Name an artist who had "it" in terms of star power but never took full advantage

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Larenze Tate has been starring in Power and the various spinoffs the past 6 years.


Chris Rock is a great pick, but he went into self imposed Hollywood exile so I don’t know if that counts or not. Dude turned down a BUNCH of roles and offers.


Wu-Tang Clan are all legends. I don’t think they fit

Yeah but the conversation is about those who didn't take full advantage of it.

I'm a wu-tang Stan and definitely between 99 and now they haven't taken full advantage of their position, talent or legend imo.

And Larenz Tate should've been bigger than a recurring TV role.
 
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Yeah but the conversation is about those who didn't take full advantage of it.

I'm a wu-tang Stan and definitely between 99 and now they haven't taken full advantage of their position, talent or legend imo.

And Larenz Tate should've been bigger than a recurring TV role.


I agree about Larenze Tate I was just answering the question about what he’d been up too. He didn’t drop off the face of the earth but he never became the household name it was looking like he was setup to become. He’s “Black Famous” but never truly crossed over.


Also with Wu-Tang you have to put a certain amount of perspective into their legacy. Its a NINE MAN GROUP! How
Many multi-member groups produce as many legit solo superstars as Wu-Tang has? Not even the Jacksons can say they spun off as many solo stars as Wu-Tang did. GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and ODB are legit hip hop stars. RZA and Method Man are legit cross over stars. Thats SIX members of a nine man group with classic solo LPs, Gold & Platinum plaques, movie roles, tv roles, their own biographical streaming series, documentaries, books, ACTION FIGURES, etc.


For Nine dudes who grew up dirt poor in the hood, I feel personally they took about as much advantage as was realistically possible. Hell their LOGO is the stuff of Hip Hop legend. They’re probably the most world renowned influential group in rap history (if you argued Outkast, depending on the day I might concede)
 

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Mase
Fabolous (still could've been BIGGER)
Juelz Santana
Bizzy Bone
Idris Elba
Jet Li (in the US)
Kelis
The Rock (yes he STILL could've been BIGGER if he took the Schwarzenegger path, instead of playin it "safe". He should have a couple Predator, Terminator, or True Lies-esque movies under the belt, by now).

Chris Tucker - still could've been BIGGER. Self-sabotaged his own career.

Lloyd (Murder Inc)
Lauryn Hill
Chris Brown
Max B
D'Angelo
Cassidy

So many artists and performers, self-sabotaged their own careers. :wow:
 
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Yeah but the conversation is about those who didn't take full advantage of it.

I'm a wu-tang Stan and definitely between 99 and now they haven't taken full advantage of their position, talent or legend imo.

And Larenz Tate should've been bigger than a recurring TV role.
Wu came out in 93. There's not many groups going platinum and multi-platinum for 10+ years. 6 years is about right.
Mase
Fabolous (still could've been BIGGER)
Juelz Santana
Bizzy Bone
Idris Elba
Jet Li (in the US)
Kelis
The Rock (yes he STILL could've been BIGGER if he took the Schwarzenegger path, instead of playin it "safe". He should have a couple Predator, Terminator, or True Lies-esque movies under the belt, by now).

Chris Tucker - still could've been BIGGER. Self-sabotaged his own career.
Can't see how Jet, Idris, and especially Rock should be bigger.
 
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Wu came out in 93. There's not many groups going platinum and multi-platinum for 10+ years. 6 years is about right.

Can't see how Jet, Idris, and especially Rock should be bigger.


Idris in my opinion chooses really shytty movie roles outside of a few. Dude is legit one of the BEST actors working and he be doing B-movie shyt like “Obsessed” and that horrible Dark Tower adaptation
 

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Idris in my opinion chooses really shytty movie roles outside of a few. Dude is legit one of the BEST actors working and he be doing B-movie shyt like “Obsessed” and that horrible Dark Tower adaptation
It wasn't Obsessed :skip: but I know what you're talking about. No Good Deed or something. I think this happens because he buys into this and believes he's big enough to carry movies to big openings.
 

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Wu came out in 93. There's not many groups going platinum and multi-platinum for 10+ years. 6 years is about right.

Can't see how Jet, Idris, and especially Rock should be bigger.

Jet Li should've been the Bruce Lee of his generation, in the US. He had THAT much clout/anticipation, when this dropped...

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We never got an Enter the Dragon. Instead, he was doin shyt like Romeo Must Die, The ONE, etc.

Idris Elba should've been on a Denzel-esque trajectory, of fame. He got the looks, the masculine energy, and the talent. Something tells me he doesn't champion his acting career, as much as he does, his other endeavors (DJ'ing, fighting, etc.)

Again...I think The Rock could've cemented a legendary status is Hollywood, w/ a better choice of movies. I think he did too many family-oriented comedies, and cookie-cutter jawns.
 

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Rip… but dude could rap, had the streets, had the hoes and was hella charismatic

An rare example of a dude that was a star in Atlanta but never could get to the next level.

Usually once you got Atlanta behind you, you’re guaranteed a successful career.
 
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