Back in the days of old school rap, HipHop was often used as part of someone who is TotallyRadical. With the rise of popularity of hardcore hip-hop and the ''far more aggressive'' gangsta rap, rap is now used as a motif for anything related to the darker aspects of street life. If you hear hip hop in the soundtrack, you can be sure that everything is taking place on the wrong side of the law.

"Conscious" hip hop artists such as Mos Def, Music/ATribeCalledQuest, or Common may be used in a soundtrack to give an urban-yet-indie feel.


* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' series ''runneth over'' with this kind of motif. Even the third movie which takes place in Japan (I WONDAA IF YOO KNO HOW THEY RIIBU IN TO-KY-O!!! IF YOO SIIN IT AND YOU FEERIIT DEN YOO KNO YOO HABU TOO GO! FAST AND FURIUUUUUS!!!)
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' also plays this one; although you can listen to any kind of music in the radio (although you a busta if you do,) most of the music featured in the cutscenes is gangsta rap.
* The delinquent hotrods in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' are introduced blasting hip-hop from their speakers.
* ''Series/TheWire'' doesn't have any actual soundtrack, but gangster characters are often introduced by a steady hip-hop beat [[SourceMusic coming from their car stereo.]]
* ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'':Hip Hop::''Anime/CowboyBebop'':GenreMotif/{{Jazz}}
* Pretty much completely averted in ''Series/{{Skins}}'' when Cassie's kindly middle-aged driver starts blasting "Move, Bitch" by Ludacris.
** The background character Posh Kenneth pretty much exists solely to take the piss out of this trope.
** And referenced in a crazy CrowningMomentOfFunny in JJ's [=S4=] episode when he and his equally nice mum are in a ludicrously cute [=2CV=] singing along to "Vicks", "My Hooker" and "White Ladies" (written for the show by Fat Segal and Creator/DanielKaluuya - the bloke who played Posh Kenneth - but you can probably guess what they sound like from the titles).
* Unsurprisingly all over the ''VideoGame/DefJamSeries'' since it was licensed by the record company of the same name and featured many Hip Hop and Rap artists as fighters.
* The announcement that ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' would have a hip-hop/rap soundtrack surprised many people. Then the game came out.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' uses rap as a general motif of [[LaResistance sticking it to the man]] in some of its songs, most notably the aptly titled "Rap is a Man's Soul", [[RefrainFromAssuming better known as "Raw Raw Fight The Power".]] It may also contain the only example of a song combining rap and ''[[MundaneMadeAwesome opera]]''.
* ''Series/DanceAcademy'' has the sweet but rebellious girl Kat Karamazov live and breathe hip-hop. When there is street-dancing in the series, it tends to involve hip-hop.
* ''Music/StarBomb'' is heavily influenced by hip hop.
* The gangster controlling the block in ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' produces his own GangstaRap, which shows off how much he's romanticised his own image of being a gangster. The other character in the movie shown prominently listening to hip-hop is the wealthy white college student who goes to the block to buy weed from the gang members, whose taste in music combined with his clueless contribution to the social conditions that produced all the music he likes is used for deliberate irony.
* Spoofed in ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'' in the "Undercover Cloth" arc. Jack goes into a BadGuyBar and pounding hip-hop starts playing, but the lyrics [[LiteralMusicVideo literally describe what the characters are doing]].
* In ''Fanfic/AintNoGrave'', Bucky Barnes, despite being a white guy who was born nearly a hundred years ago, develops a fondness for gangsta rap. He is a tough guy with a DarkAndTroubledPast so it fits thematically, even if it is amusingly incongruous when Captain America's buddy who grew up during Prohibition starts making Wu-Tang Clan references.
* ''Franchise/TheDynamiteTwinsAndFriends'' is heavily influenced by hip-hop and [[GenericGraffiti graffiti]]. Especially from the 80s and 90s.