Jonah Hill wanted to be a rapper.

The 34-year-old actor is known now for his roles in comedy movies such as 'Superbad' and 'Knocked Up', but has revealed he never wanted to be an actor when he was younger, as he instead had his sights set on making music.

When asked if he had ever considered a career as a rapper, Jonah said: ''Of course I did. This is an exclusive. I didn't have an emcee name, but I made a lot of beats. ... This is very embarrassing - it was Spindrome. Like syndrome, but spin. It was wack, dude.

''I'm not a good emcee or a good producer - I mean I kind of made fire beats - but I still had an MPC [drum machine] and was making beats for six years.''

The 'Maniac' actor spoke as he gears up for his directorial debut on 'Mid90s', a movie about a boy named Stevie growing up in the 1990s who escapes his troubled home by falling in with a group of young skateboarders.

Rap music is featured heavily in the movie, and Jonah says it was important to him that the genre was treated with respect.

Speaking during an appearance on 'The Breakfast Club' with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God, Jonah said: ''Hip-hop, like skateboarding, is always misrepresented in film. It's always shown - people driving through the hood or popping champagne - as some exploitative dumb stereotype. And for me it was it was very important to make an elegant, honest, emotional film, that showed hip-hop as what it is for me, which is the emotional backbone of my childhood.''

Meanwhile, although Jonah found fame as a Hollywood star, he previously said he didn't think he was ''good'' at being a celebrity, but added he's ''proud'' to be bad because it means he isn't ''fake''.

He said: ''I'm just not good at being famous. I'm proudly not good at it.

''Because to be good at being famous you have to be fake and full of s**t. I don't know if I want to be better at that.''