The Wrap-up Rap
June 15, 2019 7:21 PM   Subscribe

 
By far the weirdest example of this has to be the track Do The Right Thing, which was written for the Spike Lee movie but never used, and instead wound up getting used as end credits music in the Wes Craven horror movie The People Under the Stairs.
posted by mannequito at 7:40 PM on June 15 [9 favorites]


Vanilla Ice is all well and good but I did have to go bring up Partners in Kryme - T.U.R.T.L.E. Power to see if it talked about the actual movie or just general turtle-related rhymes. Seems like it's actually a summary of the first episode of the cartoon.
posted by Space Coyote at 7:57 PM on June 15 [3 favorites]


MetaFilter: Seems like it's actually a summary of the first episode of the cartoon.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 8:03 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


I cannot recommend the Demi Adejuyigbe send-ups enough; just thinking of them can make me start giggling
posted by grandiloquiet at 8:04 PM on June 15 [8 favorites]


I just fact checked the first two comments, and both somehow appear to be correct. Apparently the first episode of TMNT the animated series and the first TMNT film have similar plot points (according to Google), so the rap might also be about the film? I'm not willing to invest too much time in this, so I cant be totally certain.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:26 PM on June 15


How did they miss Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" from Ghostbusters II? The entire bridge is just a summary of the film.
posted by SansPoint at 8:40 PM on June 15 [10 favorites]


I just remember my friends and I sitting in the audience after MEN IN BLACK 2 and hearing the line from the closing rap where Will Smith described himself as "the best looking crime fighter since myself in part 1", and it seemed such a gloriously Will Smith thing to say that it cracked us all up.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:41 PM on June 15 [18 favorites]


Canibus and Biz Markie did a version of "Take This Job and Shove it" for Office Space, which is both exactly as terrible and great as it sounds.

The boss's favorites get placed in something spacious
While the most hated get placed in some small cubicle spaces
Or get thrown down in the basement, get your stapler confiscated
You constantly waitin for a paycheck
Twelve months passed by and you still ain't get paid yet
Here's a optimistic motto
If you ever late for today you could say you early for tomorrow

posted by Homeboy Trouble at 9:09 PM on June 15 [8 favorites]


MiBs, freezin' up all the flack
(What's that stand for?) Men in Black


No, it stands for Men in Blacks, which. come on, Will, you needed it for "Ain't no MiBs, can I please", but the rest of them? C'mon!

(Man, that has been bugging me for longer than I realized...)
posted by madajb at 9:21 PM on June 15 [4 favorites]




the best looking crime fighter since myself in part 1

This is damn near something I could see coming out of Ghostface's mouth. The song as a whole is dumb, but that's a good line by Smith.
posted by East14thTaco at 9:44 PM on June 15


The opposite, of course, being the song “Gotham City.”
posted by DoctorFedora at 10:35 PM on June 15


How did they miss Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" from Ghostbusters II? The entire bridge is just a summary of the film.

Gah what the fuck is Trump even doing there!? (Warning: Trump!)
posted by loquacious at 11:22 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


Here is a woefully incomplete list of seminal 1990s rappers who had fewer No. 1 hits as a lead artist than Will Smith (counting “Men In Black”): the Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Nas, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, and every single member of the Wu-Tang Clan combined.

BRB RAGE
posted by loquacious at 11:31 PM on June 15 [2 favorites]


Here is a woefully incomplete list of seminal 1990s rappers who had fewer No. 1 hits as a lead artist than Will Smith (counting “Men In Black”): the Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Nas, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Dr. Dre, and every single member of the Wu-Tang Clan combined.

BRB RAGE


That is also, excluding Jay-Z, a list of seminal 1990s rappers who won fewer Grammys than Will Smith. Will Smith was the lifetime leading rap artist for Grammys from 1989 until Eminem passed him in 2004. ("Parents Just Don't Understand" won the very first rap Grammy, because there was very little else going on in hip hop then.)
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 12:12 AM on June 16 [4 favorites]


How did they miss Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" from Ghostbusters II ?

It was too hot to handle and too cold to hold.
posted by Servo5678 at 1:47 AM on June 16 [11 favorites]


...They also missed Tom Hanks and Dan Akroyd's "City of Crime" from Dragnet.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:06 AM on June 16 [5 favorites]


Here's a little story about some apes who evolved
With the help of a slab, black and nine feet tall
They had a space station and a shuttle from Earth
But then you know things were about to get worse
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 5:32 AM on June 16 [17 favorites]


... and they missed "The Reaper Rap" from "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" which might not be rap per se, but it totally fits!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:04 AM on June 16 [5 favorites]


... and the Maniac Cop 2 wrap-up rap. Now that you've seen the movie, let me tell you all about the movie (lyrics on Genius).
posted by filthy light thief at 6:49 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


If there is a hell, and I go there, the background music will be Vanilla Ice screaming GO NINJA GO NINJA GO over and over for all eternity. (It will be the actual Vanilla Ice doing that.) On the other hand, "City of Crime" is wonderful, and really the only reason for the movie existing: a pre-Oscar-I'm-a-serious-actor-now Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd looking nothing like Jack Webb but somehow sounding exactly like him, and Aykroyd's brother Peter, who looks and sounds nothing like his brother, doing a surprising amount of the number.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:12 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


There is no movie that would not be improved by a song of the same name over the end credits. I cannot tell you how delightful it was to watch the original Pet Sematary and find a fucking Ramone's song about the film over the credits. So dumb and fun.

I would argue that there are not enough Smith raps over his film's credits.
posted by graventy at 8:37 AM on June 16 [3 favorites]


"Gah what the fuck is Trump even doing there!? " is never a wrong sentence in any context including Trump, and that's not even a politically motivated statement (see Home Alone 2, McDonalds commercials, etc.)
posted by AzraelBrown at 8:59 AM on June 16 [4 favorites]


Dave and his crew flew with a pal
A supercomputer with the name of HAL
But they didn't know about the secret mission
And HAL put the crew out of commision

Dave as you know got mighty sore
He said to HAL "open the pod bay doors!"
But HAL read their lips down in the back room
And Dave had to blow the hatch in hard vacuum
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:37 AM on June 16 [2 favorites]


Gah what the fuck is Trump even doing there!? (Warning: Trump!)

From a Trump article posted a few days ago:
During his years in the cultural wilderness, Trump reportedly made it a stipulation for film productions that wished to shoot in the properties that he owned that there be a scene in which Trump himself appeared. “Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman,” Matt Damon told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. “And the whole crew was in on it. You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot. Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’—you had to call him by name—and then he exits.”

posted by dephlogisticated at 10:59 AM on June 16 [1 favorite]


As the article suggests, definitely check out Demi Adejuyigbe's parodies of this phenomenon, including "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson Black Panther".
posted by WCityMike at 1:45 PM on June 16


Is it just me, or does Wild Wild West actually contain some genuinely witty wordplay that redeems it slightly. Oh, it IS just me. Carry on then.
posted by AndrewStephens at 3:49 PM on June 16 [1 favorite]


I'm Kanji Watanabe and I'm here to say
That I built a dope park for the children to play
posted by Cookiebastard at 4:56 PM on June 16


Does "I punched Keanu Reeves" from Always Be My Maybe count?
posted by web-goddess at 7:27 PM on June 16


How about the Robin Hood: Men in Tights intro rap?

(hey nonny-nonny, hey nonny-nonny and a here we go!)
posted by halcyonday at 6:37 AM on June 17 [1 favorite]




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