A Wild Rapper Appears

Oh, crap! A random rap!
dascottjr, "Friday", Literal Video Version [1]

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 to promote both artists. Or, more simply, the two could 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.
    • This is actually inverted in the full number, which had an opera break that was cut from the final film.
  • Nigel breaks into one in Rio 2 during his impromptu version of I Will Survive.

     Live Action TV 

  • Justified by TLC, due to rapper Left Eye being part of the group. She also guest-appeared in songs by other artists. Despite being a fairly tame rapper by 90's standards, her verses still tended to be cut in radio edits.
  • Katy Perry's "California Gurls" features a rap by Snoop Dogg.
    • Also by Perry, a version of "E.T." (featured in the music video) had Kanye West doing a rap in it.
      • The E.T. example is especially hilarious when Kanye ruins any subtlety the song about romance with an alien had by interjecting with "Tell me what's next? Alien sex!"
    • No less than four of the six singles off Perry's album Teenage Dream featured A Wild Rapper Appears. Only one, the aforementioned "California Gurlz", had the rap present on the album; for the others, the rap was added for the radio release.
    • "Dark Horse" has a rap portion near the end, courtesy of The Three Six Mafia's Juicy J.
  • Lady Gaga also featured Flo Rida on "Starstruck", a track from her debut album, The Fame. It's not a very well-known song of hers, but it's still kind of out-of-nowhere, especially considering Gaga rarely has guest verses on her songs.
  • "Friday", by Rebecca Black, is a well-known example of this trope, provided by producer Patrice Wilson.
  • Justin Bieber frequently has rappers do this in his songs. The weirdest is "Never Say Never" with Jaden Smith, who isn't very good at it.
    • "Baby" is a very popular song, and a clear-cut example if you're not familiar with the trope.
    • As his appearance on a Chris Brown mixtape track, as well as his freestyle over Kanye West and Jay-Z's "Otis", prove, Justin Bieber is a pretty decent rapper himself. He never does it in his own songs though.
    • Nicki Minaj pops in out of nowhere for a verse of "Beauty and a Beat." The implied date rape ("You know I'm gonna hit 'im with the ether") is a little offputting.
  • Ludacris, T-Pain, Flo Rida, Pitbull and Lil Wayne frequently enter this as they work in basically everything (the first is one of those who worked with Bieber).
    • Fittingly, Ludacris has also worked with Usher; the rap segment of "Yeah!" was his doing.
      • General consensus about Ludacris is that whatever song he appears in becomes better because of him showing up, and that his guest verses are much better than his actual songs.
    • Increasingly this is true with Rick Ross, Mac Miller and French Montana as well.
    • Kanye West, Eminem and Jay-Z have shades of this as well, but the collaborations they do like this are quite rare, and it's often much less jarring when they do so.
      • Case in point for each of them - Kanye in "American Boy" by Estelle, Eminem in Akon's "Smack That", Jay-Z in "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce, although it didn't work quite as well for Jay-Z in "Lost+" by Coldplay
      • It also didn't work very well with Jay-Z in "Suit and Tie" by Justin Timberlake, as the verse is very disconnected from the song and plays over a slower beat.
    • Kardinal Offishall is this to the Canadian market. Of note is his appearance in Raghav's "So Much", which features a unique take on the rap bridge (specifically, Raghav himself sings the first third of the bridge and Kardinal Offishall raps the final two-thirds).
    • This is practically Pitbull's Modus Operandi. Starting with Usher's "DJ Got Us Falling In Love" from 2010, there have been more songs that feature him as this trope than there are with him as the main singer (and even for those, he nearly always has someone else filling in for this trope's role, though usually by singing and not rapping.)
  • Subverted in "Rapture" by Blondie, although considered the Ur Example. Instead of someone else rapping in her song, Debbie Harry does it herself. Even when they had Coolio appear on "No Exit", they dodged having a true example of this trope - both Debbie Harry and Coolio were rapping in the verses.
  • Oddly, when Kanye West was in his Autotune-phase, "Amazing" felt very much like this, despite West being a rapper himself, after his singing for 2 and a half minutes, Young Jeezy's appearance is very jarring.
    • Despite Lil Wayne at the time being the other major Autotuned rapper in the industry (although this depends on if you class T-Pain in what would be a very loose definition of the term "rapper"), his rap on "See You In My Nightmares" on the same album is as, if not more, jarring - especially since he sings the chorus on Autotune. You read that right: Two rappers (both of whom use Autotune frequently) did a song and made the rap part sound out of place.
  • Jenna Rose's song "My Jeans" has a rapper named Baby Triggy show up in the middle of the song.
  • REM’s "Radio Song" has KRS-One rapping at the end. Much later Q-Tip would contribute a rap verse to "The Outsiders".
    • KRS also appears in the middle of Noisia and Mayhem's "Exodus". It's not everyday you hear someone rap over a Neurofunk track.
  • "Underneath It All" and "Hey Baby" by No Doubt - but note that Lady Saw and Bounty Killer are Jamaican Dancehall Reggae artistes, rather than rappers.
  • The "All Day, Every Day" remix of Texas's "Say What You Want", which features RZA and Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • Sonic Youth's "Kool Thing" uses this. Although instead of delivering an actual rap, Chuck D just responds to Kim Gordon's spoken monologue with deliberately vague, meaningless hip-hop cliches ("Tell it like it is... Yeah, word up!")
  • Hard 'n' Phirm's "Pi" features fellow comedian/musician Howard Kremer aka Dragon Boy Suede.
  • Kevin Max's "Existence" has a bridge featuring Knowdaverbs from GRITS.
  • 'Alligator Sky' by Owl City.
  • UB40's cover of "Red Red Wine" has in some versions a Reggae-Rap section. Neil Diamond's original version is unsurprisingly absent of rapping.
  • A much earlier example: "Every Little Step" by Bobby Brown has a rap portion, though by Bobby himself.
  • Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One" has a remix featuring A$ap Rocky, who sings the intro and bridge of the song.
  • Emilie Autumn, of all people, does this in "Opheliac". It's done by Emilie herself, though.
  • Kevin Rudolf has this in many of his songs, but it's justified due to him being signed to Cash Money Records and actually associating with the guest rappers on a regular basis. It doesn't make their appearances any less sudden, like with Lil Wayne on "Let It Rock" and Rick Ross on "Welcome to the World". Often the lyrics of the rapping don't have any association with the rest of the song.
  • Parodied by inversion in Jack Sparrow by The Lonely Island, where a rap song has a wild Michael Bolton appear...
    • Also parodied in YOLO, where their song is interrupted by Kendrick Lamar's rap... about investment and retirement advice. It's actually sound advice.
      • In fact, their rap is interrupted by Adam Levine's singing, whereas Lamar's rap fits the group's music genre. So it's more an inversion, Suddenly A Wild Singer Appears.
  • "Electronic Pleasure" by N-Trance.
  • "Good Kill" by Too Much Joy ends with a rap by KRS-One. Oddly enough, this was released the same year he also appeared on R.E.M.'s "Radio Song".
  • Bad Religion's "Let Them Eat War" features a rap verse by Sage Francis.
  • Parodied on the song "Pop Song" by Jon Lajoie
    And now the token rap verse that doesn't make any sense
    But helps me get a small percentage of the urban music market
  • "Lost+" by Coldplay, courtesy of Jay-Z.
  • Pete Townshend's "Who Are You (Gateway Remix)", which is basically his solo version of The Who song, includes a rap verse by Hame.
  • Inverted in the Eminem song "Stan", which features refrains from pop singer Dido. The song helped get Dido's own single out.
  • The now little-remembered Charity Motivation Song "Voices That Care" included a brief rap by Will Smith. This was even more jarringly, awkwardly done in the Dutch answer to this, “Als je iets kan doen” by Artiesten voor Azië.
  • "My Love" by Justin Timberlake features an appearance by T.I.
  • "We Are The World 2010" has a whole section of this.
  • Parodied by The Axis Of Awesome in their How To Write A Love Song where Lee pops in with a rap in the middle of their R&B love song.
  • "Roll the Bones" by Rush, provided by usual vocalist Geddy Lee, but with his voice drastically altered via studio effects.
  • Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin'" kind of doubles up on this - the bridge has both M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj rapping for a few lines each.
  • Michael Jackson thought that rap wouldn't catch on, according to Quincy Jones, back in The Eighties. Once he was proven wrong, wild rappers became a mainstay on his albums.
    • "Black Or White" (Dangerous) has a rap bridge credited to a mysterious "L.T.B." The video has Macaulay Culkin lip-sync this part.
    • "Jam" (Dangerous) features a rap by Heavy D.
    • "This Time Around" (HIStory) and "Unbreakable" (Invincible) both feature The Notorious B.I.G.
    • "2 Bad" (HIStory) features Shaquille O'Neal.
    • "Heartbreaker" and "Invincible" (Invincible) feature Fats.
    • The entirety of the 25th anniversary re-recording of Thriller has them.
  • "Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)" by Big & Rich has a guest appearance by Cowboy Troy in the middle.
  • Kirsty MacColl's "Walking Down Madison" has a rap bridge by Aniff Cousins. He doesn't entirely appear out of nowhere though - he also gets the spoken line "would you like to see some more?" in the chorus.
  • The Jessie J song "Price Tag" has a rap by B.o.B.
    • And then there's the Dizzee Rascal and Big Sean raps in Jessie J's "Wild" which don't fit the style or the content of the rest of the song. Dizee even takes over mid-verse.
  • The last verse of Riskay's positively delightful Smell Yo Dick.
  • Maroon 5 has Wiz Khalifa appear in "Payphone."
    • Khalifa also appears in Cee Lo Green's "Bright Lights, Bigger City". It should be noted that the studio versions of both songs omit Khalifa.
  • Betty Wright And The Roots' Betty Wright: The Movie has three such appearances - Snoop Dogg on "Real Woman", Lil Wayne on "Grapes On A Vine" note  and Robert "The Messenger" Bozeman on "Hollywould". Though The Roots are a hip-hop group, they only provide instrumentation on the album, and most of the vocals are sung by Betty Wright herself.
  • Double-subverted by Keane's Stop For A Minute. It features K'NAAN, a rapper, who sings. But right after the second chorus, he abruptly switches to rapping.
    • "Looking Back," however, plays it straight.
  • Three tracks on Giulietta's debut album Ascension featured an uncredited MC. Her sophomore album/mixtape, 911: Code Pink, featured no less than seven rappers, all credited.
  • Daisy Dares You's sole hit, "Number One Enemy", features Chipmunk, whose appearance is one Big Lipped Alligator Moment within the song.
  • "You're Freaking Me Out Girl" by Wired All Wrong has a rap bridge provided by Count Bass D. He was most likely brought in due to connections with Wired All Wrong's vocalist Matt Mahaffey - both hail from Tennessee, and Count Bass D was once signed to Spongebath, the independent label Mahaffey co-founded.
  • Not quite a rap break, but the Anthrax song 1000 Points of Hate features dj scratching by Public Enemy's Terminator X.
  • Christina Aguilera did a cover of "Lady Marmalade" which plays with this, being evenly split between singing (P!nk and Christina) and rapping (Lil' Kym and Mya).
  • Disney Channel examples:
    • "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" by Selena Gomez features one by an uncredited rapper.
      • "Intuition" features raps by Eric Bellinger.
    • "Who's That Boy" by Demi Lovato features a rap by Dev. (However, since they almost sound similar, it's hard to tell if Demi or Dev was doing the rap in the middle of the song.)
    • "Liberty Walk" by Miley Cyrus, rapped by Miley herself.
      • The hip-hop-influenced Bangerz has raps by Future, French Montana, Nelly, Big Sean, Ludacris and Miley herself.
  • The cartoon themed group Gorillaz is famous for this. Their hit single off the first album - called Clint Eastwood - featured Del The Funky Homosapien as the rapper. It would go on from there.
  • Islands' "Where There's A Will There's A Whalebone" is sort of unusual, as it technically features more rapping than singing, yet still feels like an example of this: usual vocalist Nick Thorburn sings in the beginning and end of the song, but the whole middle section is ceded to guest rappers Subtitle and Busdriver.
  • All I Need Is Love by Cee Lo Green and The Muppets has a rap bridge... performed by Pepe the King Prawn.
  • Reggae song "Informer" by Snow features producer M.C. Shan jumping in to rap for a bit.
  • Madcon's cover of "Beggin'" by Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. Just when you think it could be a worthy cover of a classic song, a random rapper appears. Fans of the original weren't happy — at all!
  • Bruce Springsteen has this happen on the song "Rocky Ground" from his album Wrecking Ball features background vocalist Michelle Moore rapping the song's final verse.
  • The Jonas Brothers song "Burnin Up" features a rap by the brothers' bodyguard Big Rob.
  • The Brad Paisley song "Accidental Racist" features LL Cool J doing one of the strangest rapping bits of all time.
  • Ariana Grande's "The Way" features Mac Miller doing the intro and the middle of the song.
  • A very early version (possibly the ur-example, and definitely an awesome example) was the Run-DMC cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" in which the rappers took over the vocals.
  • Gersberms by Hard 'n' Phirm (a song based off the Ermahgerd meme) has a rapping bridge from The Swedish Chef of all things.
  • Averted with everything from rock band Zebrahead, for which rapper Ali Tabatabaee is actually one of the two vocalists in the band and his rapping is just part of their style.
  • Enter Shikari do this in too many cases to count. Interestingly, the rapping is always done by lead singer Rou Reynolds.
  • "Everytime We Touch" from Cash Cash has a rapping segment by MC Oz and Spose worked on "Red Cup (I Fly Solo)."
  • Alice Cooper's "Dirty Diamonds" album was his usual style, right until Xzibit shows up for the bonus track at the end. The guest appearance was a little less inexplicable when "Stand" first appeared on Unity: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album a year earlier, since it was a compilation themed around collaborations.
  • Pet Shop Boys' "Thursday" is a disco/house song, with Example rapping over the bridge.
  • 30 Seconds to Mars "Hurricane" is a rock song with rapping by Kanye West in it. There's a version without it and an extra chorus replacing his portion though; that version tends to be the preferred, especially by fans of the band.
  • Vitamin C's hit "single", Smile was actually more of a duet between her singing and Lady Saw's rapping.
  • Outkast's "Roses" features a rap verse by Big Boi. Normally this wouldn't really be an example because Outkast are Andre 3000 and Big Boi as a hip hop/soul duo. However, "Roses" is otherwise entirely sung by Andre 3000, and the Distinct Double Album format of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below means that this is one of the few times on the entire album that both artists appear in the same song.
  • "Runaway" by Cabaret Voltaire, from an album that's essentially house meets Synth Pop, contains a rap segment fitting in with the song's theme of money.
  • One remix of Amy Winehouse's "I'm No Good" adds a guest verse by Ghostface Killah but is otherwise identical to the album version. It's a B-Side, as well as a Hidden Track on some versions of Back To Black, and also appears on Ghostface Killah's album More Fish, even though it's technically his guest appearance on another artist's song.
  • Linkin Park is quite fond of this trope, using it on their remixes, along with their single "Guilty All the Same".
  • In what's probably the only example of this trope (so far) occurring in a Symphonic Metal song, Within Temptation's "And We Run" features a rap bridge by Xzibit. This actually caught the band some flak before the release of Hydra ("Pimp My Metal" jokes were fairly common for a while), although that subsided once the album came out and people finally listened to the actual song.
  • Peter Hollen's version of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" features a rapid-fire rap by George Watsky.
  • "Jesus Freak" by dc Talk. Subverted in that although it's a rock song, dc Talk was predominately a hip-hop group in their early days.
    • Bonus points to the Newsboys (now lead by former dc Talk member Michael Tait) for their cover; unlike the original, they outsource the rap parts. To KJ-52.
  • The Doubleclicks' song "Tabletop Games" features a rap verse by Adam WarRock.
  • "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line got a remix that featured Nelly, which actually propelled the song to even more popularity, making it to the top 5 and going 8x platinum. Nelly's verse tends to get removed on pop radio, which its as ridiculous as it sounds; they aired the rap remix and then removed the rap from the remix.


    Video Games 
  • 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. Don't worry, they all die before the game starts proper.
  • U.S. Tuned, the North American opening for Auto Modellista.
  • The normal battle theme for Ar tonelico: Melody of Elemia has a random rapper enter the song just before it loops.

     Web Animation 
  • 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.

     Web Original 
  • This cover of this song.
  • "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" by Felicia Day has a wild rap verse performed by Jeff Lewis (Vork) and Sandeep Parikh (Zaboo).
  • Lampshaded and discussed in the Key of Awesome parody of Katy Perry's "ET":
    Katy Perry: Kanye,/Why are you here?/I don't like this version./You're not on the album.
    Kanye West: Katy, ungh,/Let me be clear, ungh./Every single pop hit/Needs a rapper on it.
  • Todd in the Shadows said that he checked out Justin Bieber's new Christmas album because a live version of a song had one featuring Busta Rhymes.
    • While many of the songs he has reviewed include the trope, his review of "Girl On Fire" by Alicia Keys parodies it with random momentum-destroying appearances by The Rap Critic to talk about Nicki Minaj's added verses.
    Todd: All this song is is a creatively exhaustive, meaningless pile of-
    Rap Critic: And then the featured guest randomly comes back in, ruining the momentum of the video!
  • This video from Chester See and Tobuscus features Wayne Brady as the wild rapper.
  • Party of Three by the band NinjaSexParty features a subversion of this trope when Arin "Egoraptor" Hanson starts rapping at a pool party... Only to come back moments later with the lead singer, Danny "Sexbang" Avidan rapping himself.
  • This gets parodied mercilessly in the Yogscast song "Does Santa Claus", which is a parody of charity movements such as "Do They Know It's Christmas". After it alternates through various members of the Yogscast, Hat Films come and do an impromptu rap which completely clashes with the rest of the song, then disappear again. Just before the song rounds up, In The Little Wood does the same thing.
  • The Jacksfilms song "Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson)" features Toby Turner, aka Tobuscus, appear to deliver a short rap, then skateboard away.

     Western Animation 
  • 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. Gwen also does it during the song "Gypsy Rap".
  • The Veggie Tales 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.
  • This promo for The Amazing World of Gumball has Richard as the rapper.
  • How Murray Saved Christmas: The Easter Bunny does this during the town's anthem number.