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->''"Hey, [[Music/JustinTimberlake Justin]]...we feel like you need something hip-hoppy in your video. You know any rappers? "''
-->-- '''Robin Black''', ''Series/VideoOnTrial''

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, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment 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 [[MusicIsPolitics promote both artists]]. Or, more simply, the two could be genuine friends who work together all the time. Such songs are often {{bowdlerise}}d on the radio, when the entire rap verse is deleted even if it contains nothing questionable, as if the musical concept itself is offensive (or maybe because the station figures their listeners don't like rap). This happens a lot during eras when Top 40 and urban radio don't have a lot of crossover artists -- it's an attempt by labels to tentatively promote pop artists to a more urban audience and vice versa without committing to a verse they can't remove.

Don't be surprised to find the pop singer returning the favor by singing the hook in a later song by said rapper.

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 ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' games "A wild <Pokémon> appeared!", [[BeamMeUpScotty which has become a meme with the verb in the present tense "appears"]].



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In an episode of ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', 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 of Ryuko's {{Leitmotif}} from ''Anime/KillLaKill'', "Before My Body Is Dry", features one.
* Inverted with ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''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.)
* Inverted with the first theme of ''Anime/YokaiWatch'', the "Gera Gera Po Song". It's predominantly a rap in both Japanese and English, though the English version (which retained the audio of the original OP) is more blatant in tone.

* Creator/DemetriMartin brings this trope up in his 2015 special ''Live (At The Time).''
-->'''Demetri:''' I just thought that was hilarious, because you never see that in any other art form. Not like literature; y'know, you're reading a book: "What'd you think of that novel?" "Pretty good, y'know, I got into the story, first seven chapters. Then in the middle there was a really angry first-person essay... this other writer, I dunno if they're friends or something. Y'know, this guy has a big dick, he's gonna sleep with all these women, and it's a whole thing. He's not gonna buy 'em stuff, though, he made that clear. He'll sleep with them, but he's not looking to get tied down. All caps. Very confident. Lot of it rhymed, and then the essay was over and it went back to the story; y'know, it was all right."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Who could forget the rapping dog in ''WesternAnimation/TitanicTheLegendGoesOn''?
* The sequel to the other animated Titanic movie, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic'', gives us a rapping shark. [[BoastfulRap Yo, yo, yo! Look at my teeth!]]
* In a similar vein, the rapping Cheshire Cat in ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland''.
* Nigel breaks into one in ''WesternAnimation/Rio2'' during his impromptu version of ''I Will Survive''.
* The ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' [[CutSong scrapped]] VillainSong "Cool With Me" featured a section where Elsa rapped the names of the snowmen who she was "cool" with.
-->'''Elsa:''' Svensen is cool with me, Jensen is cool with me. Jorgen and Fjorgen and Bjoergen are cool with me. Gunthar and Gunnar think Im okay. Diedrich and Friedrich and Jose. And Olaf's my first one, he's kind of my worst one.\\
'''Olaf:''' I have a perfect physique!\\
'''Elsa:''' I find jobs that'll suit him and always include him and [=NOBODY=] calls him a freak.
* The ending credits to ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep: The Movie'' play over an extended version of "Life's a Treat" (the TV theme song by Vic Reeves) with additional material by the rap duo Rizzle Kicks.
* "You're Welcome" from ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' contains Maui rapping near the end. It isn't so obvious (especially since Maui sings the rest of the song too), however the version by Jordan Fisher and Lin-Manuel makes it more obvious that it's a rap.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsMagicalMovieNight'': The "Dance Magic" music video is overall disco-themed, but is interrupted in the middle by a rap sequence from Pinkie Pie.
* Creator/RobinWilliams gets a [[LyricalDissonance disconcertingly upbeat]] rap number about AnimalTesting in ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SisterAct 2'' has some isolated instances of rapping.
* Those three rappers who make a cameo in ''Scenes From a Mall''. ("California! The sun shines hard! People wear shorts on the [[FunetikAksent bulla-vard]]!") They're not interrupting a musical number, but it's still pretty random.
* In ''Film/TeenWitch'', 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.
* Tex Richman does this for his VillainSong in ''Film/TheMuppets''. This is actually [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in the full number, which had an opera break that was cut from the final film.
* ''Film/JulienDonkeyBoy'': "WELL. I'M. A. BLACK ALBINO, STRAIGHT FROM ALABAMA..."
* The page image is from the intro ([[{{Bookends}} and outro]]) to ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', where the trope is very much PlayedForLaughs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBfBRT9WgDk "Climax Jump (Gun Form)"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF37t0wT5lA "Climax Jump (Den-Liner Form)"]], two of the many versions of ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'''s opening theme, both feature a random rap by Ryutaros in the middle.
** A non-bridge example is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOfHYvKzq2s "Te wo Tsunagou"]] from ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' which features random rapping by Ankh.
** Taken UpToEleven with ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'', which features raps as the jingles for the Eyecons.
* The ''Creator/ConanOBrien'' parody of "Music/{{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?\\
[[LampshadeHanging Did I just rhyme]] [[RhymingWithItself 'here' wit '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, [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]] she suddenly breaks into a full-on rap.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "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. Justified: [[spoiler:the Ringmaster only does this as another way to entertain the Gods of Ragnarok between acts.]]
* "Kick It!" from ''Series/DrewCareysImprovAGanza'' is a regular improv scene which switches to rap and back at another player's command.
* "Twin Bed" from the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' has Jimmy Fallon who was previously one of the boyfriends suddenly start rapping.
* [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Robin Sparkles' Let's Go to the Mall]].
* Dean Learner does one on the [[StylisticSuck ghastly]] wannabe pop hit in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''.
* In ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca sings a song called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ky-BYK-f154 "The Sexy Getting Ready Song,"]] which features rapper Nipsey Hussle right in the middle ... until he sees all the stuff that women use to get ready and decides that he's got to apologize to some "bitches."

* Justified by Music/{{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.
* {{Mariah Carey}}'s [[https://youtu.be/-tCTm5M3Cp8 "Fantasy" remix]] attracted a ton of attention at a time where pop singers rarely collaborated with rappers. Featuring [[Music/WuTangClan Ol' Dirty Bastard]], it became just as popular as the original, and [[http://www.etonline.com/music/172555_mariah_carey_fantasy_20_years_later/ critics credit it]] with popularizing this trope.
* Music/KatyPerry:
** "California Gurls" features a rap by Music/SnoopDogg.
** Also by Perry, a version of "E.T." (featured in the music video) had Music/KanyeWest doing a rap in it. This is especially hilarious because Kanye ruins any subtlety the song had about romance with someone extremely different from yourself, 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 Music/ThreeSixMafia's Juicy J, who unlike Kanye deserves credit for not breaking the flow of the song.
* Music/LadyGaga:
** Lady Gaga featured Music/FloRida 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.
** ''ARTPOP'' has "Jewels N' Drugs" which ups the ante by featuring '''three''' guest rap verses, from Music/{{TI}}., Too $hort, and Twista respectively.
* "Music/{{Friday}}", by Music/RebeccaBlack, is a well-known example of this trope, provided by producer Patrice Wilson.
** Subverted and lampshaded in Black's follow-up song "Saturday". The song itself has no rapping, but at the end of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVCzdpagXOQ music video]] a random rapper bursts into the house party spitting disjointed rhymes, [[SelfDeprecation and is promptly dragged off by police while the party-goers look on awkwardly.]]
* Music/JustinBieber 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 Music/ChrisBrown mixtape track, as well as his freestyle over Music/KanyeWest and Music/JayZ's "Otis", prove, Justin Bieber is a pretty decent rapper himself. He never does it in his own songs though.
** Music/NickiMinaj 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. It's highly improbable that was Nicki's intended meaning. In hip hop parlance, it's more likely to mean something more along the lines of "I'm going to do a really good job rapping." Commonly used slang in rap music (check out the song "Ether" by Nas).
* Ludacris, Music/TPain, Flo Rida, Music/{{Pitbull}} and Music/LilWayne frequently enter this as they [[WolverinePublicity work in basically everything]] (the first is one of those who worked with Bieber).
** Fittingly, Ludacris has also worked with Music/{{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 Music/RickRoss, Mac Miller and French Montana as well.
** Music/KanyeWest, Music/{{Eminem}} and Music/JayZ 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 Music/JustinTimberlake, 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 Music/{{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.)
** Music/NickiMinaj is also known for this, to the point where much of the songs included in her record-breaking (beating Music/ArethaFranklin for the woman with the most Billboard Top 100 hits) number of hits are featured verses and not her own songs. Like with Ludacris, some critics claim that her features are better than her actual songs.
* Subverted in "Rapture" by Music/{{Blondie}}, although considered the UrExample. 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 Music/KanyeWest 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 Music/LilWayne at the time being the other major Autotuned rapper in the industry (although this depends on if you class Music/TPain 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DwT_2QQU64 "My Jeans"]] has a rapper named Baby Triggy show up in the middle of the song.
* Music/{{REM}}s "Radio Song" has [[Music/KRSOne KRS-One]] rapping at the end. Much later [[Music/ATribeCalledQuest Q-Tip]] would contribute a rap verse to "The Outsiders".
** KRS also appears in the middle of Music/{{Noisia}} and Mayhem's "Exodus". It's not everyday you hear someone rap over a Neurofunk track.
* "Underneath It All" and "Hey Baby" by Music/NoDoubt - 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 Music/WuTangClan.
* Music/SonicYouth's "[[XtremeKoolLetterz Kool]] Thing" uses this. Although instead of delivering an actual rap, [[Music/PublicEnemy 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 Music/OwlCity.
** Three versions of the song exist, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BctkkpkefSo original version with Shawn Christopher]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN5jTL_gvaQ one without any rapping]], and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-xRJ37wbZY another rap version with B.O.B.]] that hasn't been officially released and came about from a friendly back and forth between B.O.B. and Adam Young on Twitter.
** Live show version: Instead of playing the song without the rap portion, the album version of the rap is played...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bci7bkxRK7w with Shawn Christopher appearing through a prerecorded projection,]] similar to the kind used for Vocaloid live shows.
* [=UB40=]'s cover of "Red Red Wine" has in some versions a Reggae-Rap section. Music/NeilDiamond'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.
* Music/SamSmith's "I'm Not The Only One" has a remix featuring A$ap Rocky, who sings the intro and bridge of the song.
* Music/EmilieAutumn, of all people, does this in "Opheliac". It's done by Emilie herself, though.
* KevinRudolf 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 Music/LilWayne on "Let It Rock" and RickRoss 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 "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY Jack Sparrow]]" by Music/TheLonelyIsland, where a rap song has a wild Music/MichaelBolton appear...
* Also parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Otla5157c YOLO,]] where their song is interrupted by Music/KendrickLamar'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 [[NTrance 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 Music/{{REM}}'s "Radio Song".
* Music/BadReligion's "Let Them Eat War" features a rap verse by Sage Francis.
* Parodied on the song "Pop Song" by Music/JonLajoie
-->''And now the [[LampshadeHanging token rap verse]] that doesn't make any sense''
-->''But helps me get a small percentage of the urban music market''
* "Lost+" by Music/{{Coldplay}}, courtesy of Music/JayZ.
* Pete Townshend's "Who Are You (Gateway Remix)", which is basically his solo version of Music/TheWho song, includes a rap verse by Hame.
* Inverted in the Music/{{Eminem}} song "Stan", which features refrains from pop singer Dido. The song helped get Dido's own single out.
* Also inverted with Music/TheBlackEyedPeas song "Where is the Love?", which has Music/JustinTimberlake singing the refains.
* The now little-remembered CharityMotivationSong "Voices That Care" included a brief rap by Music/WillSmith. This was even more jarringly, awkwardly done in the Dutch answer to this, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYynkgJi1s4 Als je iets kan doen]] by Artiesten voor Azië.
* "My Love" by Music/JustinTimberlake features an appearance by Music/{{TI}}
* The 2010 Haiti remake of "Music/WeAreTheWorld" has a whole section of this.
* Parodied by Music/TheAxisOfAwesome 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 Music/{{Rush}}, provided by usual vocalist Geddy Lee, but with his voice drastically altered via studio effects.
* {{Music/Madonna}}'s "Give Me All Your Luvin'" kind of doubles up on this - the bridge has both Music/{{MIA}} and Music/NickiMinaj rapping for a few lines each.
* Music/MichaelJackson [[ItWillNeverCatchOn thought that rap wouldn't catch on, according to Quincy Jones]], back in TheEighties. 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." [[note]]Who turned out to be RecordProducer Bill Bottrell working under a pseudonym - Botrell wrote the section intending to have a well-known professional rapper deliver the lyrics he wrote, but Michael liked the way he sounded on the demo so it became a PermanentPlaceholder[[/note]]. The video has ''Macaulay Culkin'' lip-sync this part.
** "This Time Around" (''[=HIStory=]'') and "Unbreakable" (''Invincible'') both feature Music/TheNotoriousBIG
** "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.
** "Jam" (''Dangerous'') features a rap by Heavy D.
* Speaking of Heavy D., His Royal Heaviness also interrupts a remix version of Michael's sister Music/JanetJackson 's song "Alright" to lay down a few lines as well.
* "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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgWgEoaAYDY "Smell Yo Dick."]]
* Wiz Khalifa:
** Music/{{Maroon 5}} has Wiz Khalifa appear in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRaWnd3LJfs "Payphone."]]
** Khalifa also appears in Music/CeeLoGreen's "Bright Lights, Bigger City". It should be noted that the studio versions of both songs omit Khalifa.
** Interestingly, one of Khalifa's own songs features this. "See You Again feat. Charlie Puth" begins with a somber piano and vocals by Puth, before having multiple sections where Khalifa raps. The disconnect is strong enough that there's a version that omits Khalifa entirely that gets ample radio play (mainly on adult contemporary stations).
* Betty Wright And The Roots' ''Betty Wright: The Movie'' has three such appearances - Music/SnoopDogg on "Real Woman", Music/LilWayne on "Grapes On A Vine" [[note]] Though he doesn't ''quite'' appear out of nowhere in this case - before he does his rapped bridge, he also interjects a few times during the verses, and even takes part in the chorus by repeating lyrics as spoken word[[/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.
* Music/{{Keane}}:
** Double-subverted by {{Music/Keane}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI9C9j0QgU4 Stop For A Minute.]] It features K'NAAN, a rapper, who [[PlayingAgainstType sings]]. But right after the second chorus, he abruptly switches to rapping.
** "Looking Back," however, plays it straight.
* Three tracks on Music/{{Giulietta}}'s debut album ''Ascension'' featured an uncredited MC. Her sophomore album/mixtape, ''911: Code Pink'', featured no less than ''seven'' rappers, all credited.
* Music/DaisyDaresYou's [[OneHitWonder sole hit]], "Number One Enemy", features Chipmunk, whose appearance is one BigLippedAlligatorMoment 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 Music/{{Anthrax}} song 1000 Points of Hate features dj scratching by Music/PublicEnemy's Terminator X.
* Creator/DisneyChannel examples:
** "Tell Me Something I Don't Know" by Music/SelenaGomez features one by an uncredited rapper.
*** "Intuition" features raps by Eric Bellinger.
** "Who's That Boy" by Music/DemiLovato 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 Music/MileyCyrus, rapped by Miley herself.
*** The hip-hop-influenced ''Bangerz'' has raps by Music/{{Future}}, French Montana, Nelly, BigSean, Music/{{Ludacris}} and Miley herself.
* The cartoon themed group ''{{Music/Gorillaz}}'' is an interesting case. Their first hit single - called "Clint Eastwood" - featured Del The Funky Homosapien as the rapper. From there on, quite a bit of their singles have been examples of this. Album-wise they do include various vocal collaborators, but most either carry the entire song (except, perhaps, for a chorus by 2D) or aren't rappers at all.
* 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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEgcLrgxUOw All I Need Is Love]] by Music/CeeLoGreen and Franchise/TheMuppets has a rap bridge... performed by [[BreakoutCharacter 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 Music/FrankieValliAndTheFourSeasons. 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''!
* Music/BruceSpringsteen 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 Music/JonasBrothers song "Burnin Up" features a rap by the brothers' bodyguard Big Rob.
* The Music/BradPaisley song "Accidental Racist" features Music/LLCoolJ doing one of the strangest rapping bits of all time.
* Music/ArianaGrande:
** "The Way" features Mac Miller doing the intro and the middle of the song.
** Big Sean shows up in "Right There".
** As does Music/IggyAzalea in "Problem".
** And Music/ChildishGambino in "Break Your Heart Right Back".
** Future appears in "Everyday".
* A very early version (possibly the ur-example, and definitely an [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome example]]) was the Run-DMC cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" in which the rappers took over the vocals.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57oUeO_OJMg Gersberms]] by Hard 'n' Phirm (a song based off the [[MemeticMutation Ermahgerd meme]]) has a rapping bridge from [[Series/TheMuppetShow The Swedish Chef]] of all things.
* Averted with everything from rock band Music/{{Zebrahead}}, for which rapper Ali Tabatabaee is actually one of the two vocalists in the band and his rapping is just part of [[PunkRap their style]].
* Music/EnterShikari do this in too many cases to count. Interestingly, the rapping is always done by lead singer Rou Reynolds.
* Same with Music/ThousandFootKrutch, enough that they can be considered RapRock. Their lead singer, Trevor [=McNevan,=] also inverts this in his relationship with Christian rapper Manafest. [=McNevan=] discovered Manafest and helped promote him as an artist, and as such he makes a guest appearance at least once on most of Manafest's albums. It has yet to be reciprocated, though, most likely due to the aforementioned RapRock.
* Music/CashCash:
** "Everytime We Touch" from Music/CashCash has a rapping segment by MC Oz and Spose worked on "Red Cup (I Fly Solo)."
** A later single, "Devil", features rap verses from Music/BustaRhymes and B.o.B.. The song outside those wild rapper appearances is in their normal style.
* Alice Cooper's "Dirty Diamonds" album was his usual style, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0p4QFYGXAo 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.
* Music/PetShopBoys' "Thursday" is a disco/house song, with Example rapping over the bridge.
* Music/ThirtySecondsToMars "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.
* Music/{{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 DistinctDoubleAlbum format of ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' means that this is one of the few times on either disc that both members appear in the same song.
* "Runaway" by Music/CabaretVoltaire, from an album that's essentially [[HouseMusic house]] meets SynthPop, contains a rap segment fitting in with the song's theme of money.
* Music/AmyWinehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" has two remixes featuring [[Music/WuTangClan Ghostface Killah]]: One restructures it as CallAndResponseSong, with each of Amy's sung verses receiving a rapped response from Ghostface. The other is a straighter example, since it's a shortened version of that same remix where Ghostface only gets one verse near the end of the song.
* Music/LinkinPark is quite fond of this trope, using it on their remixes, along with Rakim in their single "Guilty All the Same". Of course, like TLC above, they also have a rapper as a member of the band with Mike Shinoda, making it a JustifiedTrope when a song features rapping.
* In what's probably the only example of this trope (so far) occurring in a SymphonicMetal song, Music/WithinTemptation'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 Music/{{Queen}}'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L70vvZKxHf8 "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 Music/{{Newsboys}} (now lead by former dc Talk member Michael Tait) for their cover; unlike the original, they outsource the rap parts. To KJ-52, [[TheMoralSubstitute the Christian equivalent of]] Eminem.
* The Music/Doubleclicks' song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD3uXPkjDi0 "Tabletop Games"]] features a rap verse by {{Music/Adam WarRock}}.
* "Cruise" by Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine 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''.
* Music/LLCoolJ [[InvertedTrope had a wild guitarist appear in the midst of his rap ballad]]. The single still flopped.
* Music/{{KMFDM}}, of all bands, does this in a few tracks on ''UAIOE'' (most notably "Murder"), courtesy of a mysterious Jamaican vocalist by the name of Morgan Adjei. Suffice to say, it isn't one of their more popular albums.
* Strangely, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PDH2KCaaoM&t=40s "Tokyo Tower"]] by Japanese disco/funk artist Toshiki Kadomatsu not only features, but ''[[LyricalColdOpen opens up]]'' with an English rap by an unnamed rapper. Even more strangely, it actually seems to be relevant to what the song is about.
* The otherwise retro-electronic album "Outrun" by Music/{{Kavinsky}} has a rap song ("Suburbia") with lyrics by Havoc appear out of the blue before resuming the retro-electronic beat. It's doubly out of place when it refers to Twitter, which didn't become popular til long after the album's story takes place (1986 and 2006).
* Celia Cruz's "La Negra Tiene Tumbao" has random sections sprinkled in it, especially roughly 3 minutes in.
* The soundtrack of ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'' is mostly electronica/pop with primarily female artists, with the exception of the opening track "Meltdown". The song features [[Music/ATribeCalledQuest Q-Tip]] and Pusha T rapping verses while the soundtrack curator Music/{{Lorde}} sings the chorus. No other song afterwards features any rapping.
* This has become a much more common thing in ChristianRock, following the rise of Music/{{Lecrae}} and the Christian Rap genre in general. Chris Tomlin, Britt Nicole, and Jimmy Needham, among others, have brought in Christian rappers to add youth appeal to their more traditional style of CCM.
** Inverted with equal frequency, as Christian rappers bring in non-rap artists to appear on their tracks. This has led to unorthodox pairings such as Lecrae and Tenth Avenue North, NF and Britt Nicole, and Andy Mineo and Mac Powell (lead singer of Third Day).
** Was zig-zagged all over the place during the finale of each show on the Summer Shed Tour, which featured tobyMac, Music/{{Skillet}}, and Music/{{Lecrae}}. Being a former member of dc Talk, Toby was able to perform Jesus Freak (as mentioned above) as the encore of his set (which finished the show). But in addition to the existing rap bit, he brought out both Skillet and Lecrae to help. Lecrae (and labelmate Tedashii, who was headlining for him) added an additional rap verse to showcase their own abilities, and Skillet contributed their own musical style, turning one of the cornerstone songs of modern ChristianRock into an epic metal-rap fusion in the name of Jesus.
* "Hanging On" by Music/EllieGoulding is a very somber, subdued song. In an infamous remix of the song, it's interrupted in the middle by a random rap segment by Music/TinieTempah involving some rather crude lyrics that don't fit with the song at all, resulting in what may possibly be the biggest case of MoodWhiplash in music history. To say that fans of the original song loathe this particular version would be putting it ''very'' mildly.
* On [=MilkCan=]'s ''Music/MakeItSweet'', VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper shows up in the second half of "GOT TO MOVE! (Millennium Girl)", mostly mirroring the lyrics that Katy is singing.
* RapRock band Music/HollywoodUndead features rapping in most of their songs, rarely are there guest vocals. However, something to this effect was done in "Believe". It's sung mostly by Danny, the bands singer, until halfway through where there's a rap by Johnny 3 Tears. Then at the end, J-Dog jumps in for a rap, before the song finishes.
* The UrExample could very well be Music/PaulSimon's music video for "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," which is introduced by a rapper and a beatboxer.
* Music/TheWeeknd's song "The Hills" received an official remix featuring Music/{{Eminem}}, which replaces the two original verses with two guest rap verses. It was actually well-received.
* Music/{{K-pop}} loves this trope to the point where nearly every song has a rap break and every group has a designated rapper included in the lineup.
* Music/EdSheeran's "Don't" has a remix with rapper Music/RickRoss. It's also the only version where you can hear Ed sing 'fuck' uncensored.
* El Sol Caracol's first (and so far only album) is composed mainly of various Latin (particularly Caribbean) infused varieties of pop and rock. The second song, "El Compa", contains a rap interlude.
* Inverted on the version of "Ghostbusters" from ''Film/Ghostbusters2016'' by Music/FallOutBoy and Music/MissyElliott - Missy does just about all the vocals on the track with Patrick Stump doing occasional sung lines on the chorus.
* Music/{{Sting}} got in on this on the album ''Brand New Day''. While the chanting on 'Desert Rose' makes some sense, why is French rapper Sté Strausz breaking in on 'Perfect Love ... Gone Wrong'?
* Music/SugarRay's "Fly" features Super Cat, another example of a reggae artist in this role. In fact, one version of the song features Super Cat doing an entire verse between the second and third verses (along with a rendition of the nursery rhyme Georgie Porgie, near the end of the song).
* Grace's cover of "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore adds a rap portion by G-Eazy. The rap portion is a love it or hate it deal, especially by those who enjoy the original (which are [[CoveredUp a minority]], at least with younger fans).
* The Music/SteeleyeSpan album ''Dodgy Bastards'' has a version of Steeleye standard "Boys of Bedlam" with a rap section written by Alex Kemp (son of Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp). On the album it's more of a spoken-word section performed by Julian Littman, but the liner notes say there's a full-on rap version performed by Alex (and with more explicit lyrics). There's a similar section in "Bad Bones" on the same album, this one written by Littman.
* Played for laughs in the song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3nhttUMhrI Every Bollywood Party Song]]":
-->''Every song has an obligatory rap portion''\\
''Sing in a rustic accent for a regional collection''
* [[{{Music/Erasure}} Erasure's]] cover of "Take a Chance on Me" (originally {{Music/ABBA}}) has a bridge full of MC Kinky reinterpreting the song as unintelligible raggamuffin toasting. MC Kinky, incidentally, is just as white as Erasure and ABBA, and she grew up in London, not Jamaica.
* By ACappella group Music/{{Pentatonix}}, in the single version of Can't Sleep Love, Tink jumps into the bridge of the song to rap for a couple of seconds, before disappearing again.
* The single "World in Motion" by Music/NewOrder, made for England's 1990 FIFA World Cup bid, has a cringe-inducing rap bridge performed by England footballer John Barnes. [[https://youtu.be/Re4aDJL3heA?t=2m30s It's quite something to behold.]]
* General Public's cover of I'll Take You There (originally by The Staple Singers) features another reggae example, with Ranking Roger doing an original reggae / dancehall verse that doesn't appear in the original version.
* Music/TheNeighbourhood's "[[AC:#[=icanteven=]]]" contains a rap section by French Montana. It seems to be from the POV of the person that the singer's girlfriend cheated with.
* ''Music/TheAquabats'':
** The bridge for "Pool Party!" features MC Bat Commander doing a rap verse.
** "Radio Down!" features a rap verse with WordSaladLyrics by Biz Markie.
--->''Pump the bass, pump it to highs\\
I want some ketchup with my hamburger and fries\\
You know me as B-I-Z M-A-R-K-I-with an-E\\
And this is how I slow it down in the place to be\\
Ooh, ah, I want a piece of pie\\
No matter what I say, it always comes out fly\\
That why I'm with the brothers that's got it like that\\
They go by the name of The Aquabats!''

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni's otherwise serious VillainSong has a part where Jessie and James recite their motto by rapping.
* The [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime short-lived]] and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks critically panned]] [[TotallyRadical hip-hop "street cat"]] version of Rum Tum Tugger in Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' performed his song as a rap. There is no rapping anywhere else in the musical, and so his number (and frankly, the new version of the character as a whole) seems out-of-place. That's why "street cat" Tugger was eventually phased out in favour of the original rock star.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* His World from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' 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 ''{{VisualNovel/Kanon}} (2006)'''s ending theme has a random and [[GratuitousEnglish incomprehensible]] rap segment. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_pQMSWY7o0&t=04m30s No, really.]] What's more, it was prominently featured in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ-TG5I8XE4#t=1m43s the show's trailer]]
* The first boss theme for ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}'', [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=FjLSrlCYeFg surprisingly an]] EarWorm. This rap was justified by being a sample from a then-famous disc, [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB68B32E897CC194C Masterbits Climax 9 - RAPsody (Vocals II)]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBDa4wTq0oI Final Fight stage theme]] in the arcade version of ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNKMillenniumFight2000'' has a gangster rap segment, complete with profanity. The console ports of the game cut out the rap segment.
* The intro to ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' 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.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwQWKkXzFzg U.S. Tuned]], the North American opening for ''Auto Modellista''.
* The normal battle theme for ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'' has a random rapper enter the song just before it loops.
* Off the Hook from ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' is a music duo consisting of pop vocals by Marina and rap vocals by Pearl, all done in ConLang.
* The credits theme of ''Monster Seeking Monster'' from ''VideoGame/TheJackboxPartyPack 4'' contains a rap segment about a minute and thirty seconds in.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The ending credits sequence for ''VisualNovel/{{SC2VN}}'' features a song by Temp0.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner: Inverted with "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rap Song]]" by [[PissTakeRap Coach Z]] (accidentally) featuring Peacey P. The song itself is all rap, but has an R&B break, performed by Tenerence Love. "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/loadingscreens.html Loading Screens]]" is a straight example, as is "[[http://www.homestarrunner.com/trudgemank.html Trudgemank]]".
* "In the Ocean Blue", from the third episode of ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'', is occasionally interrupted by a shrimp rapping names of many sea creatures similarly to the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokerap]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** In the album version of Yang Xiao Long's {{Leitmotif}} "I Burn", Lamar Hall suddenly breaks in with a rap verse.
** Lamar Hall again makes a rap appearance in Team CFVY's theme "Caffeine", though it makes more sense there given how fast the rest of the song is sung.
* The Website/{{Newgrounds}} music videos of "Beware the Forest's Mushrooms" from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', [[https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/382576 "Rawest Forest"]] and [[https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/574257 "Waltz of the Forest,"]] both have rap verses.

[[folder:Web Original]]
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXiQw6LNjg This cover]] of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoHBWjP2pbI 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).
* Creator/TomSka's "Shoot All Your Problems Away"--a light and upbeat little song--has the man himself appear to give a short rap.
* Lampshaded and [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in the WebVideo/KeyOfAwesome [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AL14KGWTU0 parody]] of Music/KatyPerry's "ET":
-->'''Katy Perry:''' ''[[Music/KanyeWest 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.''
* WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows:
** Todd said that he checked out {{Music/Justin Bieber}}'s new Christmas album because a live version of a song had one featuring Music/BustaRhymes.
** 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 WebVideo/TheRapCritic 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, [[HypocriticalHumor ruining the momentum of the video]]!
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2WiKF1bqgI This]] video from ChesterSee and Creator/{{Tobuscus}} features ''[[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Wayne Brady]]'' as the wild rapper.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgSwD4j8v1c 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 LetsPlay/{{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, LetsPlay/HatFilms come and do an impromptu rap which completely clashes with the rest of the song, then disappear again. Just before the song rounds up, LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood does the same thing.
* The WebVideo/{{Jacksfilms}} song "Take Off Your Clothes (Like Scarlett Johansson)" features Toby Turner, aka Creator/{{Tobuscus}}, appear to deliver a short rap, then skateboard away.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2137 SCP-2137]], "The Forensic Ghost of Music/TupacShakur" (written by Creator/MaxLandis), where long-unsolved crimes by still active criminals would be told in a song by an old artist (including the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, and The Who) featuring a guest verse by Music/TupacShakur (who is normally the "primary artist", doing a rap about a murderer on the loose).
* Music/{{SiIvaGunner}}:
** Just like in the Payphone example above, Siiva's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulnbjqf0Os0 Snow Halation (Demo)]]" (a mashup of "[[Franchise/LoveLive Snow Halation]]" and "[[Music/Maroon5 Payphone]]") features Wiz Khalifa showing up to rap during the solo.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EMuEZ_I6D0 Go My Way!! (REM@STER-A)]]" (another mashup of "Snow Halation", this time with "[[Anime/TheIdolmaster Go My Way!!]]") randomly features Music/{{DMX}} rapping for the last measures of the 1st chorus. (This is a reference to an old mashup of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPntjTPWgKE Go My Way!! with Where the Hood At]].)

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Exaggerated in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Parodied in the episode "Total Rickall," where Summer is taken on a magical ''My Little Pony''-style fantasy musical sequence that gets jarringly interrupted by a rapper who shouts angry rap verses out of his sports car.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama 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 ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5uujMb_hbo BellyButton]]".
* The opening theme to ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'', 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!''
* ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'' 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, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did an in-universe one, with Bart interrupting a school recital to perform "Do the Bartman." (Amusingly, this would be referenced in a CallBack on the TV show proper about a decade later, with a character, no other than [[TheDitz Ralph Wiggum]], mocking it by saying "That is ''so'' 1991!")
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' episode [[Recap/LittlestPetShop2012S2E7WhatMemeWorry "What, Meme Worry?"]], the Biskit twins have their butler [=LeGrande=] do this in their music video.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-lxHlitTus This promo]] for ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has Richard as the rapper.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowMurraySavedChristmas'': The Easter Bunny does this during the town's anthem number.
* During the ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' episode "Beat the Band" Strawberry's band plays a song. It's mostly pop except for the random rap portions mainly provided by TheOneGuy Huckleberry.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', the episode "Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite" introduces us to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imPa37z1COM Rappin' Space Goblin]].
* Parodied in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' where [[TheDitz Stumpy]] dresses up as a rapper and starts rapping for no reason... in the middle of a ''basketball game''.