"Yeah, paying the bills with my mean computing skills! Defraggin' my hard drive for thrills!
Got me a hundred gigabytes of RAM! I never feed trolls and I don't read spam.
Installed a T1 line in my house! Always at my PC double-clickin' on my mizzous!
Upgrade my system at least twice a day, I'm strictly plug-and-play! I ain't afraid of Y2K!
I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him 'money' for short. I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support! It's all about the pentiums, what!"
Boastful, self-aggrandizing songs
really occur in all genres, but it's particularly common for rappers
to rap about how they're badass/what they can do
, about their possessions, homies, and stuff, about who they are, or a combination of all of the above. Rapping about how good they are at rapping
is also a popular subject.
The Golden Age Of Hip Hop
was full of these kinds of songs.
Compare Bragging Theme Tune
and A Wild Rapper Appears
. If sung by a antagonistic character, can be considered a Villain Song
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- A few of the Beastie Boys' songs affirm their rapping ability, though it is at times so absurd that it's quite possibly parody ("Got more hits than Sadaharu Oh", indeed).
- NWA. Sort of. They popularized all this.
- House Of Pain also likes them.
- Kanye West and Estelle - "American Boy", in which Kanye brags about his fame and fashion sense, with Estelle complimenting him for good measure.
- Ludacris - "Stand Up", bragging about his various club antics and including the memorable line "Watch out for the medallion, my diamonds are reckless, feels like a midget is hanging from my necklace"
- Ludacris' Rollout is someone in amazement of his loot, mixed with telling the media to stop hounding him.
- In fact, a B-side on his first album is called "Mouthing Off":
They call me Seymour Butts, cause I get mo' ass than most
They say I'm next and got that butter love, and get too close
- Rihanna, Hard
- The Binary Star song "Honest Expression" is largely a reaction to this trope; an extended tirade about how everybody who makes Boastful Rap songs is a poser who is killing hip-hop.
- Knuckles the Echidna gets into the act in Sonic Adventure, trying to convince us that he didn't chuckle in every single one of his Sonic 3 appearances, or that he has any form of visible musculature.
- Most of HP Baxxter's song lyrics have something to do with his superiority as a rapper.
- Scooter do have a lot of haters, especially since they started relying on squeaky voiced choruses all the time. So you'll have an odd situation where in the verses HP is rapping about his brilliance and originality and the chorus is a squeaky voiced rendition of a well known song. Then again, this is quite common in classic hip hop.
- Jimmy's rap from Dreamgirls, which immediately leads to the firing of Jimmy.
- Sushi K's rap in Snow Crash. Which is frighteningly terrible and ironically contrasted with a murder carried out by Raven, described in-book as the baddest-ass motherfucker in the world.
- About half of Jedi Mind Tricks' discography, but "Serenity In Murder" deserves a honorary mention for the line
"Vinnie vicious like a werewolf at night/
I could go to the woods and kill a bear with my mic"
- A lot of Missy Elliott's songs are this trope.
- Timbaland's Kill Yourself.
- Let's be honest here - hip-hop itself largely consists of this trope, especially in The Eighties and The Nineties. Artists like Rakim, the various members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Big L, and more perfected the Boastful Rap. Doesn't stop a lot of it from being Crowning Music of Awesome, though.
- This is true, particularly for Big L. He personified this trope. Just look up the lyrics to any one of his songs.
- Both "A Lot of Stick" and "Doubting Me" by Kareeminal start off very much like True Art is Angsty but by the end they turn into this trope.
- Look Pimpin from MadWorld, as sung by the final boss, The Black Baron (stop staring). There's also You Don't Know Me, which was based around the lady bosses (Elise and Rin-Rin). Not based on anyone, but still a boast of power, is Ain't That Funny, the Great Wall Street theme.
- In Anarchy Reigns, Maxmillion has Unlimited Resources, a song that describes how nothing can stop him and how he'll destroy all in his way. There are also now two song for the ladies, I Know U Want Me for Rinrin and It's All About Me for Feirin.
- Honestly, pretty much 95% of Anarchy Reings' soundtrack consists of rap that proclaims the singer's superiority, usually in battle. Given that they are battle themes, this is not surprising. Jaw? Lights Out? Play My Ass Off? Kill Em All? Pick pretty much any song in the soundtrack, it's significantly more likely to be a boastful rap than anything else.
- Even the poster boys of Wangst aren't exempt from this. See Linkin Park's "Step Up" and "High Voltage". The band's rapper continues this trend with Fort Minor's "Remember the Name".
- My power towers like the Eiffel/ Believe I got the right pull/ My vision is insightful/ You look you get an eye-full...
- Bradley Nowell of Sublime was fond of these, the most famous probably being from the song "What I Got" 'I can play guitar like a motherfuckin riot.'
- LL Cool J's battles with Kool Moe Dee were the stuff of Hip Hop legend.
- Lil B has claimed to be God, Bill Clinton, the Devil, Paris Hilton, Hugh Hefner, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Mel Gibson, and Ellen Degeneres and to look like Jesus, Bill Gates mixed with Barack Obama, and the pope. He also called himself "The Based God," whatever that means.
- Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar" was a surprising deconstruction of this trope. Though he wasn't parodying those who boast, it was definitely more about the insecurities and loneliness that come from 'gangsta' celebrity rather than the perks, fame, and money.
- Kanye West: Oh, yes...
- Likewise Jay-Z's predecessor Big Daddy Kane
- Bender from Futurama is fond of these
- Olive from A.N.T. Farm spits fire on the M-I-C mostly about her genius-like talents
- Teen Witch has a trio of white boys rap against the titular character's best friend who all of a sudden starts rapping boastfully as a result of her friend's witch powers.
- iCarly during the party scenes of iParty with Victorious is a good example of this trope. However, Sam and Rex are the only characters that don't make Tupac roll over in his grave.
- Subverted by Robbie who gets knocked unconscious by an angry crowd member before he can make a presumably poor attempt of a Boastful Rap.
- Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now".
- DJ Khaled's All I Do Is Win might be one of the straightest examples to hit the charts in recent years. Features guest spots from T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross, and every single one of them is attempting to one-up each other.
- Mickey Avalon's My Dick is all about the comparative size of the artist's genitals.
- Name one Pitbull song that doesn't fit this trope to a T.
- "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is an amusing example that still plays the trope straight. Most boastful raps focus on how wealthy and stylish the rapper is. This song brags about how great the rapper looks despite having no money and "wearing your granddad's clothes."
- LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It."
- The Black Eyed Peas do this sometimes, like "Boom Boom Pow" and "Imma Be." Fergie does this too ("Fergalicious," anyone?).
- Don McCloskey's "Return of the Freak MC" starts off with him mock-complaining about how folk-singers brag about how much money they have, how many banjos they play, before launching into a song about how broke AND awesome he is.
- "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor (Mike Shinoda and Styles of Beyond working together), in which each artist gets two verses. They proceed to describe themselves in a distinctly self-satisfied fashion.
- Cher Lloyd's "Swagger Jagger". A white British girl rapping about how awesome she is and how everyone's trying to jack her swag, to the tune of "Oh My Darling, Clementine". It's exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.
- While most of Bad Lip Reading's "(Rockin') All Nite Long" is silly like their other works, Wiz Khalifa lays one straight line that stands out.
"'Bout to get raw, bells gotta ring, I'm a alchemist, the beat is my base metal..."
- Here is a boastful rap about representing your culture, set to a 2pac beat. It's called "Got Rice?" by Joey Lo Flow (usually stylized as AZN Pride). Also to ponder, the Asian rapper's gratuitous use of the N-word.
"Got rice, bitch
? Got rice? Got food, got soup, got spice? Got brains like us?
Got skills like us?
Fuck no hell you white, you'll never be like us."
- Toyed with by Insane Clown Posse, who boast about things like sex with obese women and having magic powers in a parody of the boastful rap style.
Others rap about all the money they got
All the ice they wear and all the people they shot
All the chicks they pullin' all the cars they drive
Only we'd rap about fucking a beehive.
- From The Lonely Island:
- "I'm On a Boat", featuring T-Pain.
- "Natalie's Rap". Natalie Portman is fucking scary.
- "Like a Boss", which just turns into something else entirely. It's a parody of, what else, Slim Thug's "Like a Boss".
- "We're Back!", which brags about erectile dysfunction, amongst other things.
- "Jack Sparrow" starts out as one of these, but is derailed by Michael Bolton, who's been marathoning the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The boys attempt to regain control of the song - and fail. Though getting him to change the subject to Scarface makes it mildly more appropriate.
- "Watch Me Do Me", wherein the "I'ma do me" in rap is taken a wee bit too seriously.
- "We'll Kill U", in which two incredibly non-threatening white nerds brag about how they'll kill you in a completely deadpan, bored fashion.
- "Pixie Rap", from The Fairly Oddparents. To make it even funnier, it's performed by Method Man and Redman, who are well accustomed to doing this with the upmost sincerity.
- "I'm a Gangsta", which is from a dorky white kid.
- This rap video with, out of all people, Taylor Swift. Also featuring T-Pain.
- P.D.Q Bach's "Classical Rap," as recorded by Grandmaster Flab and the Hoople Funkharmonic:
I'm the apex, I'm the best. I'm considerably better than all the rest.
- "White And Nerdy" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
There's no killer app I haven't run
At Pascal well I'm number 1
Do vector calculus just for fun...
I'm down with Bill Gates, I call him "Money" for short
I phone him up at home and I make him do my tech support
- 50 Cent did "Window Shopper" with a video that featured super-imposed pricetags on every piece of product placement. Lily Allen then did "Nan You're A Window Shopper" which reversed and parodied the original.
- In 1984, "The Rappin' Duke" was John Wayne claiming to be the first rapper.
- "Gangnam Style" by PSY. The narrator brags about his luxurious life style, while the video reveals the inaccuracies. For example, PSY appears to be lounging on beach, but he's actually on a playground; he brags about his wealth while sitting on the toilet, and so on.
- Gangnam is a wealthy part of Seoul, South Korea. The main line is "Oppan [big brother] Gangnam Style" - the song is effectively from the viewpoint of a man who went to Gangnam and now thinks he's hot shit.
- "The Shadow of Def" by Brave Saint Saturn.
Master of beats and the cross-fader,
I'll cut off your hand just like Darth Vader.
You step to me, you're gonna get dissed, homeboy.
- For a better Star Wars reference, try the second Star Wars Gangsta Rap, which is about the Rebels and Empire having a rap battle. ROLL UP ON YER PLANET, DEATH STAR DRIVE-BY!
- Jon Lajoie's Everyday Normal Guy talks about how normal he is.
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…Nothin’ special bout me motherfucker.
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…When I go to the club I wait in line motherfucker.
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…I got $600 in the bank motherfucker
I’m just a regular everyday normal guy…And my sexual performance is average.
"I buy a lot of expensive thing because I have a lot of money. You cant afford expensive things because you don't have a lot of money"
"When I show women my money they want to have sex with me and they always have orgasms because my penis is so big, 25 inches long
and 12 inches wide
- "Pace, Precision, Power", which is a boastful rap about Pro Evolution Soccer.
- The Flobots' "Handlebars" is a deconstruction of boastful rap, starting with childlike bragging ("I can ride my bike with no handlebars") and culminating in some pretty scary stuff ("I can end the planet in a holocaust").
- Jaden's Rap from Yu Gi Ohthe Abridged Series
- Spose's song, fittingly titled I'm Awesome
- Hot Chip's "The Warning" parodies it with a chorus that'd sound threatening, if only it weren't delivered in a mild-mannered voice more reminiscent of John Arbuckle than Jay-Z...
Hot Chip will break your legs
Snap off your head
Hot Chip will put you down
Under the ground
- Ever heard anyone rap about being a freelance Final Cut Pro editor? You have now.
- Every Wrestler in GLOW did this before every match, including the one that would become WWE's Ivory. The parody came from most of the roster being stock Foreign Wrestling Heel.
- The Veronicas "Popular".
- The Rap Critic raps about this in his music video "Oh, Really?":
- Tinie Tempah's "Pass Out" is half straight example, half Affectionate Parody. The hook is standard if arguably lame Boastful Rap about partying and drinking and getting all the women, but the verses contain bizarre, uncool boasts like "I got so many clothes I keep them in my aunt's house" and "I'm pissed I never got to fly on a Concorde / I been Southampton but I've never been to Scunthorpe". (Note: for Americans unsure about those English towns, know that they are both desperately uncool.)
- There are mock rap battles in Homestuck (of course), including the lamest and best in the history of Paradox Space.
- At one point, Tavros attempts to troll Dave by performing a Boastful Rap ("'Cause I'm your bully, and you're not in charge"), but unintentionally keeps making it homoerotic, much to Tavros's chagain.
- On Whose Line Is It Anyway? Wayne Brady and Brad Sherwood once did a rap song about being an astronaut. "We're gonna blast off out of this place / And we're gonna drag your butt to outer space! And if you do not like it I do not care / Because I told you once, I'm breathing BOTTLED AIR!"
- The SCP Foundation has an epic rap battle between SCP-076-2 and SCP-682.
- The Simpsons episode "New Kids on the Blech," where Bart is reading aloud from the song they're to sing (sort-of rap, like the Boy Bands do):
Bart: "Party Posse, we rule the earth, / The greatest band since music's birth?"
Nelson: Isn't this song a little boastful?
Milhouse: No one told me there was going to be boasting.
- Another from The Simpsons is Poochie's introduction when he first appears on Itchy and Scratchy.
- Epic Rap Battle by Rhett & Link is pretty much a boasting competition.
- Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer's "Straight Out Of Surrey" is a boastful rap about what an awesome cricketer he is.
- The opening of "(My Name Is) Macbeth" by Mitch Benn (the Too Late To Cancel live bonus track version):
Grab your seats when I grab my quill, yo,
I drop bombs when I write my plays, bitch
Using my skills and my talent with grammar ta,
- Rappin' Rodney somehow managed to boast about how little respect he gets.
- Professor Elemental has "Splendid", where he pleasantly raps about how his life is great and he's "really pleased". "Fighting Trousers", his diss song, is a more aggressive, but still silly, take on this, full of attacks on Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
- The "Celtic Boast Battle" from Horrible Histories. Charles II's "King of Bling" rap also has some boastful elements, as Charles brags about his popularity and even lists the names of several women he's slept with. Then there's Marcus Licinius Crassus, although if anyone can brag about how rich they are, it's him:
There's Romans think they're minted, but they ain't rich like me!
You can't call yourself loaded till you can buy an army!
Ran Rome with Pompey and Caesar, they're more famous than me,
But I'm the world's richest geezer, there's no-one richer than me!
- Played straight (assuming Poe's Law doesn't apply) in Dave Stdider Pokemon Traner when Dave needs to open a door that only opens to rappers. Then parodied when Karkat tried the same thing.
im kitkat and dvea sux
and im awesome
and i hate dvae becuz he is lame
dave is dumb
- Dormtainment parodies the tendency for rappers to rap about how "hood" they are in their video "Straight Outta Dunwoody"note :
Straight outta Dunwoody
Riding my Suburban in the suburbs
And I talk proper
Never use curse words
6 deep ridin' with a broken window (it's hot)
A broken AC got our foreheads damp
And a 5 minute ride equals 5 leg cramps
- Every episode of Epic Rap Battles of History involves at least some of this.
- The Digital Underground song "The Humpty Dance" is a humorous example if not an outright parody.
- "Deadpool - A Blurred Lines Parody", done by D Piddy, basically turns that song into one of these, centered on the titular character.
- Pokemon The Mewsical has Brock's song, which is a rap about how he's a chick magnet using Pokemon-themed words. it's... not entirely accurate.