Created By: Evdog on June 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Evdog on July 7, 2011
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A Wild Rapper Appears

A musical trope. A rapper sings for roughly 30 seconds in the middle of someone else's song.

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You're listening to a happy little Pop song, when suddenly, out of nowhere, some Rapper (that, most likely, nobody's heard of) gatecrashes the song to sing his own, seemingly improvised, attempt at poetry. Then, almost as suddenly as the Masked Man appeared, he disappears into the night, and the song goes back to normal.

It can be, but is not neccesarily, a rapping bridge. This is generally due to deals made by Record Companies, since they want to make the most money as possible. There was a similar practice in the early 1940's (which could be called A Wild Texan Appears), where a guy with a southern accent will suddenly start talking over the music without warning.

Music
  • Friday, by Rebecca Black, is a well-known example of this trope.
  • Justin Bieber frequently has rappers do this in his songs.
  • Eminem frequently does this in other people's songs.
  • The Vincent Price Rap in the middle of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
  • Subverted in "Rapture" by Blondie, although considered the Ur-Example. Instead of someone else rapping in her song, she does it herself.
  • Jenna Rose's song "My Jeans" has a rapper named Baby Triggy show up in the middle of the song.
  • Underneath It All By No Doubt.
  • E.T. by Katy Perry, which was fine on the album, but when the music video was released it had Kanye West doing a really lame rap in it as well.
  • Possibly inverted in Run-DMC's version of Walk This Way, which begins as a rap, then segues into a rock interlude courtesy of the original artists, Aerosmith.

Western Animation
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "Spa Day" has a song with relaxing, lounge music, except for a completely out-of-the-blue rap tune interrupting it in the middle!
  • Total Drama World Tour: Harold interrupts some songs to start rapping, much to the others' annoyance.

Compare with Stealth Hi/Bye.

Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • June 24, 2011
    kyun
    The Phineas And Ferb episode "Spa Day" has a song with relaxing, lounge music, except for a completely out-of-the-blue rap tune interrupting it in the middle!
  • June 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Vincent Price Rap in the middle of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
  • June 24, 2011
    Evdog
    Thanks. Added them to draft.
  • June 24, 2011
    JohnDiFool
    "Radio Song" by REM has KRS-One rapping at the end.
  • June 24, 2011
    Generality
    I'm not sure if Price's bit could be considered rap (although it does rhyme), but it fits in a broad sense.

    • Gorillaz, being in the habit of getting guest musicians on almost every track, naturally do this often. Favourites include Del Tha Funky Homosapien, De La Soul and Mos Def.
  • June 25, 2011
    EzzyAlpha
    Just Dance by Lady Gaga
  • June 25, 2011
    TonyG
    "Rapture" by Blondie is considered the Ur Example.
  • June 25, 2011
    droginator
    Jenna Rose's song "My Jeans" has a rapper named Baby Triggy show up in the middle of the song.
  • June 25, 2011
    MrInitialMan
    Underneath It All By No Doubt. Also, Hey Baby.
  • June 25, 2011
    YouKeepUsingThatWord
    I'm going to question your use of the word "classic" in the phrase, "Friday, by Rebecca Black, is a classic example."
  • June 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @Tony G: But Deborah Harry herself is the rapper in "Rapture." This trope is about some other artist coming in and rapping.
  • June 25, 2011
    originalhobbit
    The song "boyfriend" by Big Time Rush features Snoop Dogg, who does an impromptu rap in the middle.
  • June 26, 2011
    Belfagor
    Total Drama World Tour: Harold interrupts some songs to start rapping, much to the others' annoyance.
  • June 28, 2011
    terrafox
    • Porn Star Dancing by My Darkest Days features a short rap spot by Zack Wylde.
    • A second version of Kesha's California Gurlz features a rap by Snoop Dogg.
  • June 29, 2011
    Schilcote
    You might want to expand this to cover a practice I've seen in some songs from the 40's, where a guy with a southern accent will suddenly start talking over the music for some reason or another.

    • I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire and Into Each Heart Some Rain Must Fall do that.
  • June 29, 2011
    paulamore
    It's kind of a rapping bridge.
  • June 29, 2011
    jasonxcore
    Another good example is E.T. by Katy Perry, which was fine on the album, but when the music video was released it had Kanye West doing a really lame rap in it as well.
  • June 29, 2011
    captainbrass2
    A possible inversion in Run-DMC's version of Walk This Way, which begins as a rap, then segues into a rock interlude courtesy of the original artists, Aerosmith.
  • June 29, 2011
    Aminatep
  • July 2, 2011
    Surenity
    Although Linkin Park commonly has rap mixed in with rock, in their remix album Reanimation many of their heavier songs that didn't have rap to begin with would be hi-jacked by a guest rapper right in the middle.
  • July 3, 2011
    TripleElation
    Just wanted to drop in and say this title made my day. (For enhanced visualization of trope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li-wEu0hRlk&feature=related ) Also that I don't think Just Dance by Lady Gaga is an example, because the guy doesn't rap. He sings in much the same manner that Gaga did.

  • July 3, 2011
    Earnest
    "Stan" by Eminem is arguably an inversion. He borrows the chorus from Dido's "Thank You" (still sung by her), a kinda sad but ultimately upbeat song and adds it to his rather bleak rap.
  • July 3, 2011
    StyxD
    • The Outsiders by REM has this at the very end.
    • Ghost Town by Before The Dawn at the beginning and before the last chorus, a rare example of this happening in a metal song.
  • July 4, 2011
    PoochyEXE
    I recall the Black Eyed Peas doing this at the Super Bowl halftime show. Not sure if it was part of the original song or if they mixed two songs together, though. (The song had the lyrics "I had the time of my life", if there's anybody here more familiar with their work who can fill in the blanks.)

    This is also fairly common in Japanese songs, albeit with a designated member of the group doing the raps instead of a guest rapper, and the instrumental accompaniment often retains the non-percussion melodic instruments. A couple examples:
    • m.o.v.e (of Initial D fame) has Yuri Masuda on lead vocals with Mototaka "Motsu" Segawa doing short raps in the background; the latter usually gets a solo rap section or two accompanied by an instrumental melody.
    • In Bemani games, Naoki Maeda's songs (mainly his older works) sometimes have Aaron G. on rap alternating with Paula Terry on vocals.
    • T-Pistonz+KMC (of Inazuma Eleven fame) usually gives KMC a solo where he typically does a slightly melodic Motor Mouth rap.
  • July 4, 2011
    AMNK
  • July 4, 2011
    MikeK
    • "Good Kill" by Too Much Joy has a guest verse by KRS-One (unnecessary bit of trivia: KRS-One did both this and his equally unlikely appearance on REM's "Radio Song" in the same year.)
    • Bad Lip Reading sometimes throws these into their music video gag dubs by incorporating some footage from a different video entirely: "Black Umbrella" has Snoop Dogg briefly appearing with Miley Cyrus, while "(Rockin') All Night Long" pairs off Taylor Swift and Wiz Khalifa. And of course "Gang Fight", their take on Rebecca Black's "Friday", has a rap section, since one was in the original.
  • July 4, 2011
    ElleWednesday
    This is totally nit-picky, but Justin Bieber and Eminem shouldn't be italicized.

    The title is hilarious, by the way.
  • July 5, 2011
    Jallen
    I want to say "Parodied" in a Tim Minchin song but I don't if that was the intent. Look just watch the video okay
  • July 5, 2011
    Kharonthe
    From the top of my mind: Tonight (I'm lovin' you) by Enrique Iglesias.

    By the way, the title made my day. Well done, sir.
  • July 5, 2011
    MetaFour
    • "Who Stole the Soul in Rock N Roll?" by The Dingees does this by sampling Chuck D's first verse from Public Enemy's "Rebel Without Pause". It's integrated so well that someone unfamiliar with the original song would think he was a guest vocalist and not a sample.
  • July 6, 2011
    Vyctorian
    It needs a better title.
  • July 6, 2011
    chihuahua0
    I think the "really lame" phase in the Katy Perry example should be removed since it's YMMV. Personally, I liked the rap part.
  • July 7, 2011
    pinkdalek
    Parodied in Jon Lajoie's "Pop Song", in which it's introduced with the lyrics "And now the token rap verse that doesn't make any sense but helps to get a small percentage of the urban music market".

    The Katy Perry "E.T." example is parodied in The Key Of Awesome, which pokes fun at how Katy is singing about her husband, using a cute metaphor about aliens to express how different their upbringing was, but Kanye is interpreting the lyrics literally, singing about Intercourse With Green Skinned Space Babes.

    The lyrics of that would be a good quote for the trope, actually:

    Katy Perry: Kan. Ye. Why are you here? I don't like this version, you're not on the album.
    Kanye West: Ka. Ty. Uhhh. Let me be clear. Uhhh. Every single pop hit. Needs a rapper on it.
  • July 7, 2011
    muckguppy
    Sonic Youth - Kool thing

    Chuck D comes in from the studio next door and suddenly the song takes a swerve towards the absurd and ironic usage of this EXACT trope.

    good work man!
  • July 7, 2011
    muckguppy
    ps. Flight of the concords also parody this to some degree, I'm sure of it. Just don't ask me for examples.. 'mein Einhorn brockelt'
  • July 7, 2011
    GoopsWorld
    Hardware Store by Weird Al Yankovic does this. So does "In The Ocean Blue" from the 3rd Charlie The Unicorn
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