* AdaptationDisplacement: While the film has been overshadowed by its own theme song, the novel has faded into complete obscurity.
* EarWorm: The theme song.
* JustHereForGodzilla: The film is a pretty standard '70s cop flick. But that theme song all by itself makes it a classic.
* MemeticMutation: ''Daaaaamn right.''
** ''bad mother-- [[BigShutUp shut your mouth!]]''
** We can dig it!
* UnfortunateImplications: While Shaft himself is a smart hero, the other black characters in the film are all...considerably less so.