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You're listening to a pop
song, when suddenly, out of nowhere, a rapper jumps into the song. Then, almost as suddenly as he appeared, he disappears into the night, and the song returns to normal.
It can be, but is not necessarily, a rapping bridge. This is generally due to deals made by record companies, since they want to make the most money possible
. Or, more simply, the two artists might be genuine friends collaborating. Such songs are often bowdlerised
on the radio, when the entire rap verse is deleted even if it contains nothing questionable, as if the musical concept itself is offensive.
A similar practice existed in the early 1940s (which could be called A Wild Texan Appears), where a guy with a southern accent suddenly started talking over the music without warning. The trope name is a pun on a line in the Pokémon
games "A wild <Pokémon> appeared!", which has become a meme with the verb in the present tense "appears"
Compare with Stealth Hi/Bye
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Anime And Manga
- In an episode of Samurai Champloo, a trio of local villagers come out of nowhere and start rapping about recent events, and then leave equally abruptly leaving the protagonists just as confused as the viewer.
- The full version Kill la Kill's main theme, "Before My Body Is Dry", features one.
- Inverted with Gurren Lagann's "Libera Me From Hell", which is more of a rap song in which a wild opera singer appears (though the operatic parts get more of a focus within the show itself.)
- Who could forget the rapping dog in Titanic: The Legend Goes On?
- Sister Act 2 has some isolated instances of rapping.
- The sequel to the other animated Titanic movie gives us a rapping shark. Yo, yo, yo! Look at my teeth!
- In a similar vein, the rapping Cheshire Cat in Care Bears in Wonderland.
- Those three rappers who make a cameo in Scenes From a Mall. ("California! The sun shines hard! People wear shorts on the bulla-vard!") They're not interrupting a musical number, but it's still pretty random.
- In Teen Witch, the main character and her friend happen upon a few street kids rapping. The main character uses her magic to give her friend the power to rap back at them. The film is otherwise not a musical. Except that one musical number where the girls burst out their expressions of heterosexuality.
- Tex Richman does this for his Villain Song in The Muppets.
- Julien Donkey-Boy: "WELL. I'M. A. BLACK ALBINO, STRAIGHT FROM ALABAMA..."
Live Action TV
- "Climax Jump (Gun Form)" and "Climax Jump (Den-Liner Form)", two of the many versions of Kamen Rider Den-O's opening theme, both feature a random rap by Ryutaros in the middle.
- The Conan O'Brien parody of "Friday" had a rapper show up, utterly confused by his own role in the song.
"Why is there a rapper here?
What exactly am I here?
I am getting out of here!"
"That was a rapper,
Which makes this a real song!"
- The German Olympic skater Katarina Witt appeared in several Christmas TV specials in the early 1990s. In one of them, out of nowhere she suddenly breaks into a full-on rap.
- Doctor Who: "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" opens with the Ringmaster unexpectedly rapping expository dialogue: a dramatic device not used before or since in the show's entire history.
- "Kick It!" from Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza is a regular improv scene which switches to rap and back at another player's command.
- "Twin Bed" from the Saturday Night Live has Jimmy Fallon who was previously one of the boyfriends suddenly start rapping.
- His World from Sonic 2006 might shock you with this once you reach the credits, since its melody is teased throughout the game, but you never get any indication that a rap is coming.
- The album version of Kanon (2006)'s ending theme has a random and incomprehensible rap segment. No, really.
- The first boss theme for Einhänder, surprisingly an Ear Worm. This rap was justified by being a sample from a then-famous disc, so even Ar tonelico got in on the fun.
- The Final Fight stage theme in Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 has a gangster rap segment, complete with profanity. Even more wild is that you can only hear those lyrics when playing the arcade version of the game. The console ports of the game cut out the rap segment, because of the profanity.
- The intro to Brutal Legend features a rap segment in the middle of a metal song. Right after the pop segment. To be fair, though, the band in question had been painfully homogenized for tween audiences, and they all die before the game starts proper.
- U.S. Tuned, the North American opening for Auto Modellista.
- Homestar Runner: Inverted with "Rap Song" by Coach Z (accidentally) featuring Peacey P. The song itself is all rap, but has an R&B break, performed by Tenerence Love. "Loading Screens" is a straight example, as is "Trudgemank".
- "In the Ocean Blue", from the third episode of Charlie The Unicorn, is occasionally interrupted by a shrimp rapping names of many sea creatures similarly to the Pokerap.
- In the album version of "I Burn", Yang Xiao Long's Leitmotif in RWBY, Lamar Hall suddenly breaks in with a rap verse.
- Exaggerated in the Phineas and Ferb episode "Spa Day", which has a song with relaxing, lounge music, except for a completely out-of-the-blue rap tune interrupting it in the middle - the catch being that the rap section made up the majority of the song.
- Total Drama World Tour: Harold interrupts some songs to start rapping, much to the others' annoyance.
- The VeggieTales song "BellyButton".
- The opening theme to Libertys Kids, with a rap courtesy of Aaron Carter:
I take my heart into battle
Give that freedom bell a rattle
Gonna have independence signed
I'll sign right here on the dotted line
Red, white, and blue, never give up
We represent America!
- Schoolhouse Rock has one in the form of a rapping walrus during the solo parts of the otherwise rock & roll-themed "Save the Ocean" in "Earth Rock", provided by Eric "Badlands" Booker.
- In one of their tie-in music videos, The Simpsons did an in-universe one, with Bart interrupting a school recital to perform "Do the Bartman." (Amusingly, this would be referenced in a Call Back on the TV show proper about a decade later, with a character, no other than Ralph Wiggum, mocking it by saying "That is so 1991!")
- In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "What, Meme Worry?", the Biskit twins have their butler LeGrande do this in their music video.