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LisaRaye Credits Tupac’s Toss It Up Video For Her Start In Hollywood

Hollywood actress and model LisaRaye recently spoke about her appearance in Tupac’s last music video, ‘Toss It Up’.

Born in Chicago, LisaRaye made her acting debut in the 1998 comedy/drama, ‘The Players Club’. The movie, written and directed by Ice Cube on his directorial debut, also stars Jamie Foxx and Bernie Mac. In the movie, LisaRaye plays the part of Diana ‘Diamond’ Armstrong, a student working at the players club.

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Appearing on TV One‘s docu-series, Uncensored, LisaRaye believes her involvement in Tupac’s music video landed her the role in ‘The Players Club’. Thinking ahead, she went to the audition for the part in ‘Toss It Up’ and added the cameo in her resume. Speaking on the episode LisaRaye said “I remember this one particular video that was huge. It was Tupac’s video Toss It Up with Danny Boy and Aaron Hall. I said ‘I’m going to audition for this and I’m going to be very direct-able, they going to want me.”

After the ‘Toss It Up’ video shoot wrapped, Tupac asked her to come to Las Vegas to hang out. Tupac was involved in a drive-by shooting the following day. As a result, six days later, after fighting for his life, Tupac died.

LisaRaye in Tupac’s Toss It Up music video

LisaRaye lands role on The Players Club

Once she found out that she secured the part, LisaRaye handed director Lionel C. Martin her resume. Word spread about her performance in Tupac’s ‘Toss It Up’ video. As a result, a couple of months later, LisaRaye received a phone call for an audition for Players Club.

The Players Club

LisaRaye went to Hollywood and became successful, all achieved through the movie Players Club. Although she played a stripper, she recalls being okay with it. Talking about this LisaRaye said “I knew that I had a nice body, I was younger at the time. I didn’t give a damn because I knew I was doing a movie with Ice Cube, Jamie Foxx, Bernie Mac.”


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