad Bunny, Cardi B, and Ja Rule, some rappers left huge impressions on Fast and Furious fans, but others went completely unnoticed.

Bad Bunny – Himself (F9)

The cast’s refusal to lose fights is becoming a problem, but for better or worse, that led to some hugely heroic moments in F9. However, Bad Bunny didn’t get a chance to shine, as he can barely even be seen in the movie. It even feels like the film is trying to draw attention away from his cameo by the way the sequence is cut together.

Bad Bunny is the latest musician to attempt acting, especially as he just had a major role in Bullet Train and will even be the lead in the Sony Spider-Man Universe movie, El Muerto. But F9 might have been early in the Puerto Rican rapper’s acting career that his performance didn’t fit with the rest of the movie. Despite being one of the biggest names in music right now, his cameo was buried, and even his biggest fans couldn’t find him in the film.

T-Pain – Himself (Furious 7)


Furious 7 has a surprisingly emotional ending, as the final five-minute montage showing all of Brian O’Connor’s (Paul Walker) best bits will leave every viewer in tears. But the two hours and 15 minutes leading up to that moment are exactly what audiences would expect from a typical Fast & Furious movie: over-the-top action, goofy one-liners, and rapper cameos in the most random places.

Fans can spot T-Pain DJing at a private party in a Dubai skyscraper. The party is absolutely ridiculous, as paid dancers are painted gold and the next room showcases a million-dollar supercar, but that’s just another day in the life for the Fast crew. T-Pain doesn’t add to the stakes or plot of the movie, but it’s fun to see the typically excitable rapper do his thing.

Iggy Azalea – Herself (Furious 7)


Along with rappers cast in roles, the Fast & Furious franchise also has a tradition of those rappers lending their music to the film, and Furious 7 continues that tradition. Iggy Azalea has a quick cameo at the beginning of the movie, and while it isn’t important, she does have a couple of lines of dialogue. She can be found in a crowd of fans at Race Wars, and she compliments Dom (Vin Diesel) on his win.

Her song “Go Hard or Go Home” can also be heard in the movie, even though it’s Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” that the film’s best known for. However, it’s a little ironic that a white rapper who has regularly been accused of racism (via The Guardian), cameos at an event called “Race Wars,” and in hindsight, it’s a cameo that the producers might not be all that proud of.

Ja Rule – Edwin (The Fast and the Furious)

edwin fast and furious loses

Ja Rule started the whole trend of rappers acting in the franchise and he even created the movie’s titular rap song too. He has a small role in the first film, as he plays Edwin, one of the racers in the first drag race with Dom and Brian, and as The Fast and the Furious has hilariously low stakes, that’s no more clear than Edwin’s arc. The character is desperate to win because he was promised a threesome if he comes first, which leads to him hilariously screaming “Monica!” midway through the race as Dom passes him.

However, Edwin could have been a way more important role, as Ja Rule was offered to reprise the character for 2 Fast 2 Furious. According to Grantland, the rapper turned down $500,000, and the character Tej was created as a replacement. Ja Rule probably missed out on tens of millions of dollars given that Tej has had a main role in five more Fast and Furious movies since 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Cardi B – Leysa (F9)

F9 Cardi B as Leysa

Leysa (Cardi B) leads a crew of all-female mercenaries, and of course, she has been written into the franchise as a character who Dom has known for years, but fans are somehow only now hearing about her. But even though the character is a poorly written piece of ex machina, the character oozes Cardi B’s typical charisma, and she and Diesel surprisingly have great chemistry too.

And for as silly of an introduction as Leysa has, following an all-female mercenary crew has great potential for some epic action sequences in the constantly expanding high-octane franchise. Cardi B will reprise the role of Leysa for Fast X too, and the character will hopefully have way more screen time this time around.

Tego Calderon And Don Omar – Leo And Santos

Leo and Santos in Fast 5

Even though rappers Tego Calderon and Don Omar are fairly quiet in the series, they have appeared three times. They were introduced in Fast & Furious, the fourth movie in the franchise, they were part of the heist crew in Fast Five, and they rejoined the team in Fate of the Furious too. While they seem to come and go as they please, it’s always fun to watch the two on screen, as they bicker and constantly try to one-up each other, but they never leave each other’s side.

However, it’s easy to see why they were left out of a few adventures since they were introduced. The two characters essentially have the exact same love/hate relationship as Rome and Tej, only less entertaining, and there’s no point in having two groups of characters with the same characteristics and competitive streaks.

MC Jin – Jimmy (2 Fast 2 Furious)

Paul Walker, Devon Aoki, MC Jin and Ludacris in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

MC Jin plays Jimmy in 2 Fast 2 Furious, the expert mechanic who works at Tej’s garage. The MC even showcases his rapping skills in the movie, as Jimmy raps about taking Tej’s cash while playing poker in the garage. Jimmy is low-key one of the most entertaining characters in the whole franchise, and he’s one of many characters who deserve a Fast & Furious spinoff.

In fact, it doesn’t make sense that Tej is now considered the master mechanic in the franchise, and it should really be Jimmy taking Tej’s place in the crew. Jimmy was considered the master mechanic in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tej was always impressed by him. And he was the one who told Brian and Rome that their cars were wired by the FBI.

Bow Wow – Twinkie (The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift)

Sean and Twinkie inside an elevator in Tokyo Drift

Tokyo Drift is totally underrated — it doesn’t get the credit it deserves for being a fun street racing movie with lovable characters, and it beautifully showcases Tokyo almost like a tourism commercial too. Part of what made the movie so fun was Twinkie (Bow Wow), the teenager who casually sold stolen and broken goods, from steering wheels to iPods, in school. Bow Wow returned for a cameo in F9, but he was more window-dressing than anything.

Twinkie also marks the only character in the entire franchise who has ever broken the fourth wall, as he winks directly at the camera when he jumps into an elevator full of women. As the franchise is getting closer and closer to being a superhero franchise with each consecutive release, Twinkie may as well be brought back for Fast X as the Deadpool-like character.

Ludacris (Tej Parker)

Tej Parker referees a race in 2 Fast 2 Furious

After first appearing in 2 Fast 2 Furious as the garage owner who sets up illegal street races, Ludacris’s Tej Parker has come a long way. The character is now a tech-savvy genius who can hack into CIA computers; Tej in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tej in Fast Five and beyond are like two completely different characters.

Even the character’s rougher, more entertaining edges have been completely smoothed out, but he still retains that hilarious love/hate relationship with Rome that was formed in the 2003 movie. Ludacris delivered that catchiest tie-in song for the franchise too, “Act a Fool,” which makes fans yearn for when rappers made songs for the Fast & Furious films they featured in.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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