Side Hustle: Actors Who Turned to Music

Sanaa Lathan connects with Dej Loaf and rocks the mic.

Sanaa Lathan - Sanaa Lathan has been tearing down Hollywood for a minute and with her latest film The Perfect Guy pulling in the number one spot at the box office this week, it seems like now is the perfect time for her to unveil her singing chops.Hooking up with producer Detail and Dej Loaf, Sanaa just dropped her first single "Emotional" and let fellas know that she doesn't deal with "emotional n****s." Hopefully this won't be her last time on the mic, but in the meantime check out more actors who pulled double duty on the sound stage and in the recording booth. -Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photos from left: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic, Prince Williams/WireImage)

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Sanaa Lathan - Sanaa Lathan has been tearing down Hollywood for a minute and with her latest film The Perfect Guy pulling in the number one spot at the box office this week, it seems like now is the perfect time for her to unveil her singing chops.Hooking up with producer Detail and Dej Loaf, Sanaa just dropped her first single "Emotional" and let fellas know that she doesn't deal with "emotional n****s." Hopefully this won't be her last time on the mic, but in the meantime check out more actors who pulled double duty on the sound stage and in the recording booth. -Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photos from left: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic, Prince Williams/WireImage)

Eddie Murphy - Comedic genius and blockbuster movie star Eddie Murphy has expressed his passion for music over the years and continues his march into the reggae world. After partnering with Snoop on "Red Light" in 2013, the comedy king just released his latest offering called "Wonna Deez Nights" with Dancehall King Beenie Man.  Putting the jokes in the background, Eddie has been serious about his musical creations over the years and previously flexed his vocal skills on R&B cuts like "Put Your Mouth on Me" and scored a #2 hit on Billboard in 1982 with the Rick James-produced "Party All the Time." (Photos from left: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET, Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)

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Eddie Murphy - Comedic genius and blockbuster movie star Eddie Murphy has expressed his passion for music over the years and continues his march into the reggae world. After partnering with Snoop on "Red Light" in 2013, the comedy king just released his latest offering called "Wonna Deez Nights" with Dancehall King Beenie Man.  Putting the jokes in the background, Eddie has been serious about his musical creations over the years and previously flexed his vocal skills on R&B cuts like "Put Your Mouth on Me" and scored a #2 hit on Billboard in 1982 with the Rick James-produced "Party All the Time." (Photos from left: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET, Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)

Evan Ross - Actor Evan Ross has built up quite an impressive resume having appeared in blockbuster films like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and ATL. with T.I. But now it seems like the son of the original R&B diva Diana Ross is showing that his musical talents don't fall far from the family tree. Evan just dropped the lyric video to his new single, "How to Live Alone," and his mom and wife, Ashlee Simpson, make appearances. He will be dropping his debut on Capitol Records next year. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Evan Ross - Actor Evan Ross has built up quite an impressive resume having appeared in blockbuster films like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and ATL. with T.I. But now it seems like the son of the original R&B diva Diana Ross is showing that his musical talents don't fall far from the family tree. Evan just dropped the lyric video to his new single, "How to Live Alone," and his mom and wife, Ashlee Simpson, make appearances. He will be dropping his debut on Capitol Records next year. (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Columbus Short - Columbus Short had a rough year as legal issues ultimately led to him being let go and his character being killed off on the hit show Scandal. But he's not counting himself out. It looks like the former Britney Spears dancer is making his way back into the music arena. Rapper Kris Kelli dropped a track featuring the multi-talent called "Gladiators," a nod to his character's legacy, no doubt. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ)

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Columbus Short - Columbus Short had a rough year as legal issues ultimately led to him being let go and his character being killed off on the hit show Scandal. But he's not counting himself out. It looks like the former Britney Spears dancer is making his way back into the music arena. Rapper Kris Kelli dropped a track featuring the multi-talent called "Gladiators," a nod to his character's legacy, no doubt. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ)

Jermaine Crawford - Jermaine Crawford first became known to us as smart, heroin-addicted teenager "Dukie" from The Wire in 2006 and has continued his stroll down Hollywood. Now 21, the actor is throwing his name into the R&B arena and hopes to bring the genre back to its more traditional roots. You can check out his smooth sounds here, which include "One Night Only" and his ode to Ms. Jackson, "Janet."(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

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Jermaine Crawford - Jermaine Crawford first became known to us as smart, heroin-addicted teenager "Dukie" from The Wire in 2006 and has continued his stroll down Hollywood. Now 21, the actor is throwing his name into the R&B arena and hopes to bring the genre back to its more traditional roots. You can check out his smooth sounds here, which include "One Night Only" and his ode to Ms. Jackson, "Janet."(Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund)

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds - Tristan "Mack'" Wilds was the first from The Wire to dive headfirst into the music game when he released his debut album, New York: A Love Story, in 2013. The project featured the hit single "Henny" and was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014.(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds - Tristan "Mack'" Wilds was the first from The Wire to dive headfirst into the music game when he released his debut album, New York: A Love Story, in 2013. The project featured the hit single "Henny" and was nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014.(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Drake - Drake murdered every bar he spit this year, making himself a shoe-in for a Lyricist of the Year nomination, not to mention stirring up more anticipation for his upcoming Views from the 6 album.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

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Drake - Drake has been clawing his way to the hip hop throne for five years now and continues to keep YMCMB at the top of the food chain. Prior to riding out with Lil Wayne, selling millions of records and snatching up a Grammy in the process, Aubrey made his rounds on several Canadian television shows, most notably as "Jimmy Brooks" on the long running series Degrassi.(Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino - Donald Glover made a name for himself as a television writer and actor and has starred on hit shows like Community and 30 Rock. The multi-talent has also released two projects under his rap alias Childish Gambino.(Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino - Donald Glover made a name for himself as a television writer and actor and has starred on hit shows like Community and 30 Rock. The multi-talent has also released two projects under his rap alias Childish Gambino.(Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

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Jada Pinkett-Smith - In 2012, actress Jada Pinkett Smith unveiled "Burn," a video for the dramatic ballad by her rock band Wicked Wisdom. It was dedicated to her husband, Will Smith, who made the opposite transition, from music to acting. (Photo: UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh/Landov; Fred Hermansky/NBC/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Jada Pinkett-Smith - In 2012, actress Jada Pinkett Smith unveiled "Burn," a video for the dramatic ballad by her rock band Wicked Wisdom. It was dedicated to her husband, Will Smith, who made the opposite transition, from music to acting. (Photo: UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh/Landov; Fred Hermansky/NBC/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Stacey Dash - Stacey made the dash from actress to singer with her first dance track, "Life of the Party," featuring Blake Smith in 2012. Emcee N.I.C.E. produced the former Single Ladies star's music breakout and her vocals are heard on the hook. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Jamie Foxx - Jamie released an overlooked album, Peep This, in 1994, but then went back to full-time stand-up comedy and acting. In 2004, however, his musical talents finally gained recognition in the wake of his Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles in Ray, as well as an appearance on Kanye West and Twista's No. 1 hit "Slow Jamz." Jamie released his second album, Unpredictable, the following year, topping the charts and selling two million units. Not bad.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Janet Jackson - Like her brother, Janet Jackson's never hidden her admiration for Stevie, sampling his 1972 ballad "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" for her "New Agenda." On another note, who can forget that scene in the 1993 flim Poetic Justice in which Justice, played by Janet, puts "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" on the turntable?  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Janet Jackson - Before she became "Ms. Jackson if you're nasty," Janet first rose to fame as "Penny" on the sitcom Good Times, and landed a recurring role on Gary Coleman's Diff'rent Strokes as well. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Tatyana Ali - We know her as little "Ashley Banks" from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but in 1999, Tatyana made the transition to music, releasing her gold-selling debut, Kiss the Sky.(Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images)

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Tatyana Ali - We know her as little "Ashley Banks" from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but in 1999, Tatyana made the transition to music, releasing her gold-selling debut, Kiss the Sky.(Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images)

Wayne Brady - Wayne Brady has released not one, but two albums. Yes, two albums. One of which was a moderately well-received R&B album, the second being a children's album. Not bad for a man that was politely turned down by Mary Jane Paul. (Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) 

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Wayne Brady - Wayne Brady's jump from acting to music was a little more natural — he rose to fame as a frequent face on the improvisational acting/comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway, where he'd often steal the spotlight with his made-up musical numbers. He released his debut album, Long Time Coming, in 2008.(Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) 

Terrence Howard - As the star of the acclaimed film Hustle & Flow, we knew Terrence could rap passably. But we didn't know he was an aspiring singer as well until he released his 2008 debut Shine Through It.(Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images)

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Terrence Howard - As the star of the acclaimed film Hustle & Flow, we knew Terrence could rap passably. But we didn't know he was an aspiring singer as well until he released his 2008 debut Shine Through It.(Photo: Rob Loud/Getty Images)

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Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez - J.Lo took over the entertainment world one medium at a time. She started out as a dancer on the '90s comedy show In Living Color before making her name as an actor in films such as Selena and Out of Sight. She wasted no time in using her new buzz to launch a mega-successful music career with her 1999 debut On the 6, which has sold a whopping 8 million copies.(Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images)

Raven-Symon?  - Raven-Symon? has been towing the line between music and acting for years. She started out as Olivia in the waning years of The Cosby Show and released her first album, Here's to New Dreams, in 1993, when she was just seven years old.(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Raven-Symoné  - Raven-Symoné has been towing the line between music and acting for years. She started out as Olivia in the waning years of The Cosby Show and released her first album, Here's to New Dreams, in 1993, when she was just seven years old.(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Cree Summer

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Cree Summer - Cree Summer is another Cosby affiliate who made noise in music and acting. She broke through as "Freddie" on The Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, and then released her rock-soul debut Street Faërie, which was produced by Lenny Kravitz, in 1999.(Photo: Getty Images)

Philip Michael Thomas - Thomas reportedly invented the acronym EGOT, meaning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, in reference to his plans for winning all four. Unfortunately, his mantle remained empty. Though he co-starred in the hit '80s show Miami Vice, his music career, however, didn't fare as well with his two albums, Living the Book of Life and Somebody, failing to resonate.(Photo: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

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Philip Michael Thomas - Thomas reportedly invented the acronym EGOT, meaning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, in reference to his plans for winning all four. Unfortunately, his mantle remained empty. Though he co-starred in the hit '80s show Miami Vice, his music career, however, didn't fare as well with his two albums, Living the Book of Life and Somebody, failing to resonate.(Photo: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

Debbie Allen - Debbie Allen was already an amazing, award-winning actor and choreographer when she tried her hand at music with 1986's Sweet Charity and 1989's Special Look.(Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

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Debbie Allen - Debbie Allen was already an amazing, award-winning actor and choreographer when she tried her hand at music with 1986's Sweet Charity and 1989's Special Look.(Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

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Diahann Carroll - Diahann Carroll, an icon of the stage and screen, has been doing it all since the '50s. She made her film debut with a supporting role in 1954's Carmen Jones and then starred in the Broadway musical The House of Flowers the following year. Two years later, she released her debut album, Diahann Carroll Sings Harold Arlen Songs, and has done 12 albums since — in between making star turns on TV shows, such as Julia, Dynasty and Grey's Anatomy, and movies, including The Five Heartbeats and Eve's Bayou.(Photo: CBS/Landov)

Eartha Kitt - Eartha Kitt was a music, Broadway and Hollywood legend, and combined the three worlds throughout her career. She hit Broadway way back in 1945 with Blue Holiday, jumped to the screen with Casbah in 1948 and released her self-titled debut album in 1953.(Photo: dpa/Landov)

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Eartha Kitt - Eartha Kitt was a music, Broadway and Hollywood legend, and combined the three worlds throughout her career. She hit Broadway way back in 1945 with Blue Holiday, jumped to the screen with Casbah in 1948 and released her self-titled debut album in 1953.(Photo: dpa/Landov)

Jasmine Guy - Jasmine Guy rose to fame as "Whitley" in the hit sitcom A Different World in 1987, and then released her R&B debut Jasmine Guy  three years later.(Photo: Ben Rose/WireImage/Getty Images)

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Jasmine Guy - Jasmine Guy rose to fame as "Whitley" in the hit sitcom A Different World in 1987, and then released her R&B debut Jasmine Guy  three years later.(Photo: Ben Rose/WireImage/Getty Images)