Gratuitous Rap

"You know there's something you should know so I'm gonna tell you so don't sweat it, forget it, enjoy the show"

Basically, things like characters performing brief rap numbers in stories where it isn't the primary subject.

Compare Piss-Take Rap and A Wild Rapper Appears!. Not to be confused with Gratuitous Rape.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Gintama: Katsura and his "Katsurap." Even more gratuitous are the recaps for the Thorny Boys arc.
  • That one episode of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo with the roller coaster.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Ringmaster in the Doctor Who serial "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy".
  • Degrassi Junior High constantly. The worst was Rick's environmental rap.
  • Champion ice skater Katerina Witt suddenly and bizarrely breaks into a full-on rap during one of the Christmas TV specials she made in the early '90s.

  • Each of the stiffs do this in Class of 1812 whenever they are dug up.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Minion Comics features a Teddy Ruxpin-esque stuffed turtle singing a rap song entitled "Punch Your Bitch In The Mouth" advising schoolchildren about how to treat their girlfriends.
  • Homestuck, with GameBro, which doesn't seem to have any specific character performing it, but is a rap about an obscure plot element that resurfaces a negligible amount of times in the massive comic.

    Web Original 
  • Commentary! The Musical, "Neil's Turn": in the middle of a song he suddenly starts rapping.
    I'll charm the chicks (Are those real? Ha!)
    Do magic tricks (Was it the three of spades? Ho!)
    Lay down some tap
    And I can rap
    My name is Neil and I'm here to say, [random rapping noises]
    No I can't rap
    That was painful...

    Western Animation