Move over Sam Smith and Idina Menzel. Those guys haven’t got a patch on these epic rap songs featured in movies. Well, we say ‘epic’. Some of them are a fine line between ‘good’ and ‘bad’. But we honestly forgot some of them even existed. And we’re just not cool with that.
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1. Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO! (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II)
We couldn’t do a list of rap songs featured in movies without mentioning this dude.
It took Vanilla Ice just 30 minutes to write this song for 1991’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Which is just ridiculous –if only we could condense so much talent into just half an hour. Now, after me: “Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!…”
2. City of Crime (from Dragnet)
Yes, that really is a young Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. Rapping. Sorry, that should be in inverted commas. ‘Rapping’. The hip-hop style song features at the end of the 1987 film ‘Dragnet’. The video alone is worth the watch: so 80s. So many stern looks. So much dramatic arm folding. And then right at the end you’ve got Hanks and Aykroyd. In shorts. Dancing. And those dance moves were apparently choreographed by Gloria Estefan! So bad it’s good.
3. Deepest Bluest (Deep Blue Sea)
Remember Deep Blue Sea? No? The, uh, one with the big shark? No, not Jaws.
Anyway. While LL Cool J also appeared in the film, he was kind enough to produce this rap. The video is just incredible – synchronised swimming, an orchestra overlooking a pool, and…so many sharks.
4. Black Suits Comin’ (from Men In Black II)
We love Will Smith. And we love Men in Black (the film AND the song). But do you remember this classic? Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head) was released in 2002 for the second MiB film. It’s bloomin’ catchy. And it involves a pug at the end of the video.
5. Come With Me (from Godzilla)
You’ll probably recognise this song from the Godzilla film – but only because it samples Led Zeppelin’s song Kashmir. As for the rest of the song…we can’t work out whether we like it or not. I mean, it barely contains a full sentence. The opening lyrics read: “Hear my cries/Hear my call/Lend me your ears/See my fall.” Yep, no idea.
As for the video itself? It features P. Diddy/Puff Daddy/Sean Combs energetically thrashing around on stage. And in a lift. And it’s exhausting just watching him. But still, this is 90s at its best. We think.
6. Hit Em High (from Space Jam)
Oh man, as far as rap songs featured in movies go, this is a classic. SUCH a great mix of rap stars (B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Method Man) on one song. The track featured in everybody’s favourite 90s film, Space Jam. And, according to Wikipedia, took 10 people to write…
7. On Our Own (Ghostbusters 2)
This one was recommended by a friend – who immediately prefaced his choice with: “It was shit, but…”. In my friend’s words: “It was a catchy song, for let’s face it, a shitty sequel, and it told you the entire plot in one rap.” Couldn’t have summed it up better myself.
8. Bumps Gonna Goose Ya! (Goosebumps)
“Viewer beware, you’re in for a scare”
Here’s a little bonus one for you. Who else but Jack Black could produce their own ’90s parody rap video for the new Goosebumps film? He’s actually playing RL Stine in the new movie which will be released later this year. And, oh my gosh, this rap is getting us stupidly excited.
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